Watch those Win7/8.1 updates or be assimilated by the Borg.
[WIN7] Attention to Telemetry updates 'preview' for Win 7 / 8.1Microsoft previews telemetry push with new Win7/8.1 patches KB 3192403, 3192404
October 18, 2016
"It sure looks like Windows 10-class snooping is coming to Windows 7 and 8.1"
"Yesterday Microsoft released seven new patches through Windows Update. Three of them -- KB 3192403 for Windows 7, KB 3192404 for Windows 8.1, and KB 3192406 for Windows Server 2012 -- confirm a trend we've long expected: Microsoft is adding new telemetry/snooping capabilities to Win7, 8.1, and Server 2012 by growing out its Diagnostic and Telemetry service subsystem, DiagTrack. The big push will come in November"
Woody @ Infoworld gives a good rundown on it.
The article is well worth the read.
Beyond the privacy concerns there is the matter of yet another process running unseen in the background and using data.
It is an uphill battle at times now to try and get a novice user to understand the concept of background processes and the data they use.
Just what we need, another one!
I'm leaving it local as opposed to switching it to a Microsoft account based computer.
You don't have to type in the password whenever you boot. If you type the following into the command prompt, uncheck (or check, then uncheck if it's already unchecked when it opens) the "user must enter name and password to use this computer", and fill in your password (two places), you'll never have to enter it when the computer starts. It will just go to the desktop automatically.
Type the following into the command prompt...
Both my desktop and my laptop have Windows 10 and are associated with my Microsoft account. I'm only keeping the Windows 8.1 notebook as local because I won't use it for anything other than basic browsing and as a test bed for programs that I'm not familiar with.