Windows update can be stopped within W10 in 10 mins of your life and google. "Microsoft spying,omg", relax, it can spy you on whatever OS they want. You don't care much about google spying us, or Mozilla etc. just because you opened Chrome, they can say where you live, what PC you have, your IP adress, what do you want to buy for Xmass, what is your next computer upgrade and that you like porn alot. I meen, really While i am not a fan of "future proofing" on the hardware side, having the latest in the OS it is more important.