Well, I finally hacked last year's version of Windows 10 (version 1703) into a shape where everything seems to work without snags or spying or faulty Windows Ink drivers. -In fact, I *just* finished getting completely fed up with the most recent version of Win10 which came on a newly acquired (used) Dell laptop. -The fan kept spinning up whenever I'd walk away for more than 10 minutes and my router light would go crazy with activity. When I sat back down and touched the mouse, everything stopped. You know the process monitor which comes with Windows? The one which shows a real-time listing of what programs and processes are pulling CPU cycles? Did you know that you cannot get it to record that stuff over time? Well you can't. -Being able to scroll through a timeline to see what the elves were doing while you were sleeping seems like a fairly obvious and useful feature. There are many comments out there in web-search land indicating that this is a commonly shared opinion. But Microsoft doesn't provide that kind of tool unless you super-dig around and learn a bunch of complicated things. So I spent a whole day using obscure developer tools and going through instructional videos and documents learning about stacks and threads, just trying to work out what the hell was going on secretly in the background of my computer when I looked away. I made some progress. I found a bunch of sneaky, CPU-hogging items, but it wasn't clear what the hell they were and what they were doing. I don't know if they were malware, Microsoft Big Brother processes, 'helpful' search indexers and malware filtering, or just badly written leaky code from various drivers. After a heroic effort to tame or kill them, and totally failing, I finally got fed up and wiped the whole goddamned drive and cloned the old Win10 system from my old computer which I'd spent months whipping into shape. It was easier with last year's Windows 10 version. Many of the tricks I used then have been disabled in today's Win10. Anyway, all of this took about 3 days of nonsense and fiddling, but I got a working system finally. Now when I walk away from the computer, it quiets down rather than heats up. (I also spent an evening changing all my security passwords and personal information, just in case. That's a LONG process, boy! Pretty much takes a whole evening.) I can promise you.., until the next, NEXT generation of hardware requires that I beat my brains out with OS trash, I'm staying pat where I am. If Linux were to provide me with the next solution, one which runs the best drawing software and drives my tablet hardware, I'd gladly jump ship. I'm not holding my breath, though.