Pretty much disabled everything in sight. Cortana (including searchUI), telemetry, most of the apps, and pulled them out of the wider start menu. Looks like you can't add things to said menu without it becoming a big square, rather than just a simple line. Probably easy to change. Anyway, I have a keyboard with 18 'G' keys, with the option to have three levels, so 54 'G' keys in total. I'll get all my regular websites, apps and whatnot programmed into that, so no need for taskbar shortcuts and start menu for the most part. It's far easier to hit a single key to load a website than browse a start menu, taskbar, or a speed dial.
It's coming along not too bad. Updates are as disabled as possible, in the sense that Windows does nothing until told to. Notifications for them are gone too, unless I go into the notify or 'things to be done' areas.
Still hemming and hawing over Defender. As with browsers, I'm getting to the point that one's as good or as bad as most of the others, with the only differences being how intrusive or customisable they are. I tend to double up with Malwarebytes (free) for periodic system scans anyway, leaving MWB disabled the rest of the time.
Must remember to pull an older version of MS Paint across. The 3D paint that came with Win 10 is probably wonderful if you have the patience and time to fiddle with all the new gizmos. I tend just to use paint for painty stuff, and mostly use Irfanview for most image stuff.
The Paint that came with Win7 (and Vista?) was silly. They shifted the 0,0 line pixel so you had to focus on a different part of the pixel to be accurate, and swapped the page up/down zooms around. Pointless, and to this day I press the wrong way after 15 years of being tuned to the older way. Stupid, pointless changes in the name of re-inventing the wheel.
Every new release of Windows seem to mean a new way to all the same stuff a different (not an easier) way. By all means supply 'New 3D Paint' and 'Old Paint' together, but that would be silly, wouldn't it.
I read on a forum recently,
"The desktop is an outdated concept, and should be retired"
No mention whatsoever of what should replace it, but presumably the twit uses a mobile device. The desktop is a simple concept. This is where I put the things I will work on now. I pull things from 'x' and 'y' to the desktop and work on them. A central place to focus on the work. What it's called can change every week, if that's what people want, but its concept will remain the same, because people are lazy
clever enough to gather their work around them, rather than move around from place to place and waste time.