So if your computer doesn't have the TPM chip and the drive can't be encrypted this way, there's nothing to worry about. I believe that even some Linux distributions will encrypt your hard drive by default.
They will ask at set up, but the Linux Distros I have installed do not just assume you want it done.
I am surprised that more machines don't have TPM as it have been around for a while and a few years back I saw in articles that all computers would have it.
The point is that Microsoft are trying hard to make the operating system both more secure and more robust for the average user. To portray this as some sort of invasion of privacy is irresponsible as the intent is the very opposite. It's a bit like complaining about the fact that the computer will check the integrity of the file system on boot if it detects a potential problem. You don't ask it to do so, but that doesn't mean that this sort of protection is in any way intrusive.
you do seem to like Ms and it seems like they can do no wrong and everything they do is for our own good, you just keep believing that.
If you are a non-average user and don't like these protection mechanisms you just disable them.
Just make the options more in people face instead of trying to hide them.
Anyway, I have a small problem with my computer that I can not solve and the image back up I made for some reason seems to have the same problem, so I have to reinstall windows 8.1 from scratch
Maybe I should just change my Linux distro to the SSD and stick windows on the older drive.
Desktop machine now powered by windows 8 pro 64bit, no dreaded metro and Linux , laptop by Linux