So ages and ages ago, I posted a rather whiny thread asking/grousing about problems with Win10 and any recommendations regarding it. I'm looking, more calmly, for any updated advice y'all may have. More opinions are useful data. I am -finally- pulling the trigger on a new PC, and I'm trying not to work myself back into a state of research-induced paranoia. I have all my files ready to dump on an external and switch over, and I'm trying to keep from waffling too much. I'm buying something off the shelf, and within my parameters and price range, everything comes with 10 Home. Considering what I'm planning to do, I don't think the upgrade to Pro is really worth it - I'm okay with (and have the instructions for) doing a registry tweak to shut off Cortana (I'd be fine installing gpedit as well, but apparently MS removed that option). So for people who've been using 10 for ages now, and not hating it, are there any real standout issues to watch for? I already know about going in and slapping every possible privacy setting to Deny, and switching telemetry to Basic mode. A couple other random questions I've yet been unable to answer from Google searches: - early in Win10, there were horror stories about updates installing and rebooting PCs spontaneously, is that still a thing? I don't seem many mentions of it any more. - likewise, horror stories about random updates bricking PCs. I only have one personal machine, so grabbing fixes off another isn't really feasible. Is this a thing that still happens? Likewise, haven't seen much on it. - I'm indecisive on the AV/firewall front. I have install files for Avast and ZA ready to go, but I keep reading that Defender and the built-in firewall are pretty reasonable these days. For an average user who surfs the internet and wants to play some more modern PC games, is it worth screwing around with something more complicated? - less technically, from what I've been reading I feel like I'm very out of place for...y'know, shutting my PC down when I'm done with it for the day. Do people just not do that any more? Not a serious question. Again, this is all research-induced paranoia talking. Let's just say the last time I bought a PC, I plugged it in, booted, made my account, copied my files, and went. I didn't have to worry about a thousand different activations and privacy options, and it's all new and frightening to me.