In trying to fix this mess, I've somehow gotten my system at a point where it is in an infinite loop of 'You need to restart your computer before...' regarding updates. It is just a mess. On the other hand, I think that this has inadvertently saved me from the telemetry updates, so there's that. Yep, be moving to Linux soon.
Sounds like what happened to my W7 and I'm reminded of it on the very few occasions I've felt the need to boot into Win. More than happy with the shift to Mint so far. Also fixed a W10 problem for a friend on Monday. Upgraded his new Acer notebook to Mint.