> I am having trouble understanding your brand of paranoia:
Thank you for your concern ;)
> * You have issues with accepting cookies from support.microsoft.com
Absolutely, indeed i block cookies from most websites, although i allow them for the session on say, e-commerce sites, so that my shopping basket works. With regards to Microsoft specifically, at work i don't block cookies, and because i have various accounts for MSDN etc., when i go to the support website it must find some old cookie and decides that i need to logon to see the site. But it DOESN'T tell me what account it wants me to login under (MSDN, live, 365 or whatever)! Trying the same from home (with no cookies) works fine (no login required). That is unnecessary complexity, monitoring and meddling.
> * Yet you apparently continue to use Windows. Else why would you care about GWX?
I have been using Windows for nigh on 30 years (starting on a VAXmate in the mid eighties). Over that time it gradually got better up to XP, stumbled badly with Vista but then recovered well with Windows 7. Since then it has exponentially got worse in almost all respects, so i WILL continue to use Windows, but on "7" only, and will be planning a migration soon ready for support ending (or nag-ware/slurping going too far).
> * And you don't routinely use your favourite browser's private browsing mode. You indeed seem to imply ignorance of it.
I have already tried your link in Private Browsing mode, and it doesn't work there either - although that is probably because i am blocking the cookies anyway. I actually go much further than Private Browsing, and use the likes of NoScript and RequestPolicy etc. There are too many 3rd-party hangers-on out there for my liking (and it speeds up browsing muchly).
> I don't know, really. Is there a real issue you're facing, or are you just making up objections, at this point?
The issue is, i can't see the contents of the link that you posted due to Microsoft's unnecessary messing!
> And a similar, but more general, question to the downvoters:
FWIW, i didn't downvote you, indeed if i could read the article and it was useful, i would probably have given you an upvote.