What luck for the rulers that men do not think.
 
Adolf Hitler
 
Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.
 
George Orwell

Windows 8 & 10

Shutup10

O&O ShutUp10 is a free privacy tool that provides you with full control over which functions in Windows 10 you choose to use and how far data gets shared. The power of privacy is right at your fingertips - choose which unwanted functions you wish to deactivate. Portable Version - no installation required.

https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10
Download...
https://dl5.oo-software.com/files/ooshutup10/OOSU10.exe

Classic Shell/Open Shell

Hate the Modern UI of Windows. Get back control of your START menu.
http://www.classicshell.net/
As of December 2017, Classic Shell was no longer in active development. A new project was started on GitHub using the Classic Shell source code under the name Open Shell.
https://github.com/Open-Shell/Open-Shell-Menu