Re: "keep MS from taking over my computer."
It is not your computer. It belongs to MS who graciously let you use it from time (when they are not slurping or applying broken updates...).
The can (and do) whatever they like to your system and there is SFA that you can do about it.
Go on sue them and see what that gets you... Zilch.
Windows has been broken from 8.0 onwards but 8.0 and 8.1 could be tamed with a bit of work but Windows 10 is a whole different level of shit/crap/dog-pooh when compared to what has gone before.
Before I retired, I had a sign on my desk that said, "Windows 10 NOT spoken here!"
even battling with systemd is better than what windows has become today.