Windows 10 Recent Upgrade Quirks

Recent stories paint a confusing picture of Windows 10 forcing itself upon unsuspecting Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Microsoft seems to have gone through more than it's fair share of buggy patches and updates recently, and it looks like this is largely responsible, rather than Microsoft megalomania.
First, a bug in August caused the Windows 10 upgrade to download and initiate in the background. Restarting the PC would then show that Windows 10 was starting to install. Second, another more recent software snafu caused some users to find that the check box to automatically upgrade to Windows 10 was now checked (selected). Both of these have since been fixed.

Next year, Microsoft will move Windows 10 to the status of a "recommended" update, which will mean that most users with the default Windows update settings will be upgraded to Windows 10, unless they specifically deselect that option in Windows update.

It should be noted that Windows 10 can be "rolled back" to the original Windows 7 or 8 even after it has been installed, at least for about a month after the upgrade. Windows 7 and 8 themselves will continue to be supported by Microsoft as far as security updates until early 2020 and 2023 respectively.


John D Carmack said...

A couple of observations:

1. It would be much easier to discount Microsoft "meglomania" if one of these issues occurred in isolation. However, MS's determination to move Windows 10 to "recommended" pretty much seals it. I will state again that these sorts of actions plus the fact that it is a very intrusive operating system really show that Microsoft does not feel that your "personal" PC is not personal at all but rather something to be used and abused by them.

BTW, comparing it to Android is problematic at best, but at the end of the day two wrongs don't make a right.

2. Until you have tried to rollback Windows 10 to the previous operating system, you just don't realize all of the things that can go wrong. So far, I have tried it and know of someone else who has tried it, and MS is 0 for 2.

In light of #2, let me repeat the 3 laws of computing:
1. Backup
2. Backup, and
3. Backup

Richard Keggans said...

...and don't forget to backup!