The bully in my computer — Windows 10 Update is getting aggressive

By Debra Tash

It’s hard to believe a company like Microsoft has to resort to tricking users of its Windows product into upgrading to the latest version of their software.  Now I’ve heard good things about Windows 10, and I have no objection to upgrading, but it has to be on my timetable not some sneaky bully inside in my computer.

Yet to my surprise one evening when I powered up my screen to do some late night work, I found my computer had been hijacked.  It was upgrading to Windows 10 and on the screen was a warning not to turn off the machine or interrupt the installation of this unwanted freebie.  For months I’d been clicking on that little x at the top of the GWX (“Get Windows 10”) popup.  Thing is, unbeknownst to me, it had been changed. If you x out it defaults to scheduling the update.  If you click on later, it will schedule it for later.  Talk about your small print, which you’ll find at the bottom of the GWX to actually cancel the upgrade.

I am still using Windows 7, having performed a narrow and very risky escape (as I later found out).  Seeing I couldn’t stop it as it loaded a massive amount of files on my computer I goggled, please help me I have been kidnapped by Microsoft, or something to that effect, on my smart phone. I found a comment on a tech blog with some advice — decline to agree to the legal agreement.  I did just that and Windows 7 was restored on my computer.  However, this plan of escape can have pitfalls, mainly your computer could stop cold in the middle of reinstalling the prior version of Windows.  In short, it will no longer work.

Now why not just accept the freebie?  After July 29th you’ll actually have to pay for the upgrade.  Further, Windows 10 is a good version, unlike dare I say, Vista or 8, which were next to torture to use.  It’s the applications that run underneath the operating system (OS) that give me pause.  Some of them may not work with Windows 10.  It was the same reason I hung onto XP, one of the best incarnations of the OS.  I switched when patches were no longer supported and my system became vulnerable to folks out on the internet much more devious than Microsoft.  Sure enough I had to give up some of my applications which were old, kind of like me, and which no upgrades were available.  I am used to 7, which is as solid as XP had been, and like that antique dog, I don’t want to learn new tricks.  I’ll come around to an OS which has had good solid reviews and is supposed to be more secure, but I will come in my own time.

For those of you who don’t want this handout from a software giant there is hope.  You can download Never 10  It’s quick and better yet, it’s free.  I discovered it by listening to Leo Laporte on KFI last Saturday.  It downloads quickly and works fast. It cleans the registry and deletes the files Windows has been putting on your computer in prep for the upgrade.  It can free up to 8 gigs of storage, for me it cleared up 6.  It allows you to keep getting automatic critical updates from Microsoft without having to accept the big enchilada.

It’s up to you.  Some for folks like change.  Some folks like me believe in the old maxim, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

If you want to read more about this battle over your system:  Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrades are getting even more sneaky-pushy

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Debra Tash is Editor-in-Chief of Citizensjournal.us, past president for Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, business executive and award-winning author, residing in Somis.

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One Response to The bully in my computer — Windows 10 Update is getting aggressive

  1. William "Bill" Hicks May 30, 2016 at 6:42 am

    All the reason why I went to Apple when microsoft would no longer support my software. I could not upgrade my computer to windows 8; I would have to buy a new computer that already had windows 8. After I heard how screwed up windows 8 was I decided that it was time to change companies. Besides, if I’m going to have to learn a new system anyway, why not try out apple. I have never regretted the change.

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