Carolyn’s Online Magazine (#COMe)
MICROSOFT OFFICE INSTALLS WINDOWS 10
What angers and worries me is Microsoft’s ability to take over my computer and change my choices without my consent. I’ve continually hit the ‘no’ button when asked to install it. That is my preference.
I carefully set my laptop on a chair, then went to fix dinner. My hunger satisfied I returned to my work, when to my surprise something strange happening on my laptop.
What the… What was going on? Windows 10 was being uploaded (replacing Windows 8). I was certain I hadn’t hit any pop-ups by mistake.
That was June 15, 2016, one week ago. It’s been a struggle to use my laptop ever since.
Not knowing what to do I waited out the download. I waited…and waited…and waited, unable to return to my work because I feared what would happen to my flash drive content if I removed it.
By the time the download was completed I was mad, a frame of mind rare for me. In fact, I was irate. How did this happen on my computer?
When Windows 10 was done uploading my struggle to access my laptop wasn’t over. Updates were now being loaded. Frustrated, I pulled out my flash drive, hoping not to lose more than my latest current work. I plugged said flash drive into our house computer and discovered my work was safe.
I lost almost 3 hours of computer time. When I began working on Windows 10 I was confused. Enough was new—different—that using it was a struggle.
After all, I didn’t grow up using computers. My computer advisers know I struggle with each new computer challenge.
The next morning I whined to a friend who is much more computer savvy than I am. Fred told me that the same thing happened to his wife. So I wasn’t crazy after all.
A week later I saw my sister Jane. I told her what had happened. At first she didn’t believe me, convinced I must have authorized the Windows 10 installation even if by accident. She went to her fancy phone with Internet access to determine if my tale had validity. The second site listed was Microsoft reportedly installing Windows 10 without consent – again. At the risk of plagiarism here is an edited version of what she read to me:
We all know that Microsoft is using increasingly aggressive — and desperate — tactics to get people to upgrade to its newest operating system. A month ago it switched the update status from ‘optional’ to ‘recommended’, and last week it snuck Windows 10 advertising into a security patch.
So what dirty trick is next?…it’s installing the OS without user consent — and without much warning — and hiding the decline button to make it much harder to abort the process.
One Redditor describes the situation…: Yep…saw this message box that said something like “Your update is ready! Restarting and installing in 13 minutes”. If I made myself a meal or watched TV, I would have had Windows 10…they hid the “Decline” button in the more info button.
Another user says: Yep…Working and all of a sudden Windows closed all my programs, logged me out and started the upgrade…
It is very concerning that they have this kind of access to push these updates without our consent. What else is being pushed through our computers or being pulled off in the background without us knowing?
It’s likely, of course, these unwanted installations have happened due to Windows 10 now being a recommended update. If your system is set to install all recommended updates…for security purposes — then you’ll receive Windows 10.
I may have to change to Windows 10 sometime in the future. However, today it’s a choice, and I preferred not to upload now so as not to have to adapt to a new system while working on my novel.OK, so there’s a cure listed:
If you are a victim of Microsoft installing an unwanted operating system on your PC…you can easily uninstall Windows 10 and go back to Windows 7 or 8.1, provided you act within 30 days.
You don’t mind wasting your time removing an operating system you never asked for, right?
However, Microsoft will apparently ultimately find a way to overrule that cure.
Having Windows 10 isn’t what angers me most. What angers and worries me is Microsoft’s ability to take over my computer and change my choices without my consent. I’ve continually hit the ‘no’ button when asked to install it. That is my preference.
And, as mentioned above, if Microsoft (or any other program) can take over my computer, forcing it to upload whatever they choose, what other ways and/or other programs can take over my computer? And for what purposes?
From the comment section following the above article (Microsoft reportedly installing Windows 10 without consent – again) I’ve learned I’m not the only victim of Microsoft’s tactics.
This is a precautionary tale from me and all other victims of Microsoft’s actions.
Have you been a victim of Microsoft’s control? Read Microsoft reportedly installing Windows 10 without consent – again and the many comments at its end.
How do you feel about Microsoft’s action? What, if anything, have you done about it?
I welcome you to make your comments in the comment box following this post.