Updated Windows Policy – Forced Upgrade to Windows 10

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Recently the net has been abuzz with the controversial and aggressive update/upgrade policies that Microsoft have been implementing.  While it’s true that Microsoft have made updates mandatory, some users have already found ways around this with software that either circumvents the update process or by installing the KB3073930 update which will delay the updates.

So while this entire update fiasco has been incredibly frustrating – especially for users utilizing metered connections, the Windows 10 experience has been pretty enjoyable thus far (I use a local account as I’m not interested in the MS apps or one-drive and so forth), that is of course if you actually chose to install Windows 10…

That’s right, if you are using Windows 7 or 8, you will be forcibly upgraded to Windows 10 whether you opted for the upgrade or not.  Microsoft has seen fit to use a sizable chunk of your hard-drive space in which to download their 3.5GB to 6GB hidden folder labelled ‘$Windows.~BT’.  So in essence, Microsoft have given users the illusion of choice – “upgrade when you are ready” and have decided to placate users with what has clearly been lip-service from a company who decided they wanted to be all about transparency.

Bottom line, whether you want it or not, if you intend on using any of Microsoft’s previous operating systems with an internet connection you will be upgraded to Windows 10.  Of course this decision has been rationalized by the company by saying that opting for Windows updates (presumably on the automatic setting) will download the “Windows 10 update”.  Sure, you can choose not to receive updates on Windows 7 & 8 but then you’d miss untold amounts of security and performance patches that as history will show, are usually necessary. Microsoft’s Windows-as-a-service model means that Windows 10 is utterly dependent on regular updates and patching as Windows 10 is essentially part of a continuous improvement program.

Why Microsoft felt the need to force this change on users is beyond me.  I can’t help but think that if they don’t rethink their aggressive upgrade policy that they will invariably lose users to the likes of Linux, OSX and so forth.  Does it bother me? Not so much, I was an early Windows 10 adopter and at the same time I use Linux as well.  Life is about choice – I wonder how long it will take Microsoft to realize that…