Windows 10 is by no means a bad operating system, but Microsoft’s aggressive updates have caused annoyance and frustration among users of previous versions.

Last year, Microsoft released Windows 10, with Windows 7 & 8 users being able to upgrade their operating system for free. This offer will come to an end on the 29th July this year, and any 7 & 8 users that wish to download the upgrade after this date will have to pay for it. These existing users that haven’t upgraded are starting to get a little annoyed however. With adoption rates slowing down, Microsoft have started to get more aggressive in pushing out their upgrades to existing OS users.

The Problem with Windows 10

A lot of Windows users are unhappy with the way that Microsoft have been promoting and pushing out Windows 10. There are claims that Microsoft are covertly installing Windows 10 on their users’ machines without having express permission to do so. But why wouldn't you want to upgrade to a shiny new operating system for free? Well, there are various reasons. It may be you are comfortable using your current operating system, or perhaps your hardware isn't powerful enough to run Windows 10 efficiently. There is also some anecdotal evidence that Windows 10 is causing internet connection issues. Aside from the fact that these updates are being performed without permission, it's easy to see why Windows users are frustrated.

Permission to Launch

There has been controversy over the way in which Microsoft have been asking people if they would like to upgrade too. Microsoft installed their “Get Windows 10” app onto millions of machines running Windows 7 & 8 last year, and then notified their users that they could upgrade to 10 if they wished. More recently, Windows has been automatically downloading the necessary upgrade software for Windows 10, then asking users if they’d like to install. When the dialogue box pops up on the screen there is an option to do so, and an option to reject the offer of an upgrade. There is also an X in the top right hand corner (as there is in most Windows dialogue boxes). If you click the X to close the box (and intuitively cancel the upgrade), Windows 10 would automatically install as if you had given permission. As ComputerWorld points out:

“[Microsoft] violated its own recommended design guidelines […] Microsoft tells developers that clicking an X to close a dialog box and halt any action the box might take is the right way to do things. The company writes on a website devoted to design guidelines, "The Close button on the title bar should have the same effect as the Cancel or Close button within the dialog box. Never give it the same effect as OK.”

Reverting to a Previous Version of Windows

Luckily, there is a way to revert to your previous version of Windows if you are unhappy with Windows 10. This guide on How-To Geek has particularly useful instructions on how to do it. If you do wish to upgrade to windows 10 from a machine currently running Windows 7 or 8, you still have until July 29th to do so for free. If you leave it until after this date, you will have to pay £99.99 for the home version and £189.99 for the pro version.

We discuss the Windows 10 upgrade issues in more detail on the latest episode of the Unravelling Technology podcast. If you would like help or advice on updating your business’s Windows operating system, please get in touch.

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