Windows 10 great, deceptive process

This article by Paul Thurrott today hits the nail on the head.

From the time Microsoft launched Windows 10 last summer (July 29th), I knew they wanted everyone on it.  There are a billion plus Windows users on there and Microsoft claimed that they wanted to get 1 billion on the new platform within a  reasonable period of time.  Recent claims have put them at 300 million.    I had a feeling that they were going to push if not force people over to Windows 10 in due course.  

I played around with the beta versions of Windows 10 before the official release date and I believed it was a stable product.  I have no regrets about getting nearly all of my Windows clients over to the new platform by the end of last year.    I didn’t want surprises.  Starting Feb. 1 of this year, Microsoft just started springing Windows 10 on users in waves of forced upgrades.  I was preemptive in my approach to handling these upgrades.   I did not want to get the 8 am phone call from customers in a panic.  “Hey computer guy, it says I have Windows 10, but I don’t think I asked for that yet.” 

On all of my Windows 10 installations, I set up the Classic Shell start menu for my clients.  This helps to ease the transition because it makes the Start Menu look like the Windows 7 version that users know and love.   An XP style Start Menu is also an option.    All and all, I think Windows 10 has been a pleasant day in and day out user experiences.   There are features like Task View (multiple virtual desktops using one monitor) that I can’t live without.   Sadly, I think the way that Microsoft started forcing people over to Windows 10 in recent months is just wrong.   Let’s look at the facts – Windows 7 will be getting security updates until early 2020.  Some people just want to stay put for right now.   There are businesses out there that run legacy programs that need to stay with 7 for one reason or another.   Leave them alone!

As was depicted in Thurrott’s article, there is a free tool developed by security expert Steve Gibson that will enable users to block the Windows 10 upgrade until you are ready.     There will be updates from time to time because I am sure Microsoft will try to scheme around it.   If you or someone you know needs to stay on Windows 7, please install Never 10 today.

With all that said, I am not going back.  I am happy with Windows 10.  My clients are happy with Windows 10 also.  However, for the few users out there who want to take their time Microsoft should not use trick pop-ups and deceptive buttons to enforce their idea of compliance.   Linux, the Mac OS, and the Chrome OS are compelling alternatives.  The bigger question we should all ask is – is there something we really need use Windows for? For those who use a specific Windows-only work program, the answer is yes.   For others, it isn’t so clear cut.