Microsoft Does It To Us Again–Forced Updates

I have some bad news  again on Windows.  Last time I emailed you about printers.  Not its FORCED UPDATES.   This time it’s for my Windows Pro users.  Of course you should know by now that when I order a client’s computer that I try to order Windows 10 Pro whenever possible.  Usually this about $30 to $50 more at the time of ordering the computer ($99 if you upgrade after the fact).   I have been big on the Pro version for 3 reasons.

1)  Bit Locker included:  This is a Microsoft technology that encrypts all  your files.  If someone steals your hard drive, they aren’t going to get access to your files.

2) Better security w/ activation of the password prompt:  When major changes are being made to your computer, you will get prompted with a request to type in your password – not just a YES / NO prompt.  This really makes you think – do I want to do this?

3) (And probably the best one) – the ability to delay new versions of Windows by up to 365 days – called Feature Updates.   Microsoft comes out with 2 new versions of Windows 10 per year.  This is crazy, but we are not going to change their behavior at this point.   I have consistently told you to set the delay on Feature Update to 3 to 4 months (at least).

As reported on the great Windows commentary website, Thurrott.com, you can cross #3 off the list.   Now Microsoft is hellbent on forcing new versions of Windows on us, even if we paid extra for Windows Pro.  Shame on them!!  This change will take effect when the latest version of Windows hits your computer – Windows 10 2004 (no not year 2004, “2004” here refers to year and month or 04 of 2020. 

So now, you can only delay the new versions by 7 day – 5 times – for a total of 35 days.  What a drag!   I am beginning to wonder who is getting worse on Updates – Microsoft or Apple?   Now you know why people are buying and doing a lot of their computing on Chromebooks.   You might not be able to do as much on Chrome OS – but it is a no B.S. operating system. 

Now of course – you are probably asking – it’s there something you can do for us?  Well actually – yes!  I have a solution.  I found some quick, deep level programming I can do on your Windows computer to bring the delays back and even possibly extend them.  I will try to do this for you at our next appointment and yes, I think I can do it virtually.

As I said to my Mac clients earlier today – why can’t we just get one version of the operating system and stick with it for 5 years – just getting minor security updates?    Life would be so perfect.  Windows 7: we miss you.

PS.  If you bought your Windows computer on your either before meeting me or on your own, none of this applies to you.  You are going to get the SLOP when Microsoft dishes it out.  Lately it has been slop!