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Windows 10 *HOME* Will Have Mandatory Updates. Um, WTF?

Everyone needs Windows 10 to be a success. I repeat, shouting, “Everyone Needs Windows 10 to be a success.” It’s no wonder some of the press is coming out and trying to spin the forced update story in a positive light. It is an awful idea. Almost as bad as “metro” was with Windows 8. My open letter to Microsoft comes at the end, but let’s lay some historical groundwork for how much everyone loves and trusts Microsoft.

From the Slashdot story, “Windows 10 Pro users will be able to delay updates for some period of time, and Enterprise users will have update functionality similar to that of Windows 8.” Yeah, that’s comforting. Just like in Windows 8!

Just because Microsoft is forcing “HOME” users to update, it’s not a stretch to imagine that they are trying to push this approach forward into the PRO versions. And why are there so many versions of Windows anyway? Does Apple or Google have flavors and price points on their OS flavors?


Um, yeah… Forced updates. Is this like “Sorry, you can’t shut down your computer for 30 minutes to get to your meeting, we’re downloading the latest and greatest Window Update. Sit back and relax. We promise not to break anything.”


Several big lessons about Windows Update in the past.

  • Never update Windows.
  • If you update Windows make sure you have a quick and immediate regression (recovery) plan if it goes wrong.
  • Windows Update will suggest 232 updates each time you check it. It’s your afternoon if you choose to “update all.”
  • Windows Update used to break apps and hardware connectivity all the time.
  • Windows Update will delay shutdown or hibernate at the most inconvenient times.

Why oh why, is Microsoft choosing this fragile moment for Windows 10 (the version we ALL need to be a success!) to FORCE updates on all of us? Why oh why? When Windows 95, 97, ME, XP, Vista, 7, and 8 all requested “automatic updates” we ALL said NO. And not just NO, but “HELL NO.”

Microsoft’s track record with Windows Updates is awful. Why do we believe they are going to play differently?

Let’s look at the best UPDATE SOFTWARE model in the business. Apple. When you go to do a “software update” with Apple they have taken the time to consolidate all the “updates” and “packages” and “hot fixes” since your last update, in to ONE UPDATE. Windows still says, “Downloading 7 of 27 updates… Please wait.”

I’m not excited about Forced Automatic Updates of Windows 10. I think it’s MSFT going for “innovation” again and shooting themself and their users in the bricked laptop.

How many times have you been using Windows (and I’m talking 7 here, when things were right with the world for about 1 year) and been prompted, “Don’t shut down your computer, Windows is updating.” Sometimes this happens even if you have the “NO AUTOMATIC UPDATES” setting to NO. And that’s most of my experience with Windows. NO. Do you want to update now? NO. Would you like to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8? NO. What’s your attitude about forced updates in Windows 10. HELL NO! PLEASE NO!

It’s obvious we all need Windows 10 to rock. The entire PC industry has suffered under the consumer confusion over Windows 8. And even more so, the manufacturers have suffered under the 0.5% enterprise adoption rate for Windows 8. Check any major manufacturer’s website today, even Dell, and they say, “Dell recommends Windows.” Well, why doesn’t it say “Dell recommends Windows 8?” BECAUSE THEY DON’T. All of the major manufacturers are still having to offer WIN 7 and WIN 8, because WIN 8 was killing everyone’s sales.

An open letter to Microsoft about Windows 10 Forced Updates:

Dear Bill Gates,

Please step in and help your former company before it’s too late. STOP senseless updates and misguided “innovation” in Windows 10. We tried that with METRO in Windows 8. Remember how that turned out. Force business IT departments to support on-going updates and fixes to Windows 10 and you will be forcing their support of Windows 7 for another 5 years. NO ONE UPDATES WINDOWS UNLESS THEY HAVE TO. Why? Because your reputation stinks in this department. You’re track record of breaking shit when we install a “hot fix” or even a “security update” is very bad indeed. IT departments across the globe do not have time for your BS.

Stop Forced Automatic Updates of Windows 10! You will kill your next OS before it even get’s a real-world review. If the IT departments of large companies like DELL don’t buy into Windows 10 migration, you will be in trouble again. You will shoot a warning flare over the bow of all IT departments to stay away from Windows 10.

I’m a mac fan, but I have to use Windows for several of my clients. I run it on a Mac inside Parallels. In this configuration I’m running the “Preview” of Windows 10. So far, you’ve not made any metro-sized mistakes. I’m not sure about Spartan/Edge or whatever you’re trying to call the next IE, but take a lesson from your own playbook. You can’t just call IE by a new name and expect everyone to believe you. If you force updates on Windows 10 you are going to force business customers, in HUGE NUMBERS, to NOT EVEN TRY Windows 10!

Why would you doom your new operating system before it officially launches? Sure the press is all over it as a good thing. IT’S AN AWFUL IDEA.


JMac – a concerned PC user who is dependent on the health of the technology industry as a whole.

@jmacofearth (also seen on Google+: jmacofearth)


First-Look at Windows 10: The Insider Preview

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I want Windows to work. I want Windows 10 to be a smash hit. The fk-mess of Windows 8 nearly took out the entire PC industry. Major manufacturers are still offering paths to buy new systems with Windows 7. Do you know why? Major IT departments of Fortune 100 companies were not willing to support Windows 8 in their corporate infrastructure. So they either didn’t buy any computers or waited for the next OS. Of course MSFT tried the squeeze play of ending XP support recently. And offering Windows 8.1, which fixes about 20% of the major problems with Windows 8. Still no juice for the crap-tastic Windows 8.

Here comes Windows 9. (Rumor is they skipped version 9 due to a lot of code out there that addresses OS versions as win-9 meaning 95 – 98 versions of Windows. Other ideas are that 9 is a bad version for major software vendors. Still other ideas have something to do with the Chinese word for 9. Regardless of the reason, Windows 10 is upon us, and will be released in July of this year. And if you’re really into it you can waste time helping MSFT troubleshoot the alphas and betas of Windows 10 right now.

While that sounds interesting, I’m not about to put my productivity on hold long enough to reset my existing Windows system to Windows 10. Therefore I’m going to run the Insider Preview version that was made available through the latest version of Parallels for Mac. That means I’m running Windows 10 within a virtual machine on my Mac. This makes a lot of sense, but the overall effect may be different from your results should you venture into Windows 10-land this summer or via a new system purchase later this year.

I continue to say, Windows is fine as an app. But using Windows as your OS, well, that’s just sad. It might be my affinity to the Apple hardware, or the fact that Mac’s often Win best PC of the year, for running Windows. But really, I love the flexibility of the Mac OS. Sure once WORD or Google Chrome is running, a peecee is a peecee. But let’s leave the Mac vs Microsoft debate for later. Let’s jump right into first impressions.


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Thankfully the forced UI of Metro is gone. It’s still there if you click on the Windows logo, but for the most part, if you don’t have a touch-screen and you don’t want to use a tile-based OS you can leave Metro where it belongs. (The tile user interface should’ve been an extension for Windows 8 not a default.) But I still had trouble finding Windows Updates so I could check and see if there were any updates to my version of Windows before I started my testing.

Browser-like windows open all over the place in Windows 10. Here’s an example of how the Windowed, or Browser-Like approach to the desktop is a bit clunky. Let’s see how things progress from here, shall we?

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My first issue with Windows 10: Everything action and application seems to open an new browser window. It’s as if everything is windowed, or browsered in Windows 10. And this UI-mode seems slow and cumbersome.

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And Windows Updates, once you find them seem to take longer than usual. I’m curious if they will finally create consolidated Windows Updates rather than make users download hundreds of files to get up to date on their OS.

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Running the Interwebs with Windows 10.

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I am interested to see how the non-Internet Explorer browser plays with Java and other non-MSFT technologies. In the past Microsoft has not played well in the open-source world of the web. Let’s see how Edge progresses. The jury is still out. So far for me, the browsing options and look and feel don’t seem remarkable. That’s good and bad. Nothing to write home about. But also nothing too innovated to break the browsing experience. In Windows 8 Microsoft tried to be too innovative and they broke the entire experience with Metro. So far, Edge is simple and clean. A bit like running Safari after using Firefox or Chrome for a while.

Finally, on this maiden voyage I installed Google Chrome and ran around the web a bit. Even thought Google only says Windows 8.1, the version installed on Windows 10 and ran without a hitch.

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A “WTF?” Moment with Windows 10.

This screen appeared when I was trying to install the updates. My virtual machine is set to use 16 gigs of ram and has plenty of hard drive space, so I’m not sure what this is all about.

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I’m still unclear on what the big idea behind Windows 10 is, other than CYA and fix what Windows 8 broke. I’m not sure there is going to be much of a rush for big IT departments to begin Windows 10 migrations. My guess is we will see the availability of Windows 7 on large computer requisitions well beyond the conclusion of the 2016 presidential election.

What’s your impression of Windows 10? Did you crash and burn with Windows 8.1 and re-install Windows 7? What’s it going to take for you to try a Mac?

John McElhenney
@jmacofearth (also used to be seen on Google+: jmacofearth)