Archives for October 2015

Microsoft Really Really Wants Us To Upgrade to Windows 10


The folks at Microsoft pulled a fast one on some of us by being a bit sneaky with with Windows update.  If Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computer owners used the default setting for getting updates, they may have had an unpleasant surprise when their computers updated to Windows 10.

Some folks didn’t want Windows 10 and never chose the option to get it. But some got it anyway, much to their sorrow. There is a way to roll it back to the previous Windows, but there are a lot of folks that aren’t computer savvy and have no idea how to roll it back.

I don’t want Windows 10 on my main computer because I want control over how  and which updates are installed. I have had problems in the past with Microsoft’s driver up dates and I don’t want to go down that path again. I am not alone.

My son also does not want Windows 10 on his Windows 8.1 computer. As soon as we found out about those sneaky updates that would install Windows 10, we uninstalled those updates and hid them  when they wanted to download again so they wouldn’t download again. We thought. It worked for me, but not my son.

When this came up on his Windows update screen, he was absolutely shocked and very upset.

He clicked the Show all available updates and there it was in the optional updates.

He un-ticked it and wen back to the update screen but couldn’t get any other updates. Every time he tried that optional update for Windows 10 appeared with the box checked. Needless to say he was getting very frustrated and now very angry.

After many Google searched he finally found a site that helped.

Windows 10 upgrade notification keeps coming back (Windows Update)

Microsoft is not winning friends by this tactic, certainly not me. I have always been a Windows user. But if Microsoft keeps foisting unwanted stuff on folks I am starting to think about a Mac.

If it isn’t too late for you and Windows 10 is unwanted but on your computer, go back to your previous version of Windows by following the instructions here:

How to Uninstall Windows 10 and Downgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1

Once you manage to get your Windows 7 or 8.1 back, make sure you don’t go through this again by changing how you get your updated.

Microsoft has said this forced update to Windows 10 was a mistake, but I have my doubts.

Microsoft stops automatic Windows 10 upgrades, says default checked update was ‘a mistake’

Be sure to go back and uninstall those sneaky updates if they download again and hide them!