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Is Microsoft Forcing Windows 10 On You?

By March 3, 2016March 6th, 2023Blog, Technology News

is_microsoft_forcing_wind_119040_219283Windows 10 has seen the fastest rate of adoption of any OS in Microsoft’s history. It’s unquestionably a good product, and even better, at least for a limited time, it’s a free product. That’s a hard combination to beat, but for a variety of reasons, some people just don’t want to upgrade, and that’s their choice. A recent change in Microsoft’s strategy, however, will make it increasingly difficult to say no.

The company is moving Windows 10 from a “Recommended Upgrade” to an automatic one. Most people have automatic updates turned on, because this is the mechanism by which they get the latest security patches for their operating systems. By including Windows 10 in this list, you may wake up one morning to find that the latest “update” you got, was a whole new OS you may not have wanted.

That’s problematic for a certain segment of the computing population for a couple of different reasons. First, there are some management issues to contend with when upgrading to a new OS on any given machine. Will all the software that machine uses work with Windows 10? Most software does, because Microsoft has a pretty solid track record of making their operating systems backwards compatible, but as Windows 10 users have been finding out since switching, “most” and “all” are not the same thing. There have been, and will continue to be some software compatibility issues, and if users aren’t prepared, or in a position to handle those, they could find themselves with non-functional software they need to get their work done.

The second issue revolves around users with metered internet access. These users only have so much bandwidth every month, and a staggering 6 Gigabyte upgrade to Windows 10 could push them over their monthly allotment, even if it’s the only thing they do that month. That will either freeze them out of the internet entirely for the rest of the month in which the upgrade occurs, or see them paying exorbitant rates for going over their allotment. Not a good thing in either case.

Unfortunately, the only real solution here is to turn automatic updates off, which is a poor solution, because then you won’t be getting those important security patches to keep your system safe. While Microsoft has been making great strides on the customer service and responsiveness front, this is unquestionably a step backwards for them.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.