Pinterest Stumbleupon Whatsapp

The way Windows Update currently forces Windows 10 upgrades and updates on you is bad.

I’m a pretty pro-Microsoft kinda-guy. I have my Linux partitions and an antiquated iPad 2, but I always come back to Windows. I bit the bullet recently and upgraded one of my desktop installations to Windows 10, after having used the Insider Preview on the side.

Windows 10 isn’t without its foibles 8 Annoying Windows 10 Issues & How to Fix Them 8 Annoying Windows 10 Issues & How to Fix Them The upgrade to Windows 10 has been smooth for most, but some users will always encounter issues. Whether it's a flashing screen, network connectivity issues, or battery drain, it's time to resolve these problems. Read More . This we all understand, know, and have largely worked through. However, it can still throw you off-kilter, and we are definitely seeing some strange decisions by Microsoft regarding updates to the new (nearly a year old!) operating system 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 Windows 10 is coming on July 29. Is it worth upgrading for free? If you are looking forward to Cortana, state of the art gaming, or better support for hybrid devices - yes, definitely! And... Read More .


This is a hashtag born of immense frustration.

The unfavorable judgements have been blunt and continue to tumble from the world’s biggest character-limited mouthpiece, Twitter, equally compounded by other sites with prolific and vocal users, such as Reddit. Windows Update has received the brunt of the ire, with many users furious at the changes Microsoft implemented to the update system for Windows 10, both before and after upgrading.


Windows Update in Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs updates Pros & Cons of Forced Updates in Windows 10 Pros & Cons of Forced Updates in Windows 10 Updates will change in Windows 10. Right now you can pick and choose. Windows 10, however, will force updates onto you. It has advantages, like improved security, but it can also go wrong. What's more... Read More , as and when they arrive, in a scheme designed to maximize the number of users accessing a computer with completely up-to-date security fixes and feature patches. It is a pretty solid plan and when working correctly, as it has been, it should theoretically keep more Windows 10 users protected, for longer.

But while our computers have potentially been made “safer,” Windows Update has destroyed the sanity of some users 5 Unintended Consequences of Windows 10 Upgradegate 5 Unintended Consequences of Windows 10 Upgradegate Microsoft is ruining everything with Windows 10. The upgrade disaster has unintended consequences for Microsoft and its customers. We talk about how Microsoft's tactics violate user trust and decreases security, among other issues. Read More . Because as the now-hairless users have found, if Windows Update wants to do its thing, it is going to get on with it – regardless of what you might be doing, sometimes without letting users complete the task they were engaged with.

Microsoft hasn’t exactly endeared itself to potentially upgrading users, either. Even those using Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 haven’t been able to escape the upgrade to Windows 10 How to Block the Windows 10 Upgrade, Everything We Know How to Block the Windows 10 Upgrade, Everything We Know Microsoft really wants you to upgrade to Windows 10 for free before July 29. Windows 10 is a cash cow and easier to support. We show you how to avoid or undo an accidental upgrade... Read More . Without further ado, here are some of the most frustrating aspects of Windows Update in 2016.

Because it Happens Without Warning

The first major gripe is the horrific update without warning. I count myself lucky to have not experienced one of these personally, but there have been consistent and ongoing reports of unexpected restarts, followed by an equally unexpected update process. This was much more an issue in the early days of Windows 10 and we now see most Cumulative Updates downloaded and installed relatively quietly. And that is when you’ve actually updated to the operating system through your own choosing.

The Workaround

You do have some options…but not many. I truly feel sorry for those Windows 10 Home users who have even less choice than Pro or Enterprise users. As such, our guide will teach you how to manage Windows Update in Windows 10 How to Manage Windows Update in Windows 10 How to Manage Windows Update in Windows 10 For control freaks, Windows Update is a nightmare. It's designed to operate in the background, automatically keeping your system safe and running smoothly. We show you how it works and what you can customize. Read More , with information on exactly what Home users can and cannot do, such as temporarily turning off Windows Update 5 Ways to Temporarily Turn Off Windows Update in Windows 10 5 Ways to Temporarily Turn Off Windows Update in Windows 10 Windows Update keeps your system patched and safe. In Windows 10 you're at the mercy of Microsoft's schedule, unless you know hidden settings and tweaks. We'll help you keep Windows Update under control. Read More .

In the Windows 10 Anniversary Update Windows 10 Anniversary Update Due in July & These Are Its Best Features Windows 10 Anniversary Update Due in July & These Are Its Best Features You will love the Windows 10 Anniversary Update! The second big upgrade to Windows 10 since its launch in July 2015 is expected this summer. Here we highlight the most exciting features. Read More due in July, everyone will be able to set active hours, during which Windows Update will hold still.

Windows 10 Active Hours

Because it Happens Without Warning…Again

One of the major, if not the biggest gripe of all are the extremely poorly designed and increasingly malware-esque update messages delivered to users happily existing on Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1. Microsoft has come under repeated criticism from a wide-range of home and professional users for the coercive and sometimes misleading Windows Update screens Microsoft Strikes Again - How to NOT Upgrade to Windows 10 Microsoft Strikes Again - How to NOT Upgrade to Windows 10 Windows 10 is now a recommended update on Windows 7 and 8.1 computers. If you're not yet ready to upgrade, it's time to double-check your Windows Update settings. We show you how. Read More present in the older operating systems.

Windows 10 was always billed as a free upgrade for existing Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users. A proportion of users upgraded on the day, but a majority took the decision to stay where they were, happy in their well-understood and vastly more stable surroundings.

At first, Microsoft didn’t seem to mind, and only offered mild reminders to grab the free upgrade before it expired. But as time has worn on toward the end of the free upgrade period – ending on 29 July 2016 – their tactics have become progressively aggressive and heavy-handed.

The latest tactic saw a Get Windows 10 (also technically installed without the knowledge of the user) pop-up appear, advising the user it was time to upgrade, with two options: Upgrade Now, or postpone for one hour before upgrading.

Many users, in the now age-old tradition, clicked the red X to close the dialogue box and cancel any action. But that isn’t what happened. No. Going against their own recommended design guidelines, Microsoft decided that clicking the red X would actually confirm user consent for the upgrade.

Roundly and rightly criticized for mimicking malware, Microsoft is seemingly unrepentant and equally unyielding in their quest to see at least one billion devices running Windows 10 within a year of release. It has become such an issue for so many that one Redditor described how Windows 10 allegedly saved them from the recent issues at TeamViewer TeamViewer Hack: Everything You Need To Know TeamViewer Hack: Everything You Need To Know "Protecting your personal data is at the very core of everything we do" says hacked remote desktop service TeamViewer -- but are they protecting themselves before the customer? Let's examine what we know. Read More – though it does seem reasonably far-fetched.

The Workaround

This is a really important one. With the latest in forced-upgrades likely to strike at any time, you’d do well to remove any potential your system has for randomly upgrading to Windows 10 How to Block the Aggressive Windows 10 Upgrade on Windows 7 and 8.1 How to Block the Aggressive Windows 10 Upgrade on Windows 7 and 8.1 Microsoft ramps up its efforts to make users upgrade to Windows 10. Come 2016, many people will wake up to a new operating system, despite never having consented to the upgrade. Don't be one of... Read More . Or in the middle of your CS:GO  stream, like this guy. However, don’t forget to actually secure your free upgrade Act NOW to Keep Your Windows 10 Upgrade Free After July 29 Act NOW to Keep Your Windows 10 Upgrade Free After July 29 Microsoft has confirmed that the free Windows 10 upgrade will expire. After July 29, a Windows 10 license will cost $119. We show you how to become eligible to install Windows 10 for free, even... Read More before you eviscerate the upgrade from your system, and you can use our Ultimate Activation FAQ on your journey The Ultimate Windows 10 Activation & License FAQ The Ultimate Windows 10 Activation & License FAQ One of the big confusions surrounding Windows 10 concerns its licensing and activation. This FAQ will shed some light, explain what has changed with Windows 10 version 1511 (Fall Update), and translate activation-related error codes. Read More .

Because of Secret Downloading on Limited Network Connections

For those Internet and Windows users with tight resources, every data transfer counts. As Redditor zambuka42 found out, Windows 10 will go ahead and download its updates in the background without asking if that is okay.

Zambuka42 is the self-proclaimed “accidental IT guy,” working as an anti-poaching pilot deep in the Central African Republic bush, relying on an extremely expensive satellite Internet connection to track and monitor “rangers under fire from armed, militarized poachers.” The charity he works for, The Chinko Project, exists largely on donations, so you can understand their massive shock upon finding a huge 6 GB update, and a massive bill to accompany it.

He is not the only user to have experienced this issue. In the months following the Windows 10 release numerous reports of data-plan limits emerged, in some cases almost immediately as the then newly minted operating system updated. It is still the case.

The Workaround

Blocking the Windows 10  upgrade itself is one step you can take; see resources above. Once you have upgraded, you’re still not safe from automatic updates.

Windows 10 comes with the option to designate Metered Connections Are You a Windows 10 Upgrade Refugee? Do This First! Are You a Windows 10 Upgrade Refugee? Do This First! Did Microsoft just upgrade your computer to Windows 10? Since February, Windows 10 is being pushed as a Recommended update on Windows 7 and 8.1 computers. This is what you can do after you've been... Read More . These connections will not download any Windows Updates, with your system waiting until the next un-metered connection becomes available. Head to Settings > Network & Internet > WiFi. Underneath your listed Wi-Fi connections are the Advanced Options. Set the toggle to On.

Please note that to select a metered connection, you’ll actually have to be connected to that network.

Because it Updates Your GPU (And Other Drivers) Without Checking First

When Windows 10 was released, there were immediately issues with automatic Windows Update for drivers, and the NVidia GeForce Experience many users install to monitor and manually apply updates to their GPU. There were reports of problems for multi-monitor setups, dual-card (SLI) configurations, and PCs failing to boot once the Experience was installed.

Windows Feedback Drivers

While the specific NVidia GeForce Experience issues were resolved, they were symptomatic of what was to come: consistent driver updates for your Windows 10 system. Again, another system with potential that seems poorly executed.

The Workaround

This workaround can be done in a few different ways, and is dependent on which version of Windows 10 you’re running:

  • Windows 10 Home and Pro users can block driver updates from being installed the next time you reboot your system.
  • Windows 10 Home and Pro users can access Device Installation Settings via the Control Panel to turn off all driver updates.
  • Windows 10 Pro users (only!) can edit Local Group Policy settings to disable updates entirely.

We have previously published a detailed guide on how to Take Back Control Over Driver Updates in Windows 10 Take Back Control Over Driver Updates in Windows 10 Take Back Control Over Driver Updates in Windows 10 A bad Windows driver can ruin your day. In Windows 10, Windows Update automatically updates hardware drivers. If you suffer the consequences, let us show you how to roll back your driver and block future... Read More , so you can follow along and at least escape the forced driver updates.

Because it Appears Microsoft Refuses to Listen

This is a slightly moot point because Microsoft has a very good reason not to give in to their users: herd immunity. By ensuring as many devices are compliant with security and application patches as possible, Microsoft can attempt to mitigate human error. Or those who simply refuse to update their system for months or years at a time, creating security vulnerabilities that affect everyone.

Windows Feedback Bring Back Update

It is frustrating that Microsoft allowed the Windows Feedback item request to “Please bring back the ability to turn off Automatic Updates” reach over 4,500 upvotes a few months ago. It is. But given the number of people who are probably very, very happy they no longer have to deal with or even think about Windows Update, I don’t think this will be changing anytime soon.

Windows 10 Windows Feedback Drivers

The Workaround

This time, there isn’t one. Microsoft has absolutely heard loud and clear that some users are jolly miffed about having control of the update system removed, and replaced with an all-encompassing totalitarian system designed to protect those users without the technical knowledge to update their own system.

Hate Is a Strong Word…

…but when used correctly, it captures the essence of our collective feelings ever so well.

I like Windows 10. I really do. I think it is a well-rounded operating system, rightly demonized for the problems its upgrade procedure and update system casts upon some of its users. Likewise, Microsoft didn’t help by catering so heavily to the lowest common denominator without offering a serious alternative for the more advanced and power users among us.

Without changes to the system, which I just cannot see happening, Windows Update will continue to cause rage and dismay for the foreseeable future!

What is your biggest Windows Update issue? Have you lost work, or been forced to quit a game? Let us know your Windows 10 upgrade or update experiences below!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *