This Is Why We Hate Windows Update

Gavin Phillips 20-06-2016

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 issues 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 operating system.


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 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. 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. 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.

This is compounded by the fact that sometimes Windows Update gets stuck How to Resolve Windows Update Problems in 5 Easy Steps Has Windows Update failed you? Maybe the download got stuck or the update refused to install. We'll show you how to fix the most common issues with Windows Update in Windows 10. Read More , which can leave you stranded without a working computer for hours or days before you can get it fixed.

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 For control freaks, Windows Update is a nightmare. It works in the background, and keeps 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 7 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. So, keep Windows Update under control. Read More .

In the Windows 10 Anniversary Update 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 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 "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 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 . However, before you eviscerate the upgrade from your system, check our Ultimate Activation FAQ for Windows 10 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 Downloads on Limited Networks

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 6GB 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 How to Set Your Wi-Fi and Ethernet Connection as Metered in Windows 10 In Windows 10, you can set your Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection as metered. This will limit the data consumption by Windows Update and other background apps. Here's how to set it up. 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. Note that to select a metered connection, you’ll actually have to be connected to that network.

Because It Updates Your Drivers Without Checking

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 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!

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  1. Dorothy
    June 22, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    You didn't even touch on the huge issue of the Windows 10 (Oct 2018) upgrade wiping out so many users' photos, programs etc. And the issue of Administrator's Rights which I have been unable to resolve on my own computer so I can't load programs, install a new printer or do much of anything. I've followed all instructions to no avail. Photos gone forever. PC is useless!

  2. tom wilson
    December 7, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    the statement that you cannot turn off Windows 10 updates is wrong.
    i have mine turned off right now and am running ver 1607.
    to turn off the updates go to services / windows update and set to disabled.
    so simple.
    the only problem with using older versions is that you cannot use Microsoft Store as it wants the latest version installed.

  3. derek kabatoff
    June 12, 2018 at 12:19 am

    The most frustrating thing is for us students who open our computers to take notes on a morning lecture and have to wait 30 minutes for it to update. So you end up with half your notes on paper and half on your computer.

  4. John S
    May 18, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Unfortunately when people go to buy a PC they don't have many options in a OS. You either have Windows 10, Mac OS, and Chrome OS. You won't see a Linux desktop OS, or even a choice of Windows other then Win 10 Home or Pro. Microsoft has pretty sealed up deals with PC makers to market mostly Windows OS in their computers.
    My issue with Windows 10 is forced upgrades don't work in a large incredibly different hardware and software ecosystem. It just doesn't work unless you know exactly what your dealing with such as a Apple Mac or a Google Chromebook. These are ecosystems with predictable and known hardware configurations. Heck Microsoft can't even upgrade its own hardware without some issues. Really it comes down to dealing with the potential for problems every six months with these feature updates. Maybe they will go well for most users but some will face issues. Microsoft with all its data collection doesn't seem able to predict who will and won't have issues. The trouble with that is we know some percentage of failed upgrades will happen. Its inevitable and yet, we as users for the most part consumers running Win 10 Home have little ability to control this other then deal with any issues after the updates are installed and either downgrade hoping the updates don't install yet again (probably will). Attempt to fix the issues or simply wait for more updates to fix the problems. How many users will eventually find another OS to use is anyone's guess but if users get frustrated enough they will probably start looking at options.

  5. Till Schwenke
    March 18, 2018 at 5:30 am

    Windows 10 is like having a car that randomly lets you wait for several hours before allowing to start it and then randomly stops in the middle of a trip and shuts off. Tonight i wanted to download a game over night because of my super slow network, the settings in win1,0 are set to always ask me for a restart. The download would be done now but no. Windows updated and shut down my pc on its own! I had to use half an hour this morning to wait for it to update and now I have to wait 16 hours more because of windows. Im sick of it. It happens so often that I come back from work, wabt to quickly do something on the pc and update. I don't have time for this. I can't keep my pc running 24/7 just to ensure it wont update in the time that im home and need it to work. I want Microsoft to buy me a second pc as a backup to make up for breaking my pc.

  6. shelley
    March 16, 2018 at 3:12 am

    Until today when my computer updated to Win 10, I wached YouTube, I am disabled and I have learned so much. Now I can no longer view the images are too large like they have been zoomed. SO DISAPPOINTED.

  7. jack
    February 5, 2018 at 8:01 am

    When i hurry and boot up with update

  8. Angie
    December 14, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Microsoft is a monopoly. People realized that back when they first integrated Internet Explorer into Windows. What they did with Windows 10 does not surprise me as they are still and always will be a monopoly and only care about money. If they get everyone on Windows 10 then they can do what ever they want and push what ever they want on you. I prefer to use a computer to suit my own needs. Not borrow a computer they set up to meet their needs.

  9. Angie
    December 14, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    For me it was accessibility for disability reasons. They finally put that in in 2017 and in Dec I finally got a free update to Windows 10. Still, the only option was install now or wait til the computer goes idle. I was not happy about that as I thought I could download it and not have to worry about steady net while I back up files and then install Windows 10. I thought if I installed it after the end of the year it would just not work .. I didn't think it would force an install right there and then. I didn't back up anything .. didn't have a chance to. I was not happy but luckily it seems my files are all in tact. I am glad I no longer run my own medical support website so I really now only use my computer for personal stuff. If I did this 2 years ago while I was still running my site there may have been a bigger risk and I was not ready to take that until they addressed some of the issues they finally addressed.

  10. Ronald Farmer
    November 10, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Forcing updates on my system should be illegal. You are basically taking over my choices and ability to operate my system. I have lost files, connectivity and money by your interference with my rights. I realize that you do not care about your customers; trust me, everybody seems to understand that. We do not respect you for it and we long for a voice of reason in this matter, which will only come through the legal system.

  11. Arnie Jonassen
    October 13, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    I agree. The automatic updates are extremely frustrating. I'm posting this as I'm fixing a few issues for a client on his pc and I needed to reboot. Of course I've been staring at the dreaded "Getting Windows ready, don't turn off your computer" screen for the past 15 minutes and it still hasn't moved (this PC is new but slow) It's an inconvenience and a waste of time for techs or for someone who has an essay or something that they have to type and it updates in the middle of doing so. Not to mention the amount of computers I had to fix or reload after the stupid Anniversary Update. I hate Windows 10 and still use Windows 7 on my PC. Microsoft is going to sh*t.

  12. restore sanity
    September 24, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    I hate the incessant popup messages that are nonsensical about "helping me" or saying absurd things - how can I turn them off?

  13. Michael Sayer
    August 29, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Mr. Phillips if you have you been paid to write this review you should disclose that information because it seem like you have - For a pro-Microsoft kinda-guy (Your words) you have missed the real issue - windows 10 is violating you civil rights and they are doing this not to make your computer safer but to control internet commerce and the world.

    Bill Gates want to control what you view, tell you where to buy what you want and who to buy it from, A windows world. One operating system, one web browser one master.

    Here are some big pieces of information that you fail to disclose. Windows 10 use between 40 to 80 percent of your computers resources, in the case of older computers they can slow down to a crawl or completely stop work if windows is updating.

    After doing a search for the price of a new GMC truck you will find that every new web page that you open will contain a banner of dealers selling that same truck, do you think that was just coincidence.

    Windows 10 knows what you watch on YouTube, what music you listen to, web pages you see, you political and sexual orientation, your buying habits etc, etc.

    Now the kicker - remember the remote assistance connection app on win 8 that you could enable or disable, well now you have on your win 10 some new features that include remote viewer - remotely activate your webcam and record without you knowing, remote image capture can capture an image of any folder or setting on your computer again without your knowledge or consent and I was told that PKU students have been able to hack into this app and mirror hard drives of friends and family members thousands of miles away.

    Does that sound like something that you want to have in your computer?

    Congress should open an investigation on this issue.

    • Boyd Sirrel
      August 30, 2016 at 1:44 am

      Google Adsense is responsible what what ads you see and what suggested videos you get, not Windows 10. Bill Gates has little to do with Microsoft anymore.

    • Angie
      December 14, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      I turned off those settings. At least I saw those settings in Windows 10 Pro. I don't want them tracking me even though it says, "Let apps use advertising ID to make ads more interesting to you based on your app usage (turning this off will reset your ID). " (So yes it IS Microsoft). Also: "Let website provide locally relevant content by accessing my language list". (Also microsoft). "Show me suggested content in the Settings app" (Also Microsoft). And some settings you cannot even change on your computer but have to sign on the Microsoft website...

    • Angie
      December 14, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      One thing I hate that still is a problem is my Save As... When I am saving a bunch of files to the same location I wish that my last location would be where it would go to .. not have to search for that location over and over again. How can I fix that? Why did Microsoft change that? I liked how Windows 7 and all previous windows had it.

  14. Tawney M.
    July 23, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    I just wish Microsoft gave users more control over WHEN it downloads updates. We only have DSL available here and last months updates suddenly used so much bandwidth I couldn't load web pages. Then in the evening my husband's computer downloaded while he was playing a game offline - again I couldn't load web pages. This had not been a problem before, but it totally creeps me out about the upcoming Anniversary Update - ugh. I wish they could send a notice "There is an update available. You have 72 hours to download and apply then it will happen automatically."

  15. Ted McCallion
    July 20, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I have been running windows 7 Pro and am very happy with it. I have NOT elected to upgrade to 10 despite all the constant daily prompts by Microsoft to do so including their attempts to "trick" you into upgrading. But what happened last night pisses me off to no end. I clicked on the latest windows update like I normally do and when i get up this morning my whole desktop looked like someone else's computer. Wallpaper was changed - icons all re-sorted and made smaller- video and audio files which I had been working on in my desktop are all gone to who knows where - Task Bar is missing shortcuts on both left and right side - I am having trouble even trying to figure out where to begin - and my tech support is my wife, who is an IT expert. I wish I could just change to a MAC but it's not practical for me at this time. Microsoft and their gall should be punished for what they do to people. We will probably try the system restore route and see how that goes. Microsoft needs to be made to understand that even though we are using their operating systems, it is NOT THEIR COMPUTER !!!! IT'S MINE AND I WILL DAMN WELL RUN WHATEVER OS I CHOOSE ......

  16. C Cat
    July 6, 2016 at 1:25 am

    It seems like these changes weren't available last week, maybe so, though. Anyways, went into my control panel and made a new set of changes to the settings. Changes things for the taskbar, unchecked boxes that seemed to indicate the new changes, removed box checks, and importantly, took that sucker off of tablet mode. Also, added a few things to the taskbar. Better. If it's consistent.. There was an option to remove automatic switch to tablet mode, I chose don't switch and don't automatically change... Not a surprise. Like most people, I don't use my desktop to exclusively have substitutes for all the things I would otherwise do with my desktop- which is why we have so many apps on our tablets. Good luck.

  17. C Cat
    July 6, 2016 at 12:52 am

    I have more... Because I have to dedicate time, precious time which I do not have, trying to figure out how to access any open application, because instead of simply leaving the title of that application in open view from the bottom navigation, since the update, I have to currently search the computer (EACH TIME) or find the open application in task manager... And, because if I do not save changes (EACH TIME), I move away from a written application, unless I relocate it in task manager instead of search, my most recent changes will not be accessible when opening the application again. And, because the non-intuitive, mobile imitating, set of arrows which are available to move from one set of open windows to another do not always appear or function in the same way they did previously. And, because all of these complicated unnecessary "updates" managed to make things harder instead of easier, instead of simply providing people with the choice to have more visual elements (where they would be most useful- not where they are), mobile functions (where they would be most useful- not where they are, and list elements (where they would be most useful, not where they are). I sincerely believe some detached head(s) of everything is motivating these changes from personal preference/following another set of modern stereotypes for other applications, and, though, they make absolutely no sense for easier function in the way they are applied- everyone is simply acting like the emperor has clothes on. In the meantime, my navigation is screwed and my experience is tanked.

  18. C Cat
    July 6, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Because someone decided that instead of a sensible easy to reach collection of icons highlighting my most important things to pay attention to on the desktop, my view of the desktop and these icons needed to be blocked. It would be turned into a sckyscraper list, including many individual documents, which I would have to scroll tediously looking for the select group of items that I had previously been able to use without much hesitation. Also, because someone decided that each time my computer is not showing an open application, my view of the desktop needed to be replaced with a view of the block sized apps, which, one by one, are exceptionally important, even though most of them are of no use to me whatsoever. Instead of a short list of easily seen apps, I now have to scroll through blocks of colored photos which take up huge amounts of space and have no utility to me whatsoever in the position they are in, when the former use of that space was especially high in utility and function. And, because someone decided that a 1979 block cursor needed to take over my notepad slight cursor, as if user preferences and intelligent design needed to go backwards in time instead of forwards.

  19. Microsoft SCUM
    June 25, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Gavin Phillips
    23 June, 2016

    Hey Benjamin. You’re absolutely right: setting a metered connection does stop the Windows Update process. However, if it is a machine you use regularly, I would at least keep it somewhat up-to-date, as you’ll be missing security patches. Cheers!

    Hey Gavin, you're a F******ing idiot..this is an upgrade that has failed. NO-ONE wanted was FORCED ON people who had no technical no how..


    • Tina Sieber
      June 27, 2016 at 2:14 am

      Not sure how Gavin's comment got you so mad, but one thing I'm sure everyone here at MakeUseOf agrees with is that the sneaky upgrade to Windows 10 was a foul move from Microsoft. It's unethical and outright malicious.

      However, once you're on Windows 10 (some of us upgraded voluntarily after all), you'll have to make due with forced Windows Update, that's just part of the deal. Or you use tricks like setting your internet connection to a metered connection. That's what Gavin was on about in his comment.

      • BA Barabus
        January 8, 2018 at 3:23 pm

        Yes, I feel aggrieved about forced updates as much as all here.
        My main PC is stuffed with applications some of which (like Lotus Organizer from 1998) will not work with the the latest 1709 Win 10 upgrade.
        I really like some older Apps so I always keep some Acronis backups to revert should an update mess things up, like where did all my Desktop icons and Taskbar shortcuts go (another here has listed the same problems)
        Frankly, since I have several PC's and a laptop on Linux I have considered disconnecting my main unit from the router. That seems to be the only way to stop it. Using a wifi dongle makes this easier to disconnect and connect.
        Wonder what others think about this?

        Best regards to you and all here,

  20. Casper
    June 24, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    I'm greeted DAILY by a "You must reboot for updates to take effect. Reboot now or select a time....." No matter how many times I try to reboot or shut down and apply updates, it just reboots or shuts down as normal, so I get to see the message next time I log in. Also, once upon a time I set up insider builds. Now I'm stuck with them until I completely reinstall? Poppycock! Pretty annoying, especially since I also use my gaming rig as a media server for the household. Now that I have the 10 licensed for it, I'm debating on backtracking to Win7 for better stability until M$ removed their head from their rectum. Been using it since build 9879, and I thought it was cool at first, but the headaches are getting bad.

    • Tina Sieber
      June 27, 2016 at 2:17 am

      Yeah, downgrading from the Insider Preview isn't easily done. But if you want to re-install Windows 7 anyway, it doesn't matter. Too bad Windows 10 still has so many issues. At least the update should be smooth.

  21. Benjamin W.
    June 21, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    There is an option in Windows 10 Home to just notify you to schedule a reboot. As well as setting any Wifi as a "metered" connection which I think limits the background downloads such as Updates.

    • Gavin Phillips
      June 23, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Hey Benjamin. You're absolutely right: setting a metered connection does stop the Windows Update process. However, if it is a machine you use regularly, I would at least keep it somewhat up-to-date, as you'll be missing security patches. Cheers!

  22. SK
    June 21, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Far too many weird things going on with windows 10, like not being able to handle multiple monitors reliably, freezing after a reboot, all of which totally clobbered productivity. I gave up in the end and went back to to Windows 7 which in my view is far more stable.

    • Gavin Phillips
      June 23, 2016 at 9:43 am

      Fair enough, SK. I think a lot of people were rightly irritated with the teething issues Windows 10 experienced. I too had trouble connecting a second monitor to my laptop running the Insider Preview, but after a couple of updates, it was ironed out. I realize waiting for an update to iron out something so seemingly simple isn't really acceptable, and most people just don't have the time to spare, but at least you secured your free upgrade for down the line.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  23. chris chambers
    June 21, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    I have windows 10 on my laptop for about 3 weeks, and I didn't like the way it treated me, and with all the errors with applications and driver related issues

    so I binned the windows 10 and returned back to win 7 Pro.

    I might look at it again in a years time, depending on the price else when the support for Win 7 rans out then I will look at lunix.

    • Doc
      June 21, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Since you've already upgraded the laptop to Windows 10, you're "entitled" to Win10 on that machine forever - not just the July 29th cutoff.

      What the hell is "lunix"? LOL.

      • Gavin Phillips
        June 23, 2016 at 9:40 am

        Doc is right: if you followed the upgrade path, or even clean installed and used your old license to activate W10, you have secured your free copy.

        Doc, please don't belittle other readers for an obvious spelling mistake. You know very well what they're talking about.

        As ever, thank you for reading and commenting!

  24. Logan
    June 21, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    To turn off updates... I found all I had to do was remove it from the Task Scheduler. If you don't want to wholesale remove the entry, you can change the date for the next update to be a few years out.

  25. Laura B
    June 21, 2016 at 4:57 am

    My biggest issue is that it uninstalled my Office 2013 and installed O365, and has now uninstalled that. No one seems to believe MS could do that, but I sure didn't. I also have not been asked to extend a 365 subscription, which would certainly happen if I had a trial subscription. So now I pretty much have no choice but to subscribe. I have no MS Office apps.

    • Tina Sieber
      June 21, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Laura, did you own Office 2013 before? Or did you have it through an Office 365 subscription? Either way, if you owned it, you should be able to re-install it on Windows 10. Or downgrade to your previous Windows version and everything should be restored.

      • Anonymous
        June 23, 2016 at 4:24 pm

        Thanks for the reply, Tina. My techie son informed me that "own" isn't really the right word. MS owns Office, we just buy licenses. As I recall, Office 2013 came preinstalled on the refurbishhed laptop I bought from Woot. Since registration was not required until Office 2016, I didn't register and I don't have a product code, so MS could not/would not help me. I don't want to downgrade the OS, because it was W8.1, which is not designed for heavy Office use.

        So my son got sneaky and told me I can get Office for $100/year across five platforms. I said great! And he said, it's 365. So I caved. There's a point where the windmills win. He installed O365 on my phone and laptop, and will install on my new desktop once it's set up. I have W7 on both my old and new desktops, which I love. I suppose allowing MS to almost completely own me is a sacrifice I must make.

        Thank you!

  26. mattia campagnano
    June 21, 2016 at 3:29 am

    Workaround? Ditch that crap for good, so glad i did it.

    • epiquestions
      June 21, 2016 at 8:53 am

      If you're not a gamer, sure you can use linux unix variants

    • Gavin Phillips
      June 23, 2016 at 9:38 am

      What did you move to, Mattia?

      • mattia campagnano
        June 27, 2016 at 1:11 pm

        I moved to OS X and I'm glad I did.

  27. Anonymous
    June 20, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    The only workaround that Microsoft cannot get around is to switch to a non-Microsoft O/S.

    • epiquestions
      June 21, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Not an option for gamers

      • Nep
        June 21, 2016 at 10:08 am

        Yeah it is an option, just keep a windows 7 build around for playing games and use something else the rest of the time. I use 10 at work and there is no way that I am letting that filth invade my home systems, especially not the one I use for gaming. I can hold out until after the 7 support is years dead and by that point there should be sufficient linux support for me to just ditch windows altogether.

      • Anonymous
        June 21, 2016 at 12:45 pm

        So you have said a couple times now, but Steam is a thing. No, Linux (and Mac) users don't have access to the same massive library of Steam offerings that Windows users do, but there are still hundreds of really good games available for those operating systems.

        • Gavin Phillips
          June 23, 2016 at 9:37 am

          I commiserate with epiquestions and Nep: Linux and Mac do not have, and will likely never have the same attraction as Windows when it comes to gaming. Linux has seen a gradual creep of games, but the reality is that game devs make their products to make money, and that means selling to the largest market. Some devs are waking up to the opportunities Linux presents, but it really isn't the primary audience - and until Windows/Microsoft implode, it is really unlikely to catch up.

          To be fair, there are now an amazing array of games available for Linux via Steam. Try Wasteland 2 - you'll be engaged for months.

  28. Ken Esq
    June 20, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    You realize that you can also just unplug from the internet and not have to worry about updates. However, if you are going to be on the internet than you also have a duty to protect your machine against vulnerabilities that allow attackers to use your machine for spam, attacks and the like.

    • Tina Sieber
      June 21, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      Ken, are you indirectly suggesting that Microsoft is an attacker, using Windows vulnerabilities to install Windows 10? That's hilarious!

      • Gavin Phillips
        June 23, 2016 at 9:31 am

        It does somewhat seem like that - and it has been echoed elsewhere, Tina xD

        Ken, you could keep your computer disconnected from the Internet, but then each time you connect you'd be vulnerable to any exploits discovered during that time that remain unpatched. Unless you download the security patches on another machine, transfer and install them. Which, despite the irritations of Windows Update, is just a step too far for me. Good luck with that though.

        Alternatively, keep that computer offline forever, but then you'll miss feature updates that are largely making Windows 10 a pretty successful operating system for the majority of users.

    • xue li
      June 2, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      How much time hackers on internet stole from your machine? and how much time Microsoft shit force you give up from updating ?

      It is a beast arrogant way that force people go through the update on anytime Microsoft wants, It is very easy to put a stop button right before the updating going to happen but Microsoft shit just want you force you go through it, no matter what time it is, even in airport you just want to send an emergence email. No. Microsoft shit totally ignore your requirements, it just hit you down whenever you need your laptop to do something.