The Worst Windows 10 Blunders of the Past Year

Joe Keeley 04-01-2017

Microsoft got a lot of things right with Windows 10, providing some great new features 6 Underrated Windows 10 Features You Must Try Windows 10 is different and constantly changing. You'll never be done exploring new features and tools. This article will help you discover tricks you might have missed so far. Read More . However, it’s fair to say that it got things wrong too. We’ll take a look at the stumbles of Windows 10 and see if they’ve been resolved.


As Windows 10 is an ever-evolving operating system The Latest Windows 10 Version Won't Be the Last One What is the latest Windows 10 version? How long is it supported? And why did Microsoft switch to a service model? Answers within! Read More , it’s possible that Microsoft will eventually patch down some of the missing or more annoying features. But some of the company’s decisions, like the aggressive free upgrade offer, are history.

Aggressive Push to Windows 10

For the first year of its existence, Microsoft offered Windows 10 as a free upgrade to all users of Windows 7 and 8.1. At some point, Windows Update quietly installed an application called Get Windows 10 to all eligible systems. Using this application, a user could run a quick check to see if their system could handle the upgrade and then opt in if they wished.f

The problem was that some users were finding themselves upgraded to Windows 10 against their will. Because Microsoft is very keen to push as many people towards Windows 10 as they can, they employed overly aggressive tactics.

Perhaps the most heinous act came when the red X button of the Get Windows 10 app no longer closed the window. Instead, it prepared the installation for the upgrade in the background.

Get Windows 10 App


While uproar was immediate, it took Microsoft a couple of weeks to roll back on this behavior. #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

Chris Capossela, Chief Marketing Officer at Microsoft, acknowledged the blunder at the end of last year, calling the situation “pretty painful and clearly a lowlight” that they “learned a lot from” in an interview with Windows Weekly.

Lack of Flexibility in Windows Update

Previous versions of Windows gave you great control over Windows Update. You could pick and choose what to install. That all changed with Windows 10. Windows Update automatically installs everything from security patches, bug fixes, and new features, whether you want them or not. From Microsoft’s viewpoint this ensures that everyone is running the same version. Still it remains as one of the biggest user gripes about Windows 10.

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We talked about the positives and negatives of forced 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 when Windows 10 first launched. In the meantime, Windows Update has seen a few minor tweaks. Most notably is the introduction of active hours. You can set a 12-hour window in which your device won’t automatically restart to install updates. You can set active hours by pressing Windows key + I and going to Update & security > Windows Update > Change active hours.

The upcoming Creators Update 11+ New Features Coming to Windows 10 in 2017 The Windows 10 Creators Update is due in Spring 2017. We compiled the biggest updates and new features you can look forward to. Read More  might allow users to temporarily pause the installation of non-critical updates for 35 days. Microsoft is undoubtedly aware about people’s update frustrations. It seems like the company is slowly taking steps to rectify, though not alleviating the situation completely.

Questionable Privacy Settings

In a world increasingly devoid of “privacy”, it wasn’t surprising that Windows 10 has some questionable privacy policies Everything You Need to Know About Windows 10's Privacy Issues While Windows 10 has some issues that users need to be aware of, many claims have been blown out of proportion. Here's our guide to everything you need to know about Windows 10's privacy issues. Read More . The biggest problem is what users opt into by default, often without realizing.

During the Windows 10 installation process, many users will select Express Settings for what Microsoft calls the “best experience”. Few users appreciate what that choice really ends up enabling. You can manually configure your privacy settings How to Configure Windows 10 Privacy Settings During Setup If you're installing Windows 10 for the first time, you may be unhappy with the assumptions Microsoft makes when selecting their Express Settings presets during installation. What liberties are Microsoft are taking with your privacy? Read More  if you click Customize settings during setup.


The default settings will allow Microsoft to personalize adverts to your experiences, receive your internet browsing data, and send your location data to trusted partners. It might sound more sinister than it really is — if you trust Microsoft’s word, that is. Some applications need to use particular data as part of their function, while Windows gathers other information in the name of improving usability.

You can customize the majority of these settings by pressing Windows key + I, clicking Privacy, and going through each category in turn to adjust everything to your liking.

windows 10 privacy settings

We’ve published a complete guide to Windows 10 privacy The Complete Guide to Windows 10 Privacy Settings Do you know how much personal data you're actually sharing when using Windows 10? We show you every single Windows 10 privacy setting and what they mean. Read More to help you through this. But the fact remains that a lot of people remain oblivious to how much information Windows 10 collects by default. Meanwhile, Microsoft continues to use vague language around privacy. There’s still a lot of room for improvement here.


Missing Features and Inconsistent Interface

Windows 10 brought with it some interesting new features, like the virtual assistant Cortana Hey, Cortana? Everything You Didn't Know to Ask and More Cortana can do a lot more than you think. This master list of basic and not-so-obvious commands will help you get to know your virtual assistant and increase your productivity. Read More . But it also removed some, including Windows Media Center, desktop gadgets, and default games. The latter is a particular gripe. Although you can download replacements from the Store, they come plastered with adverts.

If you’re missing these features, you should read our guide on lost Windows 10 features you can resurrect 5 Lost Features You Can Resurrect in Windows 10 Windows 10 is quite different and chances are you're missing a few familiar features. Did you lose Windows Media Center, DVD support, or classic games during the upgrade? We may have a solution for you! Read More .

While the introduction of virtual desktops to Windows is long overdue, it still lacks simple features, like the ability to rename your desktops or give each a unique wallpaper. Elsewhere, the need to associate an email with every user on the system and the inability to block apps with blanket rules is a step back from Windows 8.

Then there’s the inconsistent user interface. Though Microsoft has introduced improvements since launch, especially in the right-click menus, there’s still a distinct difference in design between modern and older Windows applications, both visually and in function.

windows 10 context menus interface

The fact that Settings and Control Panel exist as two separate entities, especially when they both have simultaneously unique and similar features, is baffling. We’ve talked about this all more in detail with our list of features we wish Windows 10 had got right 7 Features I Wish Windows 10 Had (Done Right) Windows 10 is a controversial beast. Many love it, others can't find anything but faults. We have summarized features that could have been done better or are missing in the first place. Read More .

Is It All Bad?

It’s definitely not all bad with Windows 10. There are many compelling reasons to upgrade 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 , but that doesn’t mean there isn’t ample room for improvement. Since the operating system is now more of a service, one which will continue to evolve, we can hope that Microsoft will solve many of our dislikes.

The extent of the changes is a different matter, however, especially when Microsoft seems very keen to stick to their guns when it comes to their policies on updating and privacy. Those of you remaining on Windows 7 or 8 might appreciate our piece on how to get Windows 10 features without upgrading Get the Best Windows 10 Features on Windows 7 and 8 Do you admire some of the tricks Windows 10 can do, but would rather stay with your old Windows version? We have compiled 8 tools that can bring the best Windows 10 features to your... Read More .

What do you think Microsoft got wrong with Windows 10? Has anything improved that you disliked at launch?

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Related topics: Windows 10, Windows Update, Windows Upgrade.

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  1. Lou W.
    January 10, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Another big problem is with parental control of kid's accounts. You cannot just set up a kids account on your PC with parental control over content, browse time, etc. You have to set up all accounts with a Microsoft email account, even for a 5 year old. And to make it a kid's account where the parent has control, you have to have a credit card on file with your Microsoft account. This is not acceptable to me.

  2. Jim K
    January 6, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Microsoft Edge is ages behind all other web browsers. The minimal amount of extensions is a major issue in keeping clients on Edge and the inability to manage Favorites in a user friendly way is a very big issue for me. The change to a favorites "database" was a bad idea in my personal opinion.