Most people use Windows computers instead of Macs for one of two reasons:
- Their offices use it
- They’re cheaper
In other words, there aren’t a lot of people who specifically choose Windows because they like it better. I am one of those people. I believe Apple has perpetrated one of the greatest
hoaxes marketing feats in history in getting people to pay huge premiums for their products. (Don’t get me started on iOS vs Android!)
Over the years, I have even dared to voice this opinion on numerous occasions, thus subjecting myself to much derision from my Mac-loving friends. I have heard over and over again how user-friendly they are, despite the fact that I have never used a Mac that I didn’t want to throw through the window within the first five minutes of turning it on. So many times have I heard specious accounts of how Apple computers never get viruses that my standard response became, “Well, sure. What self-respecting hacker would want to waste his time disrupting 17 computers?”
NOTE: Linux people, please don’t email me… I KNOW you think it’s the best thing ever, but no regular person is ever going to choose it.
All this to say that I haven’t just been a satisfied Microsoft customer all this time; I’ve been a passionate Microsoft advocate.
Over the last few days, I’ve been hearing stories from many friends about their computers automatically upgrading to Windows 10 without their permission. This isn’t the first time this has happened; there were earlier reports of this happening as well. Those times, however, Microsoft claimed it was done by mistake. However now they’re clearly doing it by deliberately misleading people into thinking they’ve declined the update when they’ve actually accepted it. This article describes the situation well:
How Microsoft’s tricky new Windows 10 pop-up deceives you into upgrading (PC World, 05/22/16)
This is just completely unacceptable. I upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 8 as soon as it was available and I’m glad I did. I like it better.
But there are plenty of completely valid reasons for a person to not want to upgrade, from having older software or peripherals that won’t work with the new OS to not having the time to learn something new right now to simply being perfectly happy with what you’ve already got.
Regardless of the reason, Microsoft has absolutely no right to force people to use a product they don’t want. Plain and simple.
So I’m going to continue using Windows 10 because it’s right for me. And I’m going to continue writing posts with tips for using it. But I will no longer recommend or defend Microsoft products to anyone and, in fact, I will warn them about this egregious behavior.
Dumb move, Microsoft. Really, really dumb.
How to roll back to your previous version of Windows
If you’re one of the people who has suddenly found themselves with an unwanted upgrade to Windows 10, this post has instructions for uninstalling it (warning: post has an autoplay video with sound):
How to go back to Windows 7 or 8 after an unwanted Windows 10 upgrade (PC World, 05/23/16)
It also includes links to tools you can use to prevent the upgrade from happening if it hasn’t already hit you.
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