Super. Not. Cool.
If you’re one of the 52.4 percent of Windows users still using Windows 7 or 8, this is likely the primary thought that’s spinning ‘round your brain. Our dear chums in Redmond announced a few days ago that they will be rolling back support for Windows 7 and 8 sooner than they had originally stated. And you may have noticed when you fire up your laptop that Windows 10 now comes as a pushed “Recommended Update”, meaning you actually need to decline the update every time you start your computer to prevent the new OS from installing itself. Gee thanks, Microsoft.
‘Cuz you’ve been living under a rock
As if the real reason you haven’t switched yet is because you just haven’t had the time. Or because your PC has been in the shop for repairs. Since July. Or maybe you haven’t switched yet because little green men came to you in a dream and said that PCs running Windows 7 and 8 will be worth a fortune within five years time, a la Beanie Babies.
You probably haven’t switched yet because you don’t want to. And that’s pretty valid – there are some solid reasons for sticking with Windows 7 (8? Hey, it’s your life, man). Maybe you like 7’s relatively intuitive interface. Or perhaps you’re not quite ready to give up Windows Media Center. Maybe your deal breaker is the fact that you can’t control OS updates in Windows 10. Or maybe it’s because the thought of Cortana and all her data-capturing capabilities gives you the willies.
Whatever the case, Windows 10 is coming to a PC near you. And soon.
If you have Windows set up to automatically download updates, (which technically, isn’t a bad idea with regard to security) which a significant percentage of users do because it’s the default option, then you can expect to get at least a few gigabytes of Windows 10 on your PC sometime soon. According to Microsoft, users will still need to actually accept the terms for the installation to take place – so if they end up upgrading, it was because they wanted to. We all know that that’s a load of hooey because most people don’t actually read anything as they install. They just click, click, click away.
Windows update KB 3123862
And now, as all this wasn’t reason enough to be at least wary, Softpedia reported last week that the latest Windows update, KB 3123862 might actually be a mechanism to get unsuspecting 7 and 8 die-hards to upgrade. The description of the update is somewhat vague. In Microsoft’s own words: “The update adds capabilities to some computers that lets users easily learn about Windows 10 or start an upgrade to Windows 10.’”
Erm, okay, perhaps a bit more info, please?
Windows doesn’t seem to have anything more to say about the patch, which, of course, leaves lots of room for speculation. But according to Infoworld.com, this update is remarkably reminiscent of last years “Get Windows 10” patch, which “helped” users inadvertently install Windows 10 on their PC’s. Oh goody.
Whoohoo! Let’s hear it for transparency!
The good news is that on February 9th, Windows launched a Windows 10 update history site. The intent of the site is to provide users with information about each patch that has been deployed in the new OS. According to Microsoft Windows and Devices chief Terry Myerson, they won’t be providing each user with all information regarding a patch, but they will try to deliver the appropriate information to their different audiences. According to Myerson “After listening to feedback regarding the level of disclosure for Windows 10 updates, we decided to implement a new system for communicating updates to the operating system.” This seems to be a step in the right direction, so perhaps there is hope after all.
Meanwhile, keep in mind a few tips when downloading software:
So have you upgraded to Win10 yet? If you haven’t yet, let us know your thoughts on why. And if you have upgraded, do you feel it was worth it?
Either way, let us know in the comments below!