As a long-time Windows professional, I’m generally pleased with Microsoft’s latest edition of the OS.
But the company’s decision to take Windows-updating control out of users’ hands is simply wrong. Here’s why.
Getting two significant flaws in Win10 fixed
Preparing for an upcoming trip overseas, I’ve taken what I consider to be a drastic step. I booted up the Surface 3 I plan to take with me and turned off Windows 10’s updating service. I did so because I know that the machine will be offered updates while I’m away from home.
I’m not just worried about updates soaking up my mobile-data allowance; I’m more concerned that an update will crash my Surface, and I won’t be able to fix it while on vacation. (As most Win10 users know by now, unlike previous versions of Windows, the new OS doesn’t give you full control over which updates are installed and when.)
I had good reason to worry. Recently, the Surface ended up with a blue screen of death that was fixed only after the updating system installed an Intel video driver. That’s not something I want to cope with while in a foreign land. So to prevent any unwanted updating surprises, I applied the options detailed in an AskVG post.
Getting the Surface ready for travel highlighted the two things that annoy me about Win10 — and they’re both related to the OS-updating process. This is not just a personal gripe; many Windows professionals are complaining about the same two issues: lack of information about updates and our inability to control the updating process.
But, as someone who must maintain critical Windows systems in a small-business setting, I feel so strongly about these two problems that I’ve decided to take action. I’m sending a message to Microsoft chief Satya Nadella that the company needs to take a step back and truly understand the problems with Win10’s forced updating system — both for consumers and IT pros.