Windows 10: tales from the upgrade whirlwind

Windows 10 whirlwindWindows 10: tales from the upgrade whirlwind.

Microsoft continues to ram Windows 10 down people’s throats: from interrupting a weather forecast, a livestream video game, I’ve had clients tell me they’ve repeatedly said no to the update and then turned around to find it upgrading their computer without their clicked consent.

The good news is that you have thirty days to roll back the upgrade (go Start, Settings, Upgrades and Security, click on Recovery).

Why would you rollback?

Besides having your consent violated, why would rollback from the better security and other features of Windows 10?

Some legacy software won’t work with Windows 10.

Increasingly I’m finding that Windows 10 and Office 2010 (and earlier versions) don’t play nicely together. Most of the failed or traumatizing Windows 10 upgrades I’ve seen have involved Office 2010.

I’m running the latest version of Office on my laptop and it has had no Windows 10 update trauma. My desktop, running Office 2010, has conniptions now every monthly update cycle.

And now Microsoft has the gall to spam my screen with 50% off offers to upgrade my Office version. Arggh!

Repair versus Reset

Another reason to avoid upgrading to Windows 10 is the removal of the repair option. Instead of being able to do a repair install of Windows, now with Windows 10 there is only a reset option.

The difference? The repair install usually saved most of the software installations on the computer. This is huge if you have a lot of different software installs (such as accountants with programs for each tax year).

The reset feature in Windows 10 blows away all the software even Office. The reset does save all the files but no software.

Before you upgrade, you need to look at using an image version backup for your system.

End of Windows 10 whirlwind

Deadline for the free upgrade is July 30th. Microsoft has promised to stop the nagware then.