If you are using Windows 7 or newer then you probably are seeing the popup for the Free Windows 10 Upgrade. Anyone who wants to upgrade is welcome to upgrade as this will be a free upgrade for a few months. We know there are a few customers out there who do not want this upgrade. However, Microsoft has decided that they are going to start pushing Windows 10 upgrades out through their automatic windows updates. This means that you might go to lunch one day, and when you get back your computer could be upgrading to windows 10.
In the last 36 hours, I know of at least 7 computers which have had this update pushed through automatically. Please be sure to always save your files before leaving your computer as the computer, when it decides to, will start the installation even if you have files open and then you risk losing any work you have done in those files.
The biggest suggestion out there to stop the upgrade is to turn off automatic windows updates. Will this work, I’m not sure as we have not tested that theory. If you don’t want it, then I would suggest doing that. The problem with that is then your computer will not be getting the security fixes it should be getting from those updates. There were also a couple of other hacks that were possibilities, but we had tried them in the registry and they did not work.
We don’t agree with Microsoft’s new tactic of automatically upgrading your operating system, but there is nothing we can do about it. Personally, I really like Windows 10 and I’m glad I have it. There were a few things that were different, but it basically has the best features of Windows 7 & Windows 10 put together.
Here are the top 3 problems we have seen:
- Your printers no longer work after the update. For some reason the drivers don’t seem to always go across smoothly and usually this can be fixed by just re-installing your printer. If this does not work, make sure your printer is Windows 10 compatible as some of the older ones will not be compatible. If there are not Windows 10 drivers available yet, the Windows 7 or 8 drivers normally still work.
- If you use SD Cards, transferring the pictures to your computer becomes a little more of hassle as there are a couple of extra steps you have to go through to get the pictures to your computer.
- The biggest issues we have seen are the login not working right away. The password seems to have got corrupted for some reason, but we were able to get that reset since they had another administrator account on that computer. There are other ways we can do this as well if it does happen to you – although the chances are very slim of your login being corrupted.