I would not get too desperate about Windows 10. I am sure over time they will correct all the shortcomings and it will become a fine OS.
Have you read the article in its entirety? If not, I'd suggest you do so. You may be surprised at the amount of misinformation contained therein.
It seems to me that Microsoft has made their plans abundantly clear. From the article:
The new push will be a two-step process, with the first kicking in this year, the second in early 2016. First, Microsoft will add the Windows 10 upgrade to the Windows Update list on Windows 7 and 8.1 systems as an "optional" item. That list can be examined by users, letting them choose -- or not -- each optional update.
Sometime next year, Microsoft will shift the Windows 10 upgrade from optional to the "recommended" list. Updates on that list are automatically downloaded and installed on most PCs.
While I wonder about Josh Mayfield's statement:While the Windows 10 upgrade delivered as a recommended update will automatically begin the installation process, the user will be able to refuse the OS change early in the process. "Before the upgrade changes the OS of your device, you will be clearly prompted to choose whether or not to continue," Myerson promised in October.
I also wonder about some of his statements and also his app:"Over Thanksgiving weekend I started getting reports that the Windows Update 'AllowOSUpgrade' setting was getting flipped back on on a number of peoples' PCs, and it keeps re-setting itself at least once a day if they switch it back off," said Josh Mayfield, the software engineer who created GWX Control Panel. . .
Concurrent with the release of GWX Control Panel 1.6, Mayfield began hearing from users that their PCs were being switched from a "do-not-upgrade-to-Windows-10" status to a "do-upgrade" state, often multiple times daily.
In an interview Friday, Mayfield said that the Windows 10 upgrade setting switcheroo on Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs was apparently due to continued updates that Microsoft has shoved onto the older devices. The Redmond, Wash. company has repeatedly re-served its original GWX app to PCs, often with undocumented changes, even if the machine already had the app, or even if the user had managed to uninstall it previously.
Could it be that his app is causing the GWX fiasco? Hmmmmmmmm?"Microsoft has released this update several times," said Mayfield. "It doesn't change the name of the update, but every version is new, with new binary files."
Quoting Terry Myerson:
Looks pretty clear to me.While the Windows 10 upgrade delivered as a recommended update will automatically begin the installation process, the user will be able to refuse the OS change early in the process. "Before the upgrade changes the OS of your device, you will be clearly prompted to choose whether or not to continue," Myerson promised in October.
Money seems to always be the object in any free app. One way or another . . .
And finally:The GWX Control Panel can be downloaded from Mayfield's website. While the app is free, Mayfield does accept donations from appreciative users via PayPal. But he's not getting rich from those donations. "I get a donation from about one in every thousand downloads," he said Friday.
So, it seems the app doesn't stop anything; it just has a way to turn it off for the moment. Hmmm, can't we already do that in Windows 7 and 8.1?When users allow GXW Control Panel to run in the background, what Mayfield called "Monitor Mode" -- and which debuted in version 1.6 -- the app detects any behind-the-scenes changes Microsoft makes to Windows 7 or 8.1 to grease the wheels for the Windows 10 upgrade. Users can then use GWX to restore the PC's settings to a "do-not-upgrade" state.
Let changes subject for a moment, I thought the GWX Control Panel was recommend by Brink? (I maybe confusing posters).
I have 2 computers running W10, 1 (2 if you want to count Win Phone) on W8.1 and I am happy with all of them, BUT, my Win 7 machine, I want to keep it as is, not because I don't like W10, I just want it left alone until such time as MS no longer supports it and then "I" will shut it down. I have 2 XP machines in "rest" mode
About a quarter of the users I know running Windows 10 are having issues with freezes and hangs, everyone else is doing fine. I am getting hints that it may be related to having older graphics/video display cards that they can't get updates to the drivers for. This makes sense, given the new code MS had to write into Win 10 in order to make it adaptive across all screen sizes. Video cards must support Active X 9 + in order to be compatible for the upgrade. I am strongly recommending that my clients do 4 things before the Windows 10 upgrade:
- Update all drivers - especially video card drivers - to the most recent version possible.
- Make sure Windows Update has been run until it can't find anymore updates. (Except optional language packs)
- Do a full system image backup and system repair/recovery disk or media so that an intact rollback to the current OS is possible in the event of trouble, and without file loss.
- If using Quickbooks, back up your company file to a flash drive. Some users have had their company data blown out of Quickbooks after the upgrade. However, Quickbooks 2007 Pro and later were tested and ran fine under Win 10 by myself and my accountant.
Last edited by DanStafford62; 14 Dec 2015 at 13:46. Reason: Forgot a point.