Windows 10: Microsoft's new Buy-Wifi feature hijacking my wifi

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  1.    22 Sep 2015 #1

    Microsoft's new Buy-Wifi feature hijacking my wifi

    Microsoft recently added a feature to Windows 10 that allows you to purchase wifi access to hotspots through the Windows store.

    However as a customer of Cablevision , I pay for (as part of my cable package) for Optimum Wifi (owned by Cablevision) hotspots.

    Now, when I go to the wifi icon in my taskbar to view the available networks there is a message by Optimum Wifi to buy from the Windows store . There is no option to login with my Optimum Wifi account.

    This is frustrating as I cant access wifi which I already pay for throuh my cable provider because of Microsoft's buggy implementation of this feature.
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  2.    22 Sep 2015 #2

    Windows 10 was designed around - it's all about the money business model..

    Free OS - so you have to pay for everything else..
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       22 Sep 2015 #3

    It's not really free, if you install it to a new PC you have to buy a new license

    OP: I'd try a system restore, take note of what updates are being deleted, and then hide those using the Windows Update Show/Hide Fixit tool.
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  4.    22 Sep 2015 #4

    Uninstall it

    Im assumming that at some stage that app has been installed, can you uninstall if its there?

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  5.    22 Sep 2015 #5

    After messing it with, I think it will connect anyway, but still the message is misleading and it should not show under an ssid which is not owned by Microsoft. They may have a deal to resell Optimum's hotspots however it should not appear on the SSID which Optimum customers see.
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  6. XweAponX's Avatar
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       22 Sep 2015 #6

    So it just changed after an update, it used to say one thing, now it says something else? That might be what happened, just a simple name change. With those kinds of connections it gets piped through into the system. Hey friend of mine had a Verizon satellite hotspot that did that.
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  7.    22 Sep 2015 #7

    I don't think Optimum WiFi and Microsoft are affiliated, though I could be wrong.

    Uninstall the optimum WiFi application which you installed from the windows store.
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  8. XweAponX's Avatar
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       22 Sep 2015 #8

    Yah I agree dump it. See what it does.
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  9.    22 Sep 2015 #9

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    Not sure when it first appeared but recently

    Its not an Optimum Wifi app, its Microsoft Wi-fi app. I do not have it installed, it wants me to install it and buy wifi from Microsoft.

    So Optimimum Wifi is included with my cable package, I am entitled to access it without paying since i already pay through by cable bill.
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  10.    22 Sep 2015 #10

    Have you called the cable company and asked them about it?
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