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Windows 10 Funnies and Follies

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Tuesday, 14 Jun 2016 01:19 PM Current | Bio | Archive

People have been complaining to me for several months now that Windows 10 has mysteriously appeared on their respective PCs without their permission.

Just the other day, an acquaintance from college tells me that at first he tried to live with his laptop’s miraculous overnight Windows 10 upgrade, but immediately found that his PC’s performance had taken a hit. After enduring it for a few hours he went through the procedure to roll back to Windows 7, which Microsoft allows you to do within a month after upgrading to Windows 10.

Rolling back to a previous version involves going to “Settings,” then “Update & security,” then “Recovery” and then selecting either “Go back to Windows 7” (in his case) or else “Go back to Windows 8.1” for other users.

This procedure is not supposed to change personal files, but will remove any apps installed after the upgrade to Windows 10.

Well, instead of getting back to Windows 7, he found himself merely able to call up a command prompt.

No Windows 7, no available recovery point, no disk partition of any sort, and, disastrously, no personal data files. He doesn’t have an external drive backup or anything in the cloud.

With no disk partitioning, the two crucial folders needed for the rollback, “$Windows~BT” and “$Windows~WS” are gone. So even if he could somehow download and transfer the Windows update troubleshooter to his machine, it wouldn't do any good.

Moreover, Windows 10 commandeers your hard drive in such a way that you will find yourself unable to use your manufacturer’s system recovery disk (if you still have one) to revert the system to its factory state.

Looking on Reddit, lots of people are complaining about Windows 10 installing itself without their permission and many of those people then attempting to use it suffer from things such as sporadic driver problems, which spurs them to do a rollback, which in turn leads to rollback problems.

Microsoft, of course, blames the victims for doing something wrong.

There’s been a huge push by Microsoft to put Windows 10 on every device they can, from “Internet of Things” devices to tablets and phones, the Xbox One game console and the HoloLens immersive virtual reality headset. This is good news for developers, who can now deal with a single code base, so one can “write an app once and run it on any Windows 10 device.”

Many users, however, find all this to be exasperating.

My friend finds Linux a bit intimidating, despite such appealing embodiments as the super-friendly desktop of Linux Mint, built upon the popular Umbutu distribution of Linux. By the process of elimination, he is now seriously considering buying Apple equipment, even though he’s used Windows  since the 1990s.

Perhaps Apple will realize that there’s an advertising opportunity here: “Give us your tired, your poor, your dead Windows 10 machines!” Heck, my firend even joked that somebody should buy existing manufacturing rights to put the Commodore Amiga back into production! 

For those too young to remember it, the Amiga was like a color Mac, but at half the price. Instead of being a huge success, Commodore managed to go out of business.

A number of companies have tried to resurrect the Amiga and/or its operating system, and there is a complicated smorgasbord of Amiga compatibles and AmigaOS 4 systems, AROS systems (open source AmigoOS) and MorphOS systems (closed source re-implementation of AmigaOS for PowerPC based systems). The fated history of the Amiga would fill a large book.

So I’m thinking that Microsoft is making some enemies with Windows 10, even as its use grows with every passing day — like it or not. One way or the other, it appears that Windows fans will have to grin and bear it, adapting to the latest and greatest Windows release — and probably end up buying new, more powerful equipment, to boot (both figuratively and literally).

Richard Grigonis is an internationally known technology editor and writer. He was executive editor of Technology Management Corporation’s IP Communications Group of magazines from 2006 to 2009. The author of five books on computers and telecom, including the highly influential Computer Telephony Encyclopedia (2000), he was founding editor-in-chief of Jeff Pulver’s Voice on the Net (VON) magazine from 2003 to 2006, and the chief technical editor of Harry Newton’s Computer Telephony magazine (later retitled Communications Convergence after its acquisition by Miller Freeman/CMP Media) from its first year of operation in 1994 until 2003. Read more reports from Richard Grigonis — Click Here Now.



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