PC Users Caught Unprepared for Automatic Windows 10 Upgrades
NEWS ANALYSIS: Unless you take steps to prevent an automatic upgrade of your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 machine, it will happen even if you're not around to approve it.While it’s no secret that Microsoft is trying to move its customers to Windows 10 as quickly as possible, I hadn’t realized that the move had become an imperative. That realization came while I was attending a presentation by the Lynchburg (Va.) Amateur Radio Club on how to build a software-defined radio and heard a discussion about the control software, most of which runs on Windows. The engineer leading the discussion was clearly annoyed because the laptop computer he used to operate his SDRs had suddenly been upgraded to Windows 10, and in the process his control software stopped working properly. He found, as have many others, that the drivers necessary to make everything work didn’t run with Windows 10. Until he could find the time to switch his computer back to Windows 7, his control software wouldn't work again.
Until then I’d thought that Microsoft would give Windows users a warning before running an automatic Windows 10 installation as Microsoft Vice President Terry Myerson said in his blog entry announcing the upgrade procedures late in 2015. Now it appeared that Microsoft wasn’t actually giving Windows users that opportunity to opt out, or at least delay the automatic upgrade.