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Microsoft renews its pushy Windows 10 activities

Andy Patrizio | March 15, 2016
It's no secret Microsoft wants you using Windows 10 and will pull out the stops to get people to upgrade. The new strategy now appears to be setting business users against their boss while upgrading consumers without their approval.

"Yep, went out for a cigarette whilst playing cities skylines, came back to it halfway through the win 10 upgrade." – user spaceman-mike.

The common theme among these users is the installer takes over when they stop using the PC, but that's to be expected. They wait for the PC to be idle. Imagine the rage if the Windows 10 installer took over in mid-gaming or mid-work.

This is clearly not what Myerson promised in late October. One Redditor claiming to be from a law practice cited the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1030 and stated "the Justice Department and private persons have a right of action against both Microsoft and those persons responsible for initiating such upgrades absent conspicuous end user permissions. Microsoft's actions in this case would likely be a felony under the criminal statutes; for private actions, affected persons would be eligible for civil damages under a number of New York and federal statutes."

But that statute adds the qualifier that it's a crime to access the PC for the purpose of stealing information. I'm not a lawyer so that's as far as I should go on the subject. It won't surprise me if lawsuits do start flying. With the Obama administration in its twilight I doubt the DoJ will get involved, but the states sure will.

It gets better. I received an email on my public Gmail account from a retired woman who said, "I have Windows 7 and didn't know that Microsoft can upgrade without my consent ... I don't know what to expect. I'm really angry." So I wrote her with the steps to undo the install.

Turns out she liked it. "To be honest I love the new screen. It's like getting a new computer. I'm not having any problems so I'm keeping Windows 10. Now I'm glad they did it," she wrote.

I had to laugh.


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