Letter for June 13, 2016

Letter for June 13, 2016

Watch out for Windows updates

I have usually selected auto updates on my Microsoft programs and operating systems. I also usually hibernate my computer when not in use and there have been cases when Microsoft turned the computer on remotely from hibernate for programs updates.

Recently upon my return from my routine Wednesday trip to Lihue, I turned my computer on from hibernate and lo and behold the screen said “Welcome to Windows 10”!

I had never requested or authorized any automatic or other change from my Windows 7 operating system. I tried reboots and other methods of restoring my Windows 7 to no avail.

Finally, I let the Windows 10 run its course and when it came to the legal stuff about accepting the program’s conditions I said no. Only then did it revert to the former Windows 7. It successfully restored most of my programs but not all and it also changed the default font and other settings in Word.

I have now mostly restored the programs it messed up but only after some effort. I also know at least one other person that had this happen to them. The normal restore function also will not work in this case.

Suggest Microsoft users disable the auto update function on their computer. Incidentally I do have computers running Windows 10 and it is OK but not in my opinion not better than Windows 7. It also seems nearly impossible to disable auto updates in Windows 10.

I would like to start a class action lawsuit against Microsoft but doubt it is worth the trouble.

John Gordon



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