‘Forced’ installation of Windows 10 root of software incompatibilities and misleading dialogue boxes

Windows 10 updates.

To install or not install? Windows 10’s delivery methods are the source of much criticism among users of Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 PCs. Image by Afanasev Ivan (via Shutterstock).

Our fellows at the Microsoft Corporation have had a right to do over the Windows 10 operating system. Not on the grounds of its usability, more so its delivery. Of late, their most recent OS has been bundled on new machines.

What has caused the most alarm is its delivery method on older machines running Windows 7, 8, and 8.1. Over the last month, users of older machines have received a message from Microsoft, cajoling them to download Windows 10. Though this is optional, the dialogue box they see suggests otherwise.

To install or not to install?

Since 1985, the positioning of the ‘OK’ and ‘Cancel’ buttons have been placed in the same bottom position. At odds with time-honoured practice, this has been replaced with ‘Install Now’ and ‘Install Tonight’ buttons. The ‘Cancel’ button has moved elsewhere, a place less obvious than normal.

Sneakily, the ‘Cancel’ button has been relegated a red ‘X’, then a link. Prior to recent changes, clicking the red ‘x’ would stop the installation process. Today, the same is true if you click the text link. We at Tabard IT are antsy, to say the least. Especially as we’ve worked with Windows systems, since they had floppies.

Thanks to this, unwitting users have downloaded Window 10 against their will. Thankfully, you can change this after installation as detailed in a PC World tutorial.

Another almighty slip-up?

For many people with older machines, Windows 7 serves their purpose well. Windows 10 is pretty slick, also an improvement on 8 and 8.1 (where the Metro interface was a step too far for some). Nobody should have any operating system foisted upon them. That should be down to you, as always.

On the PC World website, it seems as if the knives have been out for Microsoft’s misleading dialogue boxes. Long time users have been appalled by their approach, to a point where they have contemplated buying a Mac. Users have also reported incompatibilities with peripherals. How many are going to take the easy option and buy a new Windows 10 PC instead?

Till the 29 July 2016, you can upgrade to Windows 10 on your present machine free of charge. As always with any installation, please remember to backup your most important files. If you require further information, why not give us a call on 0131 339 9448, or go to our quick contact form. We will be delighted to help you with your queries.

Tabard IT, 31 May 2016.

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