Two Soylentils wrote with a caution about a new strategy in Microsoft's playbook to get people to upgrade to Windows 10.
An Anonymous Coward writes:
That pesky Windows 10 forceware box...
This notification means your Windows 10 upgrade will occur at the time indicated, unless you select either Upgrade now or "Click here to change upgrade schedule or cancel scheduled upgrade". If you click on OK or on the red "X", you're all set for the upgrade and there is nothing further to do.
Windows 7 or 8.x users that want or need to hold on to their current operating systems may be in for a very unpleasant surprise. Microsoft has essentially changed their Windows 10 update notification from a very pushy "opt-in" to an "opt-out". The new notification automatically schedules a time to receive Windows 10. Clicking the "X", as many have gotten used to, no longer prevents installation. Those that do not pay close attention to this new notification may inadvertently wind up with Windows 10 even if they did not want it. Very sneaky stuff.
Microsoft has published an offical article describing the changes.
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How about a software deamon that check any new files and if they match any win10 installation file they are deleted. That way win10 may never get started unless they change the procedure and install on the fly which is risky.
Another one is to add the installation files to the antivirus software identifier database.
Justifiably, as Win10 is one of the stubbornest pieces of malware currently in circulation.
Would it work? can it be done with ease?
IMO, when you start considering your OS malware, it is time to find another OS.
If you have software that won't work without it, you have to re-evaluate how important that software actually is to you.
If you have hardware that won't work without that crappy software, you may want to consider putting the manufacturer on your shit-list (though that may be of limited used due to ongoing industry consolidation).
I know all this. Sometimes one just have to deal with these asswares. Not much to do (yet).
Find me some accounting software that can submit payroll data electronically and we can talk. My problem of late isn't with the accounting VMs wanting to update to Windows 10... it is getting Windows Update to run at all. I have the list of evil updates (Win10 and the 'telemetry' updates) to avoid but none of the three will update at all. Some display the list of available updates but will just spin for days at 0% downloaded. Did all of the fixes suggested, even the really insane ones and nothing works. I hope that once the deadline for the free upgrade to 10 passes they will stop being such assholes.
Find me some accounting software that can submit payroll data electronically and we can talk.
Hire someone to create Free Software that will do what you want. Right now, people seem to be falling into the sunk cost fallacy trap, where they are forever abused by Microsoft. Maybe if a number of businesses pooled their resources, they could end this situation.
To be honest, having my data stored by companies that use proprietary software is unsettling, even though I don't use the software myself. That really has to stop.
Quickbooks supported Redhat Linux about 10 years ago, but no more.
I opted to stay with washing dishes rather than trying to support Machines running windows after looking into that very question.
I can not in good conscience recommend Windows for anything.
However, If they are not able to get their work done, I can't exactly recommend alternatives either.
What do you mean, start? The first time I heard it, it was "Windows 95 is a virus", though that's probably a combination of my age and the timing of the rise of the Internet. I'm forced to assume those comparisons started somewhere around the time when DOS 1.0 went gold.
GWX Control Panel does this (as I'm sure other utilities do).
Now we just need a compiled file identifier list to screw win10 on a large scale then ;)
"That way win10 may never get started unless they change the procedure and install on the fly which is risky."
Dude. That's exactly what they ARE doing. They've changed the procedure to auto-schedule your upgrade to windows 10. Essentially "on the fly". If you weren't looking at the PC when it was giving you the warning, it'll certainly look "on the fly" to you. (And since we're seeing people "choose" to upgrade to Windows 10 while streaming, while giving you the news, while (etc etc), I'm sure they weren't exactly prepared for it.
My concept of on the fly is to upgrade without first downloading the installation files. But if the storage of those installation files are prevented in every way, then the upgrade can't get of the ground.