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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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.