Windows 10 Free Upgrade Ending Soon

We are finally nearing the end of the Windows 10 free upgrade offer after many months of great expectations and great frustrations. I use the word “offer” while clenching my teeth. In the beginning, Microsoft said we could upgrade when we were ready. I assumed that meant that if we didn't want to update during the free session, we didn't have to. The latest rounds of spontaneous upgrades has proved me wrong.

If you want to upgrade for free and haven't already done so, make sure you complete your upgrade before July 29th.

In my opinion:

Windows XP & 7 were like Star Wars 4, 5, & 6.

Windows 8 was like Star Wars 1, 2, & 3.

Windows 10 is like the George Lucas Official Remaster of Star Wars: A New Hope....the good parts are still in there but they are whitewashed over with a bunch of corporate BS that is being imposed on users.

A Look Back at the Previous 11 Months of Windows 10:

Microsoft has left computer repair people like Phil and I at a loss for what the future  holds with Windows 10 repairs.

  1. Computers that have gone through the free upgrade don't have a product key....they have an “entitlement” (Microsoft term) so as long as the Microsoft servers identify the computer as an entitlement machine, we can load 10 back on the computer after a crash. There have been some instances where a laptop came in crashed; after attempting to reload its operating system, Microsoft didn't recognize the key or entitlement. That means that user now has to purchase a new copy of Windows 10.
  2. If you replace a motherboard or processor in a computer, Microsoft will require you to purchase a new copy of Windows 10. This is due to the operating system being married to the hardware of a computer. So far, hard drive changes don't require a new purchase of the OS but that isn't guaranteed. This issue of the OS being tied to the hardware can increase the cost of repairs by $100 to $150. This will create a system like we see over at Apple where the technicians opt to replace the entire device (without data save) instead of repairing the device. This will add tons of toxic materials to our landfills.

Next on my list: The Anniversary Redstone Update

Microsoft is promising “big updates” (again, their term) 2 or 3 times each year. These updates are supposed to bring incredible changes to the operating system. That means  that Microsoft plans to reshuffle the Windows 10 deck multiple times per year. This sounds like a nightmare to computer techs. Each time a big Windows 10 update was pushed during the last year (November and March come to mind) we had a flood of customers coming in with everything from broken drivers to crashed systems. We would patch them up and then inform the user that the issue could pop up again with the next round of updates. Of course they get angry with us because their computer worked fine before ..... why can't we make it right again? I would love to tell them to call Microsoft and complain but that will get them nowhere. Microsoft even has a feedback app programmed right into Windows 10 but I think it just dumps all requests, comments, etc.... into a forgotten data dump. Just like a bunch of prayer cloths.

With the anniversary update that is coming out this summer, Microsoft is promising great new innovative features! This statement alone gives me hives. I wanted to give you a list of what these innovative features are that you will be receiving in July but the more I went through the list, the more I felt like the whole process was futile. I really didn't see anything that I would consider ground breaking or useful to me.

However, I am not you and there may be things that you find exciting or beneficial. So, here is a link to a How To Geek article covering the upcoming features. How To Geek is one of my favorite sites for information and Chris Hoffman and Whitson Gordon do a great job of walking you through the changes with great screen shots.

And One More Thing:

Microsoft purchased LinkedIn for 26 Billion with a "B" last week...whaaa? Is this so they can build Outlook 2.0? I'm sure they will crush LinkedIn's commitment to open source technologies since that doesn't resonate with the Microsoft model. They also purchased Wand Labs, a messaging app company, this week and will automatically absorb it into their Bing team.

These two purchases are helping Microsoft create its new model of big data, apps, services, and bots. However, it is looking a lot like the Apple model to me. Which means that Microsoft users will eventually be painted into a corner where they can only use certain hardware and will not be able to modify or repair their devices. They will have to subscribe to a maintenance program and basically lease their devices. This is not the future I want to sign up for.

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