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Microsoft Makes Windows 10’s Worst Feature Worse – Forbes
At its heart Windows 10 suffers from a fundamental lack of user control. It executes Microsoft’s belief that an up-to-date operating system is more important than a user’s right to control what their PC installs. Until now a users’ best defence was the Metered Connections hack, but not anymore.
With the release of the latest Windows 10 Insider build (15058), Microsoft is taking control of how Windows 10 will download and install updates, even on those with limited/metered capacity broadband connections. And this has serious repercussions.
Spotted by Supersite for Windows, if you navigate to the Windows Update settings section you will see a worrying change. Up to now users with metered connections (those with limited monthly capacity allowances) would see the follow message: “Available updates will be downloaded and installed automatically, except over metered connections (where charges may apply)”.
This was a godsend for those on metered connections and users who wanted more control over updates simply told Windows 10 they were on metered connection. But now it reads:
“Available updates will be downloaded and installed automatically, except over metered connections (where charges may apply). In that case, we’ll automatically download only those updates required to keep Windows running smoothly.
In short: Windows 10 can now overrule users to download specific updates, even if they are on a metered connection. If a user is already close to their monthly allowance this could have significant cost implications.
Unfortunately we don’t know what Microsoft deems are “updates required to keep Windows running smoothly”. Rightly now Microsoft classes basic driver updates in the same essential category as urgent security patches – occasionally to damaging effect.
So if a user finds they face a larger Internet bill because Windows 10 decided their ethernet card driver (or graphics card driver which can be several hundred megabytes) was essential to update on the last day of the month, I expect Microsoft will face a flurry of complaints. Or even a class action lawsuit. And the costs could be dangerously expensive if you’re using your computer abroad on a roaming network.
Ultimately I don’t get Microsoft’s obsession with forcing updates upon users. By all means leave default settings as they in Windows 10, but give those users who want more control the option to take it. Right now, for all Microsoft is doing to improve Windows 10, moves like this will only harden the resolve of many Windows 7 and Windows 8 users determined never to upgrade…
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