It is being widely reported that Microsoft’s latest version of its Windows operating system, Windows 10, is being forcibly installed on computers running previous versions of the software.
Over the weekend, stories on Reddit, Twitter, and major news organizations began circulating, citing a so-called “routine” update to Windows 7 that contained a section in the End-User License Agreement (EULA) prompting users to accept or decline an automatic upgrade to Windows 10. Others simply left their machines unattended for a short period of time and returned to a find new version of Windows installed without their consent.
This marks a major shift for companies and professionals who rely on Windows for third-party support and backwards compatibility in specialized software. Windows 7 is being equated by many in the information technology and systems space as the natural successor to Windows XP, the hugely popular and widely-adopted OS for businesses and organizations, which is no longer supported by Microsoft (meaning no more routine security patches leaving users of XP highly vulnerable to malware and viruses).
Windows 7 is similarly on Microsoft’s backburner, with official support scheduled to end in early 2020.
This may be seen as a strategic move by the software giant to prompt users on the fence to jump to the company’s flagship operating system before they may be ready. Historically, users and businesses have been slow to adopt new operating systems due to unknown security risks and deficiencies in compatibility with older software.
If your company’s computers have “magically” upgraded to Windows 10 without your consent, you do have a choice in the matter. Microsoft is offering users the chance to rollback to their old operating systems within 31 days of upgrade. Though it may not be the ideal outcome, those caught unaware by the automatic upgrade will at least be able to correct the issue.
Depending on your industry and your company’s focus, upgrading to a new operating system may be a good move for productivity and capability, but larger institutions that rely on uptime and reliability should be skeptical of change. Find out which platform is right for you and your company’s software by contacting CMIT Solutions of Seattle for expert insights and guidance in the world of computers and technology.
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