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Is Windows Punishing those who dont Upgrade to 10

  1. Stacie L profile image90
    Stacie Lposted 9 months ago

    (BTW,there is not windows 10 subheading.)

    I am noticing that my window7 os  is slowing down, and freezing up lately. it happens that the upgrade to window 10 popup is also reminding me more and more. The ie11 browser is not functioning as well as firefox. Anyone see this happening to their internet browsing?
    yes, I have internet security and virus protection that scans regularly.

    1. Credence2 profile image84
      Credence2posted 9 months ago in reply to this

      We have had trouble with Win 10, taking liberties with the functioning of our computer and doing things that we once controlled ourselves. Control disguised as convenience. 

      Things are slowing down and I have had to resort to 'system restore' more often than I would like to clear things up.

      1. JayeWisdom profile image95
        JayeWisdomposted 9 months ago in reply to this

        Since an upgrade to Windows 10 remains free until mid-2016, I've been considering the installation, reading articles about the pros and cons. When I saw this forum question in my email inbox today, I hoped there would be a lengthy discussion that might guide me in the decision:  "to Win 10 or not to Win 10?"

        Like Stacie, I'm experiencing some problems with my Win 7 OS (slowing, freezing, not responding) that don't resolve completely by deleting temporary files, etc. I'd like to upgrade to the operating system, but don't want to experience even worse problems. I hope this forum will garner a lot more discussion from Win 10 users about their experiences with this newest upgrade. By the way, Credence2, which version do you have--Win 10 Home or Win 10 Pro?

        I'll admit that I'm "technically challenged", so I keep the wonderful site howtogeekDOTcom bookmarked. The site has a lot of "how to" articles that address specific computer hardware/software/apps needs in a clear non-geek way that even I can (mostly) understand. Even the comments are helpful.

        "What’s New in Windows 10’s First Big Update (Which Arrives Today)" was posted on that site about two months ago, and it's still in my list of "must read when I have time" articles.  (Note to self: MUST find time.) Perhaps it will answer some of these questions. An earlier article published on the site just after the launch of 10 essentially advised upgrading, with some caveats, but also recommended waiting about six months for Microsoft to work out the bugs. I'm still waiting.

        At any rate, I'll follow this discussion.

        1. Credence2 profile image84
          Credence2posted 9 months ago in reply to this

          I believe that it is the home edition. It is on my spouses laptop. I have not been happy ever since they did away with XP. I confess not to know a great deal about it, but there has always been pressure by Microsoft to request, coax and then force upgrades on you. I used to be able to control whether I accept an upgrade, now everybody assumes that you want it and your ability to op in or out is restricted. As a result, even the screen savers are changed everyday without our having arranged for it. It is becoming more like tenacles, rather than a helping assist. This may all reflect an ongoing trend that is not evident except upon close examination. The changes and where they are leading may not be where I want to go.

          I too, will be following the discussion

          1. JayeWisdom profile image95
            JayeWisdomposted 9 months ago in reply to this

            Credance2- I, too, was very attached to XP, and only gave it up when Microsoft issued the ultimatum that they would no longer support it and it's continued use would open the user up to hacking. With my upgrade to Win 7, I lost the compatibility of the wonderful early version of Photoshop Album that I'd used for years, which I can't use any more and have not satisfactorily replaced through two expensive tries. Arrrrgh!

            Your use of the word "tentacles" seems apropos, especially since (from what I've read) Win 10 collects more from your computer than previous versions which it shares with its "partners", including Bing. This doesn't make me happy, and it seems they "bury" the opt-out instructions so that you really must dig to find them.

            Everyone who uses Microsoft is victimized more and more by the company (creating additional profits for Bill Gates so he can partner with Monsanto--but don't get me started on THAT topic or this will turn into a major rant). Google also tracks everything we do online and who knows what they do with the data? I doubt the NSA is more dangerous to Americans' privacy than Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and other technical-age platforms. I just do not react well to being coerced into a decision, and it seems as though you don't either.

            We shall see . . .Jaye

            1. Credence2 profile image84
              Credence2posted 9 months ago in reply to this

              Here is a little more, Jaye.

              In these newer versions of the Windows browsers, I see a flood of ads, almost enough to vapor-lock my system. You make an inquiry about anything on the web and these advertisements for this and other related products pop up on other completely unrelated searches. The ads follow you like some sort of flying dutchman, or something. For them to be able to do this means that they would have to shadow all your web searches. Talk about big brother? The Missus freaked, thinking that the camera in the laptop could very well be spying on her. We thought that the idea was ridiculous at one time, but not anymore. All this information they are gathering is not just going into the ether, who is gathering it and for what purpose? Computers are indispensable, I can't live without them, but it is still scary.  When these platforms were comtemplated, obviously many were in cahoots to set us up with what we now have to endure. The only concerned party left out of all the brilliantly planned revisions was the consumer.

              That was unfortunate.

              They are in control of everything you see and hear, just like the "Outer Limits"

              1. JayeWisdom profile image95
                JayeWisdomposted 9 months ago in reply to this

                That's true even now with my WIN 7. I can't escape the ads, and I'm hit with them by Google and Yahoo continuously. Every time I try to read something online, I have to shut down numerous pop-up ads that cover the print. It's infuriating! You're right, too, that it's scary to have your preferences known. I buy a lot online rather than shopping in bricks-and-mortar stores, so they have my browsing and purchasing history. The same or similar items are touted to me in ads constantly. It doesn't matter what level of "security" settings you choose on these platforms (and that includes Facebook)--you can't escape being followed.  I can almost hear the theme music of "Outer Limits" or "The Twilight Zone!"

  2. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 9 months ago

    I have three computers: 1 upgraded to 10 and working fine, 2 not upgraded and working fine.  It's just an operating system.  It works according to however you set it up.  If you don't like it, use a different one.