Windows 10 Automatic Updates Does It Again!

First off, I must apologize for my extended absence. Unfortunately, I’ve been crook (Australian term for unwell). Nothing too serious, just enough to keep me far from 100%. I’m into my 70s now so I guess nothing more or less than one should expect. My doctor told me to quit smoking and drinking so… I promptly quit going to that doctor. LOL

Anyway, my lovely wife and I were sitting back enjoying a movie streaming via Netflix when I noticed that the picture was really grainy. On my remote control I can hit an “Info” button which will then display relevant information including the rate of streaming. I saw immediately that the rate was much lower than normal. So, I’m thinking… my internet connection must be really slow tonight.

I’m pondering this aberration for a while when the possibility hits me that one of my three Windows 10 machines might be in the process of downloading a rather large update, or updates. Sure enough, a check of the machines reveals that one of them is indeed in the process of downloading a massive update. This is at approximately 8:30 PM, which I’m guessing most would consider to be prime viewing time– but apparently, not Microsoft.

It seems Microsoft has scant regard for users with limited bandwidth or the current consumer trend of viewing movies and TV shows via streaming services, and especially during prime time.

Anyone who has followed my previous articles is well aware that, while I do like Windows 10, I’ve been a staunch critic of the forced automatic update policy introduced by this latest operating system. Maybe I am a bit of a control freak, but I simply like to be in charge of what and when I allow to be downloaded and installed on MY machines.

I have no issue with the privacy concerns that a lot of people have complained about. I am able to control all of that via the settings. No issues with the telemetry either, which again, I can at least keep to a minimum. However, I do take umbrage at Microsoft forcing me to download updates when they feel like it and also forcing me to accept every update whether I want (need?) them or not.

It’s probably a minor gripe emanating from a decidedly grumpier old man, but hey, life wouldn’t be worth living if we didn’t have something to complain about, right? Well, at least occasionally anyway.

Wishing everyone all the best for 2018… keep smiling folks!

Cheers… Jim

About the Author

Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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