Coming, ready or not – Windows 10, the operating system that wants to be wanted

If you were running a PC on Windows 7 through 8.1 a while back you may have become excited in the run-up to the release of Windows 10, what with the free upgrade and all.

If you were lucky, or persistent enough to cope with a multitude of problems, then you could have been among the early adopters who transmuted a reserved copy into the real deal at or soon after its release date.

Not everyone was so keen though – I myself only have Windows 10 installed on one of a few machines at my disposal because, well, being an earlier adopter with Microsoft is never a good idea, is it?

Especially with the new auto-updates and all.

I’d rather wait to upgrade the other machines in my house – my kids computers – because if there are any gremlins in the system then I’m the first and last line in tech support, a job that seemingly never ends as it is.

So, simple solution thought I – don’t even reserve a copy on their machines. After all, its going to be free for a year so plenty of time available to get it installed at a later date.

But…

“Dad, I’ve run out of room on my computer”.

Oh, that’s strange, I wonder why?

Ah…. a hidden directory named $Windows.~BT. Hmmm…. that sounds familiar…. I remember seeing that when I was messing around with my installation of Windows 10. Curious.

So why is there 4.2 GB of unwanted operating system on my daughter’s computer?

Oh, and hang on, why is it asking to be installed?

Curiosity may have killed the cat but in my house it’s a far more dangerous affair – now the kids want 10. And they want it now.

According to the Inquirer, Microsoft says it’s a deliberate thing – Windows 10 wants to be found, in much the same way a certain gold band felt a compulsion to be picked up after the fall of Isildur:

For individuals who have chosen to receive automatic updates through Windows Update, we help upgradable devices get ready for Windows 10 by downloading the files they’ll need if they decide to upgrade.

When the upgrade is ready, the customer will be prompted to install Windows 10 on the device.

Thanks a bunch Redmond!

Now I’m left with a difficult choice – do I say no to my kids (my daughter will socially engineer me away from that course of action unless I stand extremely resolute in the face of extreme cuteness mixed with a dash of petulance and a sprinkling of A-star drama ability) or do I say yes and open up the can of worms that surrounds the latest operating system and its propensity to mimic E.T. and phone home just about all of the time?

Decisions, decisions.

Either way, there is going to be a conversation about privacy in my house tonight (security has already been done to death).

How do you feel about Windows 10? Are you annoyed by the privacy settings, aggravated by the compulsory updates (or pleased about that) or frustrated about how it wants to force itself upon the unwary like the new kid in school who is desperate to make a new friend?

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