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Woman wins $10 000 over forced Windows 10 update

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Windows 10 is a little pushy. Not the operating system itself, mind you – but rather the upgrade to Windows 10. If you’ve tried to stay on Windows 7 or 8 you’ll likely have been prompted to upgrade to Microsoft’s latest operating system at some point. Perhaps you’ll even have switched your PC on to find that the upgrade’s just happened without your input or even knowledge.

That’s what happened to Teri Goldstein, of Sausalito, California. Instead of just accepting her new Windows 10 overlord though, she sued Microsoft after a failed Windows 10 upgrade left her business computer performing poorly, prone to crashing, and unusable for days at a time. She tried dealing with Microsoft Windows support to resolve her issues, but they failed to do so – so she sued.

“Nobody ever asked me if I wanted to update,” said Goldstein, who claims that before the update befuddled her machine that she “had never heard of Windows 10.”

Microsoft appealed, but dropped it all to avoid extended litigation fees and settled – so Mrs Goldstein is now $10 000 richer; a sum she says makes up for loss of income and a new computer.

According to The Seattle Times:

“The company denies wrongdoing, and a spokeswoman said Microsoft halted its appeal to avoid the expense of further litigation.”

While $10 000 is close to nothing for Microsoft, I fear that it’ll spur a wave of copycat suits from people out to make a quick buck.

Right now, Windows 10 is free to those running legitimate copies of Windows 7 or higher. I upgraded as soon as I could, and haven’t really looked back. If, however, you’re one of those people still biding your time, you don’t have too long left. Next month, if you wish to upgrade to Windows 10 you’ll actually have to pay for it.

If you’re planning on taking advantage of DirectX 12 (and the shiny new GTX 1080 or R480X that’ll soon take residence in one of your PCIe slots) you’ll need to switch to Windows 10. You may as well do it now, while it’s free.

Last Updated: June 28, 2016

22 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

    June 28, 2016 at 11:34

    I’ll go to W10 ONLY once the RX480 is nice and comfy inside my PC

    Reply

    • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

      June 28, 2016 at 11:37

      Well if you still want it for free, then you have a month to go.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

        June 28, 2016 at 11:51

        Meh, will use my corporate license for that, seeing as I work remotely….sometimes

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        • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

          June 28, 2016 at 11:54

          lolz….. MSDN subscription for the Win 🙂
          getting all my new Software from there

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          • Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

            June 28, 2016 at 12:01

            Yes, for the WINdows 😛

      • Spy Master Tokashi

        June 28, 2016 at 17:03

        Windows will always be free for some people 😉

        Reply

    • Yondaime

      June 28, 2016 at 12:40

      RX480 FTW!

      Reply

    • Spy Master Tokashi

      June 28, 2016 at 17:02

      For some reason, I have read.

      I will go to W10 only once the RX480 is nice and comfy inside me…

      SIGH.. i was like wtf that is a bit too big to push in even if you use spit

      Reply

  2. Ottokie

    June 28, 2016 at 11:44

    • Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

      June 28, 2016 at 11:52

      ^^^^^^^^^^^

      Reply

  3. GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

    June 28, 2016 at 11:44

    I call BS.
    When you set the Automatic Updates in your PC to Automatically install Updates for you, then you will get the recommended updates installed for you. aaaaand Windows 10 is a recommended update

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    • BakedBagel

      June 28, 2016 at 11:48

      It may not relate to the article, but there are stories out there of Win10 updating itself / win10 installation happening even when updates are off.

      I had to specifically deny the update package in my windows updates to never see the win10 update again. D:<

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      June 28, 2016 at 11:48

      Some people can’t even set a table

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    • HvR

      June 28, 2016 at 13:41

      Conceding to accept updates for current OS is DEFINITELY NOT THE SAME as accepting new OS which can have a crap load of consequences.

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  4. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    June 28, 2016 at 11:48

    So MS paid someone $10 000 to upgrade to Win10?
    http://www.reactiongifs.com/r/giphy-9.gif

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  5. Ottokie

    June 28, 2016 at 11:51

    • BakedBagel

      June 28, 2016 at 12:00

      so 8.1 😛

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      • Ottokie

        June 28, 2016 at 12:02

        Do these people even know how to count to 10? xD

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        • Deceased

          June 28, 2016 at 12:17

          Interesting fact – it seems the more complex the software gets, the less likely the developers are able to count…

          Microsoft: … WinXP, WinVista, Win7, Win8, Win10
          Valve: HL, HL2 ( empty-space for HL3 ) … L4D, L4D2 ( empty-space for L4D3 )

          Coincidence – I think not!!!

          ( EDIT: I’m sorry Oh Mighty Lord Gaben, I only jest – please don’t send another sale directly after this one 🙁 My wallet is plotting my murder )

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  6. Deceased

    June 28, 2016 at 12:13

    Still on Win7 – switched off my auto-updates and have been running a stable gaming system ever since 🙂
    Will probably get Win10 at some point – I don’t mind that it would cost cash-moneys – I’ve just kind of learned my lesson with Microsoft and their auto-updates 😐

    Side note – DX12 games are still toooo far down my backlog, so there’s no real rush on that front for me O.o

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  7. iusedtobe(a)regular

    June 28, 2016 at 12:44

    Windows 10 doesnt really offer me anything more than 7 except for the fact that you cant disable automatic updates which is BS.

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  8. DragonSpirit009

    June 28, 2016 at 14:59

    If I get a new PC or laptop then fine… Bring on Windows 10. But I don’t want to update cause I’m happy with my laptop as is I don’t want something too mess it up.

    Reply

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