A funny thing happened the other day when I glanced down at the taskbar to see the notification that the system needed to restart. The only real difference was the dot was blue instead of the usual yellow/orange.
What it actually turned out to be was a restart notification to upgrade Windows 10 to 11! There were probably multiple opportunities to decline after that, but I wouldn’t know as I chose the option to stick with Windows 10 because of software considerations.
I don’t know why this tactic surprises me since the new Microsoft is starting to look a bit like the old Microsoft that ran afoul of U.S. regulators in the 1990s. They know Windows 10 is fatally flawed as an OS. So much so that Windows 11, the version that was never supposed to be, was thrust upon us.
I’m not an OS upgrade denier. In fact, I usually upgrade an OS as soon as possible and that is the case now. It’s just not possible to do so at this moment. I would love to wash my hands of the unreliable Windows 10 version which by the way, I embraced in its early form. Before we realized how riddled it was with upgrade problems for segments of the userbase.
I also know that some people find Windows 10 to be as reliable as any version of the OS. It works for them on a daily basis, and they don’t want to give it up just yet. Plus, some prefer to let an OS mature a bit before upgrading.
I mean, after all, most of us did survive Windows ME to get to this point and even Vista wasn’t that bad for me. My experience the past few years has been unreliable upgrades that have trashed or even bricked some of my systems. These are not white boxes either but rather HP Omen or Dell XPS mainline, common, systems.
Like a lot of people reading this I have tons of 3D software that can be finicky at times and until I’m sure that Windows 11 is compatible with all that software, I simply don’t upgrade. It’s generally within the second to the third year since the release of the OS, before I am in a safe position to do so.
While Microsoft wasn’t exactly lurking around a dark corner with candy, this method of upgrade smacks of “let’s sneak it in if we can”. Can you imagine finding your computer upgraded to Windows 11 the next morning?
And speaking of the “next morning” I have written more than one article about going to bed at night with a functioning computer only to wake up to a brick or a refusal to boot the next morning after an overnight upgrade. I’ve come to be more than leery of the Microsoft version of the “Morning After” as it were.
Again, I’m sure there were multiple opportunities to know it was an upgrade to Windows 11 and some readers are looking for just that. Not everyone has to wait and some jump on each OS as it is released while some are early adopters through Microsoft’s insider programs. We need to be thankful for the effort they put into such things to keep us from having to go through the bugs and glitches of the earlier dev version.
Next time you glance down at your taskbar, and something seems off… make sure it’s not the blue dotted restart icon that leads to the Win 11 upgrade if you want to hang onto 10 for a while longer.
M.D. McCallum, aka WarLord, is an international award-winning commercial graphics artist, 3D animator, published author, project director, and webmaster with a freelance career that spans over 20 years. Now retired, M.D. is currently working part-time on writing and select character development projects. You can learn more about MD on his website.