Lovely. Microsoft has made mistakes in the past but lately it's like a hit of the week. Even an old Windows IT guy like me is starting to think it might be time to jump ship.
I've been feeling that way for a while.... jumping ship, that is. I didn't want Win 10 in any way, shape or form, doing everything I could to avoid it, but one night after shutdown I had it foisted upon me during 'Scheduled Maintenance'. You can imagine my shock, horror, going to bed with Win 8.1 installed and waking to Win 10... with no way to roll back as my recovery partition was wiped. Then, to add insult to injury, MS kept rubbing salt into the wound by borking my HP 2-in-1 with unnecessary, unwanted driver updates for hardware I didn't even have installed. Thing is, if you find a way to block Windows Update downloading and installing unwanted updates, MS just circumvents your preferences by downloading and installing those updates during the night, even when the machine is turned off. Yup, they can wake it remotely if your internet is on/connected. I've taken to shutting mine off when I shut down my machines for the night, being scheduled Maintenance is currently set to begin at 3.00am. I do expect, though, that MS will reschedule for daytime start just to piss me off with crap I neither need or want.
Now I like Win 10 better than when if was first released, now that I've tweaked it more to my liking and needs, but I don't trust MS to not tamper with my preferences to further its ideals. I will continue to tweak things to my liking, but I think it is inevitable that Win 10 will become a subscription OS and charge users monthly fees to access their own machines. When that happens I WILL jump the Windows ship on this machine and use one of the Linux distros I've been looking into. I currently have Win 8.1 on my other 3 machines, and with use that until support for it ends. By then I will have learnt enough about Linux to just swap over to that when the time comes.