Watch out, PC users! If you haven’t already, chances are you’ll be upgrading to Windows 10 whether you like it or not. Even if you try clicking that white X in the upper-right corner, you’ll give consent to start your upgrade. It’s part of a new update strategy to boost Windows 10 infiltration.
Some PC users and companies are angered by the interruptions the upgrade has caused. Here are five horror stories from people who received the automatic update at the seemingly worst possible moment.
1. During a live newscast.
Metinka Slater, a meteorologist for Iowa’s KCCI Channel 8, was reporting the day’s weather during a live broadcast when the Windows 10 upgrade notification appeared over the map behind her. Taken by surprise, Slater briefly found herself reporting on the software update rather than the forecasted rainfall.
2. During a nine-hour gaming marathon.
Many online gamers are complaining that the blue “window of doom” pop-ups have made their games unplayable and forced them to exit -- a major problem for competitive gamers like Erik Flom, who has a following of nearly 130,000. A forced installation caused Flom to panic, and his expletive-laden outrage was captured live on the video-streaming service Twitch. After facing the emotional distress of having to break during a nine-hour gaming marathon, Flom realized nothing could be done to stop the upgrade.
3. During a radio show.
Popular radio host Thom Hartmann’s server went offline when his system suddenly decided to upgrade in the middle of this show, interrupting his YouTube livestream.
Our youtube stream is down because the computer it runs out of is "automatically" updating to Windows 10 WITHOUT our permission. Grrrrrrr.— Thom Hartmann (@Thom_Hartmann) March 11, 2016
4. During final exams.
The update may even threaten students’ grades. With summer approaching, the last thing stressed-out students need is a delay as they scramble to finish final exams. A student complained on a Reddit forum that she got up from her desk for a couple of minutes and came back to find her PC in the middle of an update.
5. During a visit to the doctor.
On a more serious note, Windows 10 has presented some inconvenience in the workplace, even in one doctor’s office. A Reddit user reported: “I needed to set up my department’s bronchoscopy cart quickly for someone with some sick lungs… when I turned on the computer it had to do a Windows update.” Seriously, Microsoft?