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This week’s forecast: Partly cloudy with a chance of Windows 10

The path to Windows 10 has been full of sunny skies for many companies right out of the gates. The operating system already stakes its claim to second place in the market based on desktop share by version. But what about the organizations that are happy with their earlier versions of Windows?

An OS upgrade just isn’t in the forecast for some companies whether Microsoft likes it or not. And it seems Microsoft does not like that. As a result, some Windows 10 storm clouds have rolled over a few organizations still using their non-Windows 10 umbrellas.

First of all, the OS automatically downloads itself on to some users’ computers when they perform a routine Windows update. Other times, a Windows Update will “recommend” that the user make the move to the new OS. That suggestion does not care who you are or what you are doing, just ask this poor weather woman:

Microsoft has even hidden Windows 10 advertisements in its security updates for Internet Explorer on Windows 7 and 8.1. Not only does the security patch include a Windows 10 ad generator that stamps a Windows 10 upgrade ad at the top of every new tab a user opens, but it also automatically installs a how-to guide on upgrading to Windows 10.

Just like an unwanted snow storm, Windows 10 inserts itself into users’ lives so it is important to keep that in mind as companies consider making the move to the new OS.

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