Microsoft’s Naggy Windows 10 Upgrade Prompt Interrupts Meteorologist’s Weathercast
If you’re a Windows 7 or Windows 8 user that hasn’t yet upgraded to Windows 10, it stands to reason that you’ve been bombarded at some point to upgrade. Microsoft is really pushing its free upgrade to Windows 10 and is trying every trick in the book to get users to take advantage of its latest and greatest operating system.
However, at least for one meteorologist, the Windows 10 upgrade prompt came during an inopportune time — right in the middle of a live weathercast. Metinka Slater, a meteorologist with Des Moines CBS affiliate KCCI 8, was going about her business, giving viewers a rundown of the 12-hour rainfall totals in the area when a nagging Windows 10 upgrade screen popped up, just like it has for thousands (if not millions) of everyday Windows users.
But rather than get flustered or give into Microsoft’s demands, Slater laughed off the annoyance. “Ahh, Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 10. What should I do,” Slater joked. “Don't you love when that pops up?”
Just a few second later, Slater’s wireless clicker, which is used to advance the screen, stopped working. Naturally, she jokingly blamed Windows 10. “It’s the Windows 10, right? That’s what people are gonna say; DON’T DO IT!”
We’re glad that Slater was able to have some fun with this minor annoyance; other Windows users haven’t been so lucky. It was reported in early March that Microsoft was going way overboard by automatically upgrading Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers to Windows 10 without permission from customers. Reports confirming the occurrences were widely reported on the internet, but Microsoft would later deny that anything nefarious was going on.
Microsoft released a statement at the time, which read in part, “Customers continue to be fully in control of their devices, and can choose to not install the Windows 10 upgrade or remove the upgrade from Windows Update (WU) by changing the WU settings.”
So far, Windows 10 has been installed on over 270 million PCs globally.