Going Back to Windows 7

I’ve started using Windows 10 around a year after its initial release. My previous OS was Win 7 and Win 10’s new UI took some time getting used to. I was overall impressed with it and everything went smoothly but things changed ever since major updates started coming out.

My Displeasure with Windows 10

For one, I felt that I was increasingly losing control over my own PC. I’m no longer in charge of what and when things change. I don’t have great internet connection and Windows just downloads what it wants, draining most of my data allocation for the entire month. Once my bandwidth cap is reached my ISP throttles the speed down. This is the only Plan I can afford so I have to suffer browsing the net like a caveman for the rest of the remaining month.

I was once able to delay the downloads til the start of the next month (When my net speed resets) by setting my connection as “Metered”. It seems Microsoft is working to get around that too similar to how users with “Defer Feature Updates” turned on still got the Creators Update.

Windows 10 Failed. Don't Turn Off.

Another thing is that the updates have become troublesome. Sometimes you’re in a hurry and you just need to shut down the computer but then a familiar message appears. “Getting Windows ready, don’t turn off your computer.” More often than not, it takes a long time to finish.

Turning on the computer was no different. There was recently a big update that was being applied so I wait for what seems like an eternity then boom! “We couldn’t complete the updates. Undoing changes. Don’t turn off your computer.” Then I wait again an equal amount of time for it to finish. The frequency that these failures occur has been increasing lately and it drove me close to the edge (Figuratively. Not the browser)

I’m not even gonna go over the telemetry issue. But what can you do? This is how Windows is now since they’re “A sErViCe AnD nO lOnGeR a PrOdUcT”.

Goodbye Windows 10, Hello Windows 7

I originally planned to go back to Windows XP since I know it inside and out and the dose of nostalgia is a plus. But then I thought that might be a little too extreme since it doesn’t get any security updates anymore. Bad news since I’m gonna be connected to the internet most of the time. So Windows 7 is the way to go since one can still control what and when to update.

And wouldn’t you know it, while I was about to install Win 7 and boot from the USB, Win 10 was somehow able to attempt the failed update again. Persistent little thing. “You don’t need to update anymore, we’re through!” I don’t know if I should find that annoying or funny. Maybe both.

Going back, there’s a couple of things I notice immediately. The good parts of Win 10 that I miss:

  • The detailed Task Manager was helpful in monitoring a lot of things.
  • The ability to pause file copy operations. Useful when copying thousands of files.
  • Fast startup feature. But only when it works. Like I mentioned, the updates messed this up.
  • UI changes. Though I’ll surely get used to the Windows 7 interface again.

But I won’t be going back. At least not anytime soon. With Windows 7, I experience stability, great compatibility with programs, no unnecessary bloatware (you know those sluggish “Apps” that you can’t uninstall), but most importantly I am in control again.

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  1. I agree with you about the inconvenient updates. I too have had the “in a hurry but now have to wait for updates to download” issue many times. And I have also encountered the “We couldn’t complete the updates. Undoing changes” even more on my laptop than desktop.

    I still have Windows 7 on my older desktop and laptop so I can still use it on those, I had always refused the free upgrade to 8 or 10 on those when offered.

    Are you not concerned when Windows ends security updates for 7 in January 2020? I was wondering about my older PC’s that have Windows 7 that I still use occasionally.

    1. Not really concerned about 2020; I’ll just cross the bridge when I get there. What I need is a hassle-free OS that I can be productive with right now.

  2. I tried to changed my OS to win10 multiple times, but whenever I do, I don’t feel the relaxation and ease on win 10, like I do on win 7. I did not like it. I love win 7. It runs smooth. Everything I need is there. So I would prefer to stay there. agree with you.

  3. I’m generally a Mac user, but I have a small PC laptop running Windows 10 to check web builds on PC browsers. Of course, one day it goes into one of its updates (an update which actually took all night!), and then the next time I turned it on it went through a lengthy routine of asking me to ‘accept’ all sorts of data nonsense…that I agreed to send data to Microsoft and all that guff. Of course I said ‘no, don’t accept’ to every question – I felt insulted; all they’re interested in is collecting your data, your usage, your habits, your preferences….. More and more I find myself shouting at the screen “Mind your own effing business!”

    Whilst the Mac platform is also constantly being ‘improved’ (very debatable), at least you are not openly forced into compliance. You will eventually find yourself being marginalised, as programmes and apps are “no longer supported”. But if you’ve got a good set of reliable tools which carry on working on your OSX, you can soldier on quite nicely.

    Windows horrifies me – it’s totalitarian!

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