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Thank You #Windows10 – Not!

My two cents

Thank you technical gods for the most trying week in my whole cyber life. Besides the numerous delays in my book launch with files flying back and forth all week, and WordPress blocking me all week from commenting on blogs, and then there was the day I was totally unable to get into my website, I’d really like to thank Windows 10 NOT! for sucking the last ounces of nerves and energy from me this weekend.

Thank you Windows 10 for trying to force-feed your incompatible updates on my poor, defenseless Windows 8.1 operating system ever since I fought you tooth and nail and didn’t allow you to install Windows 10 on that computer. You knew they weren’t compatible with my system but kept sending them anyway. I really appreciate the fact that you corrupted my computer and numerous files shoving your Windows 10 updates onto my Windows 8.1 computer, because you can’t be bothered sending updates for appropriate systems, bullying everyone to change over to your terrible new system. Needless to say, I’ve had no security updates for quite some time due to your negligence, resulting in corrupted and infected files infiltrating silently into my cyber home and workplace. Even my MalwareBytes and heavy-duty antivirus army couldn’t fight you off.


I also wanted to thank you for falling upon me Friday night and through the weekend, a time where I should have been working. I really enjoyed spending 48 hours searching Google, trying to find ‘Windows’ fixes for broken files, that wouldn’t work. I especially enjoyed the most useless pretend help from your master, Microsoft, who apparently, thinks they can push their way into places they’re not invited.


It was very lovely of you to try and push Windows 10 updates into an 8 operating system, so you can ruin computers, so people will have to go buy new ones – with Windows 10 no doubt. Surely that would alleviate any obligation you have to send appropriate updates to servers without Windows 10. By force-feeding Windows 10 down everybody’s throat, you wouldn’t have to come up with updates for every different system, like you used to do before you became the biggest skyjacking greed-monger in the cyber world. And that goes for you also taking over Windows Live Mail and making the most inconvenient email system I’ve ever had to use.


I particularly enjoyed spending Sunday from 9:30 am till 5:30 pm with a tech service I found who crawled inside my computer remotely after I exhausted all of your offered lame fixes from the internet. I also enjoyed paying $250 for this service, at this inopportune time when I’m paying editors, formatters and book designers. Oh, and thanks for making me miss out on going to Word On The Street, a Canadian bookfair I was looking forward to going to for months. Perhaps I was lucky my book files weren’t ready to publish yet so you could tear my last nerve having to spend the weekend with you. You made my week complete!


WordPress spam issues have nothing on you. You take the cake! But thanks for sharing all these life lessons I learned through all my findings. You made me realize how important it is that the next computer I ever buy will be a Mac.


Thank you!



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D.G. Kaye is a nonfiction/memoir writer, who writes from her own life experiences and self-medicates with a daily dose of humor.


  • marianbeaman

    I have a Mac but there are still problems. Just now I finished “chatting” with a WP Happiness Engineer. He said to clear all browsing data in Safari, the browser I use. Now I will try to reply via my WP account. I will “save” this comment, so I can come back and post via my Facebook account, your tip I found useful last week. 🙂

    So sorry to hear this heap of trouble happened to coincide with a launch. 🙁

  • marianbeaman

    Good news! This posted via WP, but I had to enter my email + WP password, first I suppose because I had cleared all data in Safari, including cookies. Best of luck to you resolving the snafus today, Debby!

  • Sue Dreamwalker

    Oh dear Debby, I so so sympathise with you dear friend.. I so know the upset and time taken.. Friday you say. Well now there is a coincidence.. It was Friday when I was shutting down my PC that I had an alert saying I needed to approve an update from Windows..
    I followed your advice when you said I could go into my Windows settings to alter to block updates..
    Which I did.. As you know this new PC does have W 10 and it was when it did its anniversary update it wiped out everything and crashed my new computer plus the new softwear I had installed such as Word, Excell, etc.. along with my security Anit
    virus softwear..
    Thankfully the place I bought it from sorted it out and after complaining re-installed my softwear back..

    In the end it downloaded and took one hour to update.. Checking everything when I turned it back on it took my printer scanner off, and I had a lot of trouble yesterday trying to sort it out to get it to recognise my printer.. I still do not know where the scanner icon has gone from my desk top..

    I am with you all the way at how these enforced updates are making us keep buying new pc’s can softwear.. My Visa never had a problem for 8 years and was fine until the hard drive gave in.. But I hear they are stopping updates for many of the older windows eventually, don’t know how true this is..
    Reading on line at complaints we are not the only ones by any means..

    Sorry to hear Debby you had all of this trouble.. I feel for you xxx xx

    • dgkaye

      Thanks for sharing your woes here Sue. I know what you went through because you shared your process before. I too have a newer Windows 10 laptop that came with the program, so I never upgraded to it. Ironically, I too started getting pop up messages there that my ‘print to scanner’ no longer works! I’ve been much too busy to even investigate that, as I work from my desktop and print from there. But I would be interested in if and when you get it working to let me know. This mayhem never seems to end with these bullying giants. <3

      • Sue Dreamwalker

        Glad I backtracked to see if you answered Debby as WP didn’t deliver your reply.. Grrrrrr- Gremlins lol
        Sigh.. no not yet have I found it.. I managed to get it to print, but after an hour of investigating as all I kept getting was the ding-dong noise from W10 notifying me of something yet no window box appearing..
        All Good Fun.. at the moment both with W10 and WP..
        Love to you Debby and now to read your recent post xx

        • dgkaye

          Thanks again Sue. I haven’t even come remotely close to checking out this issue yet. But when I do, I’ll be sure to share with you. For now, please keep checking spam, as it seems Weirdpress does like to still send me there occasionally 🙁 xoxo

  • John Maberry

    WOW! I’ll give you a 10 for this rant! I don’t like Windows 10 either but I haven’t had all the problems you have. My sympathy. It does get frustrating when you can’t get stuff done.

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    Wow, Debby, so sorry to hear and it’s sad to think these things seem to happen at critical times. Windows must have had a global update. My new surface pro and dell desktop run on 10 with few hitches, but yes, they are new ops systems. I will say, that yesterday, after my pro updated, a word doc I am prepping for my book launch this week, turned into word PAD, which faiI to save properly. I had to look up this anomaly and change my defaults. Ridiculous! I feel for yiu, nothing more frustrating and scary than computer problems.

    • dgkaye

      Thanks Terri. I also have my newer laptop Windows 10 Surface Pro. It took some getting used to, and I don’t even like the way the Word program functions there. I’m used to working with my book on Office 2007 on my desktop 8.1, so easier to manage. Windows 10 is a big pain, just like Vista was when it came out, I went straight from 7 to 8.1. It’s grueling when we’re trying to publish. 🙂

  • Jeri Walker (@JeriWB)

    I feel your pain. I did my Windows 10 update the day before the free download trial started. It went okay overall, but the first time I downloaded it early on and it was not a fun experience. It’s really disheartening that every operating system update causes strife for sooooooo many 🙁

  • Christy B

    Sorry to hear about these troubles, Deb, including the technical help you had to pay for (it’s not cheap!). I always say technology is great… until something goes wrong with it! Sending LOVE

  • Tina Frisco

    As you once said to me, Deb: “Holy crap! That was a novel!” And more like 99 cents, which MS deserves — and more. I’m still trying to find programs on my new comp. Windows 10 sucks, in more ways than one. Hope you got it all worked out. And congrats on P.S. I Forgive You going live. Kudos, girlfriend. It’s margarita time 🙂

    • dgkaye

      Yay T! Glad we’re soul sistering together on the Windows 10 too! LOL. And thanks for the kudos. I just posted it on FB, with the wrong URL, lol. Had to dash over and fix! I’m still working away on putting the new link everywhere (for the second time, because of course, I put the wrong link, lol) xo It never ends!!! xo

  • Hugh's Views and News

    I’m very pleased I’m not Bill Gates. I’ve been an iMac user since 2012 and love Apple and all their products, Debby. Yes, I have had a few problems but nothing like you have had with Windows 10. One tip if you do move to an iMac is not to use Safari when using WordPress. I had all sorts of problems with it and WordPress told me to download Chrome. I did what they said and (touch wood) had no further problems (apart from not being able to leave comments last week!).

    May you be internet problem free for next 50 years! ?

    • dgkaye

      Lol, thanks for the internet wishes Hugh. 🙂 Funny, I’ve heard from a few other Mac users about Safari not playing nice with Weirdpress. And oddly enough, I always use Chrome for my browser on all operating systems, including WordPress. Perhaps it plays nicer with Mac? Glad we are back to clear sailing (I hope I don’t jinx it, lol) xo 🙂

  • Annika Perry

    Feel for you, Debby. Such a hassle particularly when you are in the midst of a book launch! A whole weekend on this is madness…recently had a friend who had to take the computer to be fixed and was without it for a few days. Grrr…I’m suffering from email problems after having to change password for yahoo after hack (in 2014!! – really up on their security!). Now 20,000+ load all the time and no longer sync across devices…long phone call next week.

    • dgkaye

      I know Annika. So many are having tech issues across the board. I have Windows issues, gmail issues and had WordPress issues all rolled into one. I didn’t have time to take my computer in so I had a tech service go in remotely for 8 hours! 🙁

  • elainemansfield

    I haven’t made the switch. My son who runs a computer business and cares for my computer remotely is holding it off. He advised me to delay as long as possible and I’ve followed his advice. It’s hard to be creative when we’re wrestling with Microsoft. It could fry the nerves of a disciplined writer with deadlines. Cheering you on while I hold back.

    • dgkaye

      Oh I can attest to that Elaine. It put a dent into my publishing timeline, among other things. Just be careful that even though you didn’t download, it doesn’t try and stuff your computer with Windows 10 updates that don’t play nice with other operating systems. That’s what happened to me. 🙁 <3

      • elainemansfield

        My son disabled those updates. I got update requests throughout the day. They were insistent. Since David did his magic, they’re gone. He’s watching this whole thing for me, so I’m covered. Vic was a computer whiz (have to be when you teach physics in a university, but he loved computers) and so is my son.

  • Ann Fields

    OMG! I am so sorry to hear this…and at a time with deadlines pressing. I, too, have been considering the transition to Mac. I have two writing friends who are Mac users and don’t have nearly the problems I do with viruses. Keep us posted on the transition to Mac when it happens. I’d love to hear your experiences. I still have a few years before I have to make a decision as I just bought this laptop (a HP ProBook which I love) but totally not in love with the OS.

    • dgkaye

      Thanks Ann. I too just bought a new laptop last year that came pre-installed with Windows 10 so I hope it will be awhile until I buy another. In the meantime, I hope this system doesn’t keep giving me grief until I make the change. I always share my tech experiences whenever I find glitches to warn the masses, lol. 🙂

  • Deborah Jay

    Dear God! As if we don’t have enough to contend with in our lives already. I thoroughly resent wasting time fixing computer glitches (or paying someone else to do so), but you sound like you’ve had so much more than your share of it – you have my utmost sympathy.
    And I did laugh at your parting shot, though I’m sure you mean it!

    • dgkaye

      September was brutal! You know me, I have to add a sense of humour. I’m not rushing to buy anything new now, I’m still fighting with the Microsoft demons. But next purchase, I’m done! 🙂

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