Perverted Windows 10 Rapes My Wife’s Computer Repeatedly

Rape is the only word for it. My wife’s computer is a Dell laptop running Windows 7. Windows 10, or at least the perverted “upgrade by force” so many of us are seeing these days, is a cyber world crime of the most violent sort.

Hyperbole, you say?

It’s understandable you might feel that way…if you haven’t been software-raped by the leering, lascivious thug known as Microsoft. If you’re a Windows 10 lover, fine; you’re the rapist’s wife, married to the cyber thug. You have to defend it by default, right? Fine. I get that. For the rest of us, however, the perspective is just a wee bit different.

Some months ago, Pam’s laptop started throwing “Upgrade to Windows 10 now” popups at her every time she turned on her computer. Since my redhead is severely ill, with dementia that appears to be progressing into the “sweet” stage–which is when an Alzheimer’s victim loses enough of her mind to let go of all the personal stuff before dying–anything that interferes with her hard-learned competence on that machine is evil by definition. She plays Hidden Object games, keeping her mind as functional as possible despite the fact that she mostly does a lot of chaotic clicking these days (and thus sticks to games that don’t penalize such activity). The popups alone were highly irritating, especially because after a while they didn’t have any place to click to shut them the hell up.

Stress. And stress for a physically ill, mentally ill, and half dead but devoted computer user is a bad thing.

Then it got worse. She never did authorize the Windows 10 “upgrade”. (What a joke, that word!) And yet, one morning she fired up her laptop…and the dirty rotten rapist was right in there, forcing its way where it did not belong.

NO MEANS NO, DAMMIT!

That time, since I had a lot on my plate and didn’t get around to checking out her computer problem for a while, Pammie actually found a phone number, called, and got a Microsoft tech who said he could walk her through reverting her computer’s OS (operating system) back to Windows 7 and setting something in her computer to block further rapes by Windows 10.

He did not use the term “rape”, of course. I paraphrase.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t home at the time and there was no way she could mentally handle anything like using the Recovery program to get back to Windows 7…let alone going into various sub menus on her computer (which neither of us wants her to attempt in her confusion). So, when I got home, she gave me a slip of paper with the phone number on it. I tried that. It was supposed to be a direct line to the tech who’d spoken with her. It wasn’t. How she got to the “good guy”, I have no idea. I never made it past the generic jerk version. Could be she got herself bucked up to a Supervisor with a clue and also some empathy; she’s good at that when she wants to be. In my case, I finally just hung up the phone, did a Google search, and changed Windows 10 back to Windows 7 for her.

Which (as many of you already know, having learned the hard way) was of course an extremely temporary fix at best. Every change (to or from the dreaded rapist Windows 10) kicked the screen resolution way down from its optimal setting, so that always had to be reset…and the thug was still right there, embedded in one of those earlier super sneaky, ultra arrogant “Important Updates” by the Bill Gates version of Frankenstein’s monster.

That’s it. There’s the right description. If Frankenstein’s monster had been a raging rapist, that would be Windows 10 as powered by Microsoft’s uber-aggressive “upgrade” campaign. Pitchforks and torches; where’s a good mob when you need one?

For some time after that first not-so-merry-go-round, we battled the continuing gropes of Pam’s computer by those Windows 10 popups. Then, a few mornings ago, slam-bam, thank you, Ma’am! Sure enough, Windows 10 forced its way between Dell’s legs and took over yet again. I could almost hear Dr. Doofenshmirtz from the Kim Possible cartoon show, practicing his evil villain laugh.

Sadly–I’m rather ashamed to admit this–I checked out the system and advised Pam to lay back and enjoy it. Windows 10 had messed with a few things, but it didn’t look that bad. We might as well submit to the rape and carry the bastard child to term.

That almost worked. If it had worked, you wouldn’t be reading this. But as time passed, Pammie kept telling me she “had no Internet”, sort of like a woman who’s been impregnated by rape “has no menstrual period” for a while. I thought she was mistaken. Stupid me. The Windows 10 rape had knocked out her Internet Explorer browser, so all her Dell had left was Google Chrome. I could call up a Google page, no sweat. Took me a while to realize that was all I could call up.

The next phase was horrifying. We had to abort the rapist’s child one more time. (Guess that makes Microsoft the rapist, Windows 10 being merely the monster child growing within the victim’s computer. I’ll get this right eventually.)

Okay, we know abortion is a testy issue. But we didn’t have any choice. Long story short, I eventually found out (it took much of the day on April 15 to do that)…if you “upgrade” from Windows 7 to Windows 10, WiFi cannot function at all. Since the only Internet connection for my wife’s computer comes from the WiFi router sitting on my desk in another room of the house, that is–as the Bill and Ted movie would declare–bogus!

All righty then. Back to Recovery. Back to Windows 7. No problem with that, as we weren’t anywhere near the one month limitation Microsoft put into the scam. This time, I did notice that on the way out of Windows 10, Microsoft wanted to know why we were going. For the first time, I used the word “rape” in my comments and, also for the first time, reminded them that NO MEANS NO!

Maybe they’re Russian and I should have said NYET!

A bit more online research (tons of us humans are cursing the rapist these days). Adjust Settings to Hide Notifications of the accursed “Upgrade to Windows 10 now!” so called Important Updates. Which probably won’t prevent the next rape, but at least we won’t have to deal with the endless screens gloating, “Gonna rape ya! Lay back and enjoy it! I are Microsoft and I can get away with anything! You know you want it! Nyah! Hah! Hah! Hah!”

Solutions? Most surefire solutions are drastic and impractical, such as swapping out the OS from Windows and going to Linux–which my ailing, failing wife could never master anyway. There is, however, one surefire option if I have to go that route in the end. It would mean changing computers entirely, but because of my aging E-machines desktop (purchased in 2010 and also running Windows 7), I’ve been fortunate to discover something magical.

Microsoft has never attempted to rape my computer with Windows 10. I began to wonder why, suspecting it might be because of the age of my beast.

And I was right.

In the interest of scientific curiosity, I actually attempted to “upgrade” my desktop computer to Windows 10 last night. This was a risky proposition, for sure, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do. I hoped to discover a clue or two before fully committing to the process…and by golly, did I ever. Windows 10 pouted in disappointment! Turns out it can’t rape my computer or even have a consensual relationship–because yes, the old beater’s display is incompatible with Windows 10.

What does that mean in the real world? Quite simply, if the Windows 10 rapes of my wife’s computer become so frequent and so invasive and so annoying that we just can’t take it any more, I will seek out a vendor of refurbished machines. Specifically, I’ll be asking these folks: Is your product old enough to look like a Neanderthal to Windows 10? Most of these sellers won’t have a clue what I’m talking about at first, but it only takes one.

Like I said, drastic solutions. The French Revolution, guillotine and all, would have been much simpler.

P.S. Sexual offenders, once they start acting out, never stop. Microsoft the rapist is a prime example of that. Just tonight, a new and moderately horrible popup blared onto my computer screen, announcing proudly that Microsoft will no longer let “websites” jack around with your homepage, sometimes changing it without your consent. So far, so good, right? Eh…not so much. That same popup provides only two options: Either accept MSN or Bing as your homepage, period. If you “X out” (I did, once), the popup simply comes right back at you in short order. I had to accept the rapist’s homepage “selection”, then go immediately into Internet Options and change the rapist’s baby back to my preferred Start Page for my homepage. Microsoft has been popping way too many male hormones.

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UPDATE: 5:07 a.m., April 16, 2016

I wasn’t able to let go of the problem after publishing this rant. Eventually, rooting around on Google and also on various Microsoft pages, I ended up on Live Chat with a Microsoft tech.

The trouble is, don’t ask me how on Earth I found the right page, because I just tried again and had no luck whatsoever. Maybe it’s because the sun is coming up shortly and I’m pretty much brain dead. In any event, Christina (also known as Tina) was amazingly helpful. I didn’t really want to tackle messing around in the Registry on Pam’s computer, but Tina took over (with my permission) and Disabled the GWX entry. She also promised to email me, “…if we can find a permanent solution.” She was empathetic, caring, and competent. Wow.

Bottom line? Microsoft is still a rapist. Windows 10 is still a Frankenstein forced-implant baby. But that doesn’t mean all the front line employees at Microsoft are as evil as the corporate policy itself. Some of them are, in fact, quite human.

14 thoughts on “Perverted Windows 10 Rapes My Wife’s Computer Repeatedly

  1. I feel for you, Ghost. I did upgrade to Win10 on the machines that would accept it, but that was due to issues with Win 7, Win 8.1 and Win8R… I only use Windows because I am not an Apple person and DOS doesn’t exist as a viable operating system any more.
    Win 7 is pretty stable, but my computer would act up regularly, so I decided to go the Win10 route, and I’m OK with it. At least it doesn’t lock up and give me the blue screen of death much… But my antivirus software seems to have taken classes at Microsoft. They are extremely invasive with the popups and ads (AVAST and iObit products) and I’m ready to uninstall them again (I share your opinion of being interrupted in the middle of typing by an unwanted popup).
    Windows was invasive and never played nice with non Microsoft products from the get-go. And I feel the same way about Google and their products: Google shamelessly collects all the data they can and then sell it (to marketers and even back to you), and they develop great applications that only work with the Chrome browser, which is a bummer.

    So, good luck with your anti-rape measures… mankind has followed a rule for ages: “Might makes right” and Microsoft (and Google) are among the mightiest.
    Oh, and as for Linux, I’ve tried using it a number of times and it is very very unfriendly and unflexible.
    Have you thought of going “Kindle Kids” for Pam? It would be a tablet (Fire HD?), touch screen, with limited options and practically no surprises because Amazon is very very strict.
    Good luck!…………….. Manny

  2. Thanks for commenting, Manny. I like Amazon a lot, but Kindle Kids would be a problem. Too small, and as far as we’re both concerned, touch screens “suck putty balls”. (One of the guys in our Army communications platoon had that as his favorite saying.) Pam has JUST mastered getting around in Windows 7 on her laptop; no way are we going to downsize from that.

    Glad Windows 10 is working for you. It’s just not for us, or for a few gazillion other users, for various reasons. (Example: Even if it would work on my 2010 E-machine desktop, some of the Windows 7 features such as Windows Media Player–that I do use extensively at times–would not be there.)

    Windows 7 has never given us any real problems, either on my computer or on Pam’s. As for antiviral programs, I’ve got AVG on both machines–Free version on mine, Paid on hers. Very few popups on hers. With the Free version, I get maybe 1 popup per session (at most) asking me (fairly gently) to consider an upgrade, but no more than that–and my sessions are usually 8 hours minimum, every night. So, AVG for antiviral, leave the Windows firewall in place (not using AVG for that), Malwarebytes (Free version) for spyware, and that’s it. Been using that combination since around 2010, after an online friend who knew what he was doing recommended both products.

  3. You would have to watch her games if she was upgraded anyway. Most of the older games will not work on Win10. They would all need to be upgraded and the game companies have not had the urge to upgrade their old games. Many of the newer games will not work on Win10 yet either. I am loath to upgrade too, for that reason. The laptop was upgraded, so that it can be used for Katy’s school. She takes it in to work on her papers sometimes and needed the new version of Office. That is what the school uses. I do not want to upgrade my Office right now. It is on the laptop, but not the desktop. I use AVG and Malwarebytes too, along with IObit. IObit keeps the registry cleaned up. With any download and deletion, cleaning up the registry is very important. I just watch the little smiley face and when it changes from blue, I push the run button. I don’t even have to clear the cookies all the time, it does it for me.

  4. Thanks, Becky. I hadn’t thought about the games needing to be upgraded. During those brief but ugly days when Windows 10 was running on her computer, she did play a couple of them successfully, but those happened to be some of the simplest games she’s got. Not a matter of “finding and fixing” stuff like a lot of them are, just finding yard sale items and the like.

    Never have used IObit. May have to check that out. 🙂

    Of considerable interest to me is the fact that my favorite auto repair shop is required by several major vehicle manufacturing companies to use Windows 7 for diagnostic software and tech bulletins. Next time I’m in, I’ll have to ask if they’ve had similar hassles on their business computers.

  5. This is scary, Ghost. I’ve been saying No to the Windows 10 pop-ups for a year now. I certainly don’t want it to wiggle it’s way into my system without my permission. How can I stop the pop-ups from coming?

  6. Sha, the Microsoft tech went into the Registry and renamed the GWX file “disable GWX”…but she did not guarantee that would work “forever”. (She also set the system to “Hide Notifications”, but of course that only prevents the pop-ups, not the forced installation.) Bottom line, none of that is a guarantee–although I will say we haven’t seen a single popup OR forced installation since the tech did her thing three days ago.

    Two things on the plus side:

    1. If you’ve succeeded in saying NO to this point, it’s quite possible you can keep doing that until the heat is off. No guarantee, just an educated guess. You’re skilled, but Pam…not so much. That is, she knows not to click on anything stupid, but with her dementia, she and I agree it’s altogether possible that she was successfully tricked by one of the popups.

    2. The most encouraging note is an article I found online that says Microsoft will be ending it’s “Free Upgrade” as of July 29, 2016–at which time they are most likely to ALSO stop hammering anti-tenners. (Cool term, “anti-tenners”, methinks. Although that’s probably just because I’m the one who coined it.) So, those of us who can manage to survive until August first are (probably) home free.

    If you decide to Hide Notifications, don’t ask me how it’s done. I did it once, before finally getting hold of a Microsoft tech, but have no memory whatsoever of HOW I did it. Googling around brought up a tutorial on the subject; I do remember that much.

  7. Initially the notifications were supposed to stop by the end of 2015. I have no desire to upgrade. I’m perfectly happy with Windows 7. I’ve heard mixed opinions on 10. Call me an anti-tenner (love it!). As I see it, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  8. According to what I’ve read, yes, the notifications were indeed supposed to stop by the end of 2015–but it looks like Microsoft was saying that before they realized Windows 10 acceptance was well below what they wanted, so they got nastier. I totally agree your last sentence. (If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.) Unfortunately, cyber sales types don’t see it that way; most of them would be out of jobs if they followed that rule.

  9. I’ve never been a serious computer user, but I’ve always disliked so-called upgrades from Windows. The programs consistently get less user-friendly and nice familiar interface features disappear to be replaced with bizarre annoyances. And pop-ups of most any kind are evil; I wish every pop-up had, besides a prominent red X, a “F-off” button. Someday maybe I’ll have two computers – one without internet running xp and the other mostly for internet. For now my brother takes care of the technical stuff on a shared computer. I asked him if the title of this post sounded about right, and he cracked up in the affirmative.

  10. Thanks for commenting, Leonid, and please do tell your brother I’m grinning over here, knowing he appreciated the title of the post. Sounds to me like you’ve got a most excellent plan for the future, too; running XP on a no-Internet computer is something I may do myself one of these days, now that you’ve given me the idea. Still have one laptop with XP on it, but the hard drive is dead at the moment. Psychic electrical energy wife got upset one day a few years ago (2009, I think it was) and zapped the poor thing with her potent mental storm bomb. I made the mistake of not shutting down when I realized she was (a) fired up, and (b) far too close to the computer for the machine’s safety.

    Only reason I haven’t abandoned Windows entirely is the simple fact that everything else out there is even worse. 😀

  11. It’s too bad your wife can’t control her energetic outbursts and scare Windows into obeying her. Unfortunately, it seems the machines are designed to be in control of us to some extent.

  12. I have to agree with that assessment, Leonid–not about my wife’s energy control so much, since her combination of failing health and impressive spiritual unfoldment have drastically reduced the outbursts these days, but the machines “designed to be in control” are no joke. I don’t really feel that’s true for me personally; despite my long nightly sessions on the computer (writing and researching and such), I can function perfectly well without any Cyber World interaction at all. But that’s just me, an old cowboy who grew up without a TV or phone in the home (we did have radio after we got electricity, AM only). I could function better than most in a post Zombie Armageddon world. It’s an entirely different internal universe for those who have never known a time without “devices”.

  13. I wholeheartedly agree that Microsoft is very dishonest. Long before Windows 10 existed I had numerous problems with automatic updates ruining my Windows 7 and Vista computers. They were so completely ruined by these so-called “updates” that I had to keep replacing the computers and/or wiping their hard drives after short periods of time and it wouldn’t work to disable the “updates” aka viruses.

    When I heard that Microsoft was going to stop supporting Windows XP, I jumped at the chance to finally live an “update” (virus) free life. I bought a refurbished XP laptop in 2013 in the hopes that when Microsoft stopped updating XP in 2014 (as they said they were going to do) I would finally be rid of their sabotage for good. Despite all the hype about the end of updates for XP computers, I actually still get them and it has now been over two years from when Microsoft was very clear that they were supposed to definitively end for XP. Nevertheless, my XP laptop works FAR better than any of the Vista or Windows 7 computers that I ever had. I planned ahead this time and bought a fully rugged industrial grade XP laptop capable of withstanding temperature extremes, being fully immersed in saltwater, being dropped repeatedly on concrete, etc. (which if I had bought it new and not refurbished would have cost over $5,000) so that I can be reasonably certain that it will stand the test of time (essentially not physically break due to normal wear and tear) and may endure until Microsoft eventually brings it upon themselves to make a viable product again (which seems extremely doubtful! But, theoretically anything is possible).

  14. Wow. Thanks for commenting. Your information on the refurbished XP laptops…that’s really good to know. I have one XP laptop, sitting on a bookshelf gathering dust, that my wife’s “electrical storm brain” blew up when she was upset one day, but until that happened, it was definitely the best workhorse I’d ever owned. So when the day comes that I need to buy another computer, I will definitely consider doing something like you did.

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