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Night before last Microsoft decided to "upgrade" my Windows 10.

I've asked before; is there any way to disable this?

In the process they did something that now causes the attached to come about once a day.

What does this mean & how do I deal with it.

Thanks
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Question by:Richard Korts
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by:John Hurst
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Unless you have Windows 10 Enterprise, you cannot disable updates. You can defer installation for a short while but you cannot disable. That is a Microsoft Windows 10 Policy they published a (long) while back. They are not snooping.

You should do the updates
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by:pgm554
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Coming soon to W7(next month) ,all updates will become cumulative.
So if a single update busts something,you can't uninstall it.
M$ is looking to push you onto W10 by making your sysadmin life more miserable than it is now.
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by:John Hurst
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It is a Windows 10 computer, not Windows 7.
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by:Richard Korts
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What does the "Fix your account" mean?

Even if I want to do it, there is no clue how.

Remember when computers used to be (relatively) easy?

Remember when Microsoft could communicate clearly?
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by:John Hurst
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Is your Account local or is it a Microsoft Account?  The message wants a Microsoft Account.
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by:Richard Korts
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"Is your Account local or is it a Microsoft Account?" How can I know?

I did a lot of things (9 months ago) when I got this computer, I cannot remember all of them.
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by:John Hurst
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Do you sign in as "korts"  or "korts@someemail.com"
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by:pgm554
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>It is a Windows 10 computer, not Windows 7.
That's not my point.
He didn't want the upgrade ,but got it anyway.
Now he's asking questions to fix a broke install he didn't want in the first place.
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by:John Hurst
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It was a Windows 10 computer a while back (before July 29) not just now. The update Richard is referring to are Windows 10 updates.
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by:John Hurst
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You do need to make sure UAC is ON. It cannot be OFF anymore.
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016 earned 1200 total points
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> Looks like a bug in the update as other folks are reporting it too.

And here's another report:
repeating notification "you need to fix your microsoft account"

This is a really ugly problem!
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by:John Hurst
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It may be the type of computer. No issues at all on all the Lenovo computers - Desktop or Laptop, mine or clients. All are well.
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by:Richard Korts
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Yeah, just great, this is EXACTLY what I'm talking about.

The internet is the here, the now & the future.

But the way these mega companies are FORCING us into their mold is NOT acceptable. I am NOT talking about just Microsoft. Apple, Google & others.

We are NOT going in a good direction
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by:pgm554
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They don't care ,they don't have to anymore.

M$ should have been broken up a long time ago.

Now that they are no longer under a consent decree,it's all about the power and money.

I have been working with M$ since DOS 2.0 and their ethics are just that of above child molester.
I remember them sending me a questionnaire concerning of how I perceived the companies ethics.

Do they they "spy" on you?
I dunno ,but their telemetry clause when you accept terms of service comes awfully close.
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by:bigeven2002
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Yes Microsoft does spy on the users.  That is what Cortana is for.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
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> We are NOT going in a good direction

Lots of folks feel that way abut this W10 issue:
Windows 10 uses YOUR computer to help distribute itself
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by:Richard Korts
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Maybe they snuck in overnight & fixed it. I don't see it today.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
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Thanks for the update!
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by:Richard Korts
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Thanks Joe,

This is beyond the scope of this question, but when I said "We are NOT going in a good direction", I meant that in a larger context. Everything in software in general & on the web in particular is getting more complex & obtuse.

For example, the three short horizontal lines in the upper left or right of almost everything now. When that first began, I had no clue what that meant. There is no "primer" on web / internet "conventions", at least not that I know of. I discover what those lines meant by clicking, "oh, I see, a menu". What happened to the good old fashioned pull down menus? What was wrong with them?

That's one VERY minor example, but you get the gist.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
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Yes, I get the gist! I often find that change isn't always an improvement...sometimes it's change for the sake of change. I find that some product "upgrades" are really downgrades...witness the UI "upgrade" in W8.
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