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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Microsoft Fined $10,000 for Automatic Software Installation

Microsoft Fined $10,000 for Automatic Software Installation

Microsoft Fined $10,000 for Automatic Software Installation

Added: Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2016
A Californian user has received $10,000 in compensation from Microsoft after Windows 10 tried and failed to install on her Windows 7 computer without her consent. The woman running a travel agency in California saw the automatic install of Windows 10 failing, which left her with an unstable and often unresponsive computer.


The woman first tried to fix the problem with Microsoft’s support and then sued the company for a new computer and loss of earnings in the amount of $10,000. Microsoft decided to drop an appeal to avoid further legal expenses. This particular case is just one of a long line of complaints against the software maker made after an increasingly aggressive roll out of its latest OS Windows 10, which is being offered as a free upgrade from Windows 7 or later. Initially, the upgrade was offered as optional, in which users had to express an interest.

However, Microsoft then changed its policy and made Windows 10 a “recommended update”, i.e. it started automatically downloading via Windows Update since February 2016. Right after that, Windows users started complaining that the new OS automatically started to install on their computers, sometimes resulting in hilarious interruptions to weather forecasts and pro-gaming sessions alike.

According to statistics, the forceful rollout of Windows 10 has angered users, but at the same time also boosted the numbers of Windows 10 users up to 270 million by the end of March. It was estimated at the moment that Window 10 was running on 17.5% of the worlds’ computers.

So far, it is unclear whether the $10,000 judgment will spawn further lawsuits over failed or forced Windows 10 installs.

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Date:  Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Comments (17) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2016-06-29 21:28:21)
No avatarI have windows 10 pro, no complaints, thank you Microsoft

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2016-06-29 23:29:55)
analogkid6103 avatarI ran XP until it was not supported and I will run 7 the same. My machines are not powerful and they dont want it thus I have not got any updates for awhile. I saw firsthand the results of underpowered machines getting forcefed an OS it was not capable of handling. It was bad,and then worse. By the time I take 10 who knows what they will be trying to force down our throats. Hopefully due to this they wont be. Wishful thinking huh?

posted by (2016-06-30 02:29:21)
No avatarMicrosoft was not fined. Instead, they had to pay out damages. There is a difference: If they were fined, we are talking about money going to the FCC or some fund to benefit telecom; They would have gotten a smack on the wrist, and it would be said and done, the fine would have been the punishment.

The fact that it was a settlement basically opens up the door for anyone that was upgraded on false pretenses, anyone who felt manhandled into upgrading, or anyone who was forced upgraded to also sue Microsoft, and there is now case history that shows that they are guilty as charged. Hopefully this will result in a class action suit along with numerous private lawsuits; I know companies that lost a lot of money during forced upgrades.

Appreciate the effort, SaM, just thought it was an important distinction to make.

posted by (2016-06-30 05:36:05)
No avatarJohnny420 I have an ASUS X99-A Mobo and for reason Microsoft thought it would be a great idea not have sleep mode work properly with my Mobo and Windows 10 and the retards at Microsoft are no help at all at solving this problem,all I can say is I'm glad it's working fine for you because for me and a lot of other it is not working fine.

You figure this should have been fixed months ago but instead Microsoft is more concerned about their market place and the money they hope to make off it rather then worrying about fxing the most basic feature like making sure a person can use sleep mode on their PC without any problems.

posted by (2016-06-30 07:21:54)
No avatarJohnny420 you are a rare cookie - no complaints! How long have you worked for them? well I think we all know now why W10 was given away - Microsoft obviously decided that there was more revenue to be made from on-screen advertising than in trying to compete against piracy in marketing W10. The adverts reached intolerably levels of intrusion and so I installed Chrome with Adblocker which worked a treat. However W10 updates have removed Adblocker on no less than FOUR occasions: clearly it is clearly an anathema to Microsoft. The struggle continues ......

posted by (2016-06-30 08:48:24)
bm777 avatarIt always boggles the mind why people rush to upgrade...Granted, most of the upgrades were basically forced and unwanted. However, if it works and it ain't broke, why break it?
XP is no longer supported..so what? If they haven't fixed it by now they never will..same thing applies to win7.

As long as you have a decent antivirus/firewall and a decent browser - firefox/chrome you are going to be OK. I stopped all win7 updates as of last year when they introduced all this crap about ET phone home.

Alternatively Linux offers a better way of doing things and it's free...If you play games then use Wine which will port windows games to linux..there ye go Arrr..arr..me mateys...

posted by ET junkieKitty (2016-06-30 09:43:02)
Selsley avatar270 million pcs x $10,000 damages is an aweful lot of damages should those who were force fed it decided to claim, if they force 1 they tried to force us all, if they pay one then they can pay us all, there might not be a court precident but microsoft admitted they were wrong by compentating the claim.
on many occasions i took ownership if that stupid adware/malware they installed and deleted the exe and folder from my computor. it seems if i get given a virus its illegal. also installing something that changes my homepage without my consent, but windows get away with changing a whole operating system. its time these hackers were put in jail

posted by (2016-06-30 13:14:32)
smck avatarAn absolutely warranted judgement against the corporate giant! WONDERFUL NEWS!!!

posted by Turtle (2016-06-30 13:33:22)
BaBaDapper avatarHa! I mentioned such a thing on a recent thread about Anti piracy group wanting to hijack browsers. It is good to see somewhere that the person 'hijacked' (because win 10 has also DL itself a few times on mine without consent) can then claim money because of it.

posted by (2016-06-30 19:07:03)
No avatarI had thought about doing the upgrade, but after looking at what was "new and improved" I didn't see any real benefits, and it seemed much more invasive to my privacy, and removing all the "updates" that is associated with W 10 turned into a chore all by itself. Microsoft may claim to own the software but they sure don't own the machine it's installed on.

posted by (2016-07-01 01:43:56)
blueyeshotmailcom avatarSince Microsoft came out with Pro version software at a reasonable rate I have always ran that version in my computer. I joined the beta testing program a few years ago and have ran multiple versions of windows on my computer, once as many as three different versions. I accepted my fate when I agreed to upgrade to Windows 10,. so I really don't have room to complain, but the one thing that amazes me to no end with Windows 10 is when you do get an error and if you follow the link to Microsoft, it no longer takes me,(I don't know about you) to their sales site. OMG, not one single error (and there have been many) takes me to their web page to locate the error and give possible solutions. My computer crapped out and they think I want to spend several thousand dollars to buy a notebook with windows 10 on it because its so great.. If I was smart, which apparently I am not, I would format and go back to Windows XP Pro. And iof I remember correctly there was an email sent out by Microsoft saying if you did not want the auto update, bla bla bla and you would not get it. Please correct me if I am wrong. And my theory on why they gave it away, was so they could corner the marker with all the millions of programs having to come to them to make their program work with the 270 million computers, and notebooks tablets and phones and on and on and on.. Hear the jingle of the coins...

posted by Kitty (2016-07-01 03:18:03)
Crash1 avatarIt all depends on how you set up your 'Automatic Updates'. ANYBODY who automatically installs all updates, or even 'Recommended Updates' is an absolute MORON.
I've got mine set to "MANUAL" start, and it's set to 'Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them', and I've never had an issue, since any 'Update' I'm unsure of I just deselect.
I usually only do an update check once a month, on the first Saturday, since that's all that's really needed for most personal PC's. (Businesses only really need to update once a week ... if that, since there's no real need for daily updates.)

posted by (2016-07-01 07:29:12)
No avatarThey hijacked my computer last night. I came in and I see a screen that saying my upgrade starts in 9 minutes. With a friggin countdown clock. F them. Thats bs. I nipped it in the bud once and for all with this. Look up GWX Contol Panel. NEVER use Windows 10 if you are torrenting. Built in leaks by design.

posted by (2016-07-01 08:29:33)
No avatarForced upgrades... It's all about spyware today! I miss the old days when a virus would just effect programs or crash computers. Everyone is after everyone's information these days from hackers to legit companies, to 3 letter alphabet organizations, etc. NSA can remotely access Windows 8, not sure about 10. Hacking WIFI, putting cameras into peoples homes, it all adds up. If your just an average user, your basically on a roast and don't stand a chance.

posted by Turtle (2016-07-01 09:09:29)
ReservoirDogs avatarNo problem i am on Mac OS X, and my phone is an iPhone (F-word for the FBI) : )

posted by (2016-07-01 12:20:52)
No avatari put win 10 on a while back
did setting myself so no crap
i dl from here no probs
and if you want it to look like win 7 there progs out ther to do this
killed off cortana as its a waste lol
i for one do not like change i stayed with xp as long as i could
same with win 7
fact is either learn to live with win 10 or dont have windows os
as for spyware/adware et is worse every time you click link pop ups and new advert pages pop up (get your act together et)
this account for chat and looking but chances are you have dled my work
so win 10 can be configured to suit yourself (might just take bit of googling or advice lol)

posted by Turtle (2016-07-01 20:30:41)
BaBaDapper avatarCrash @12 that isn't right. I always have updates as Notify me and Let Me Chose to paraphrase the OS blah. I always get Important Upgrades and IIRC they are Automatically ticked for DL. The other Optional updates are on a different page and are never highlighted. And thay usually have the important ones at the top of the list.

Win 10 got onto mine but some underhanded BS from MSFT. First it was on the Optional updates but it was ticked and at the very bottom of the list so was easy to miss even if you looked at the Optional ones for the headliners. So MSFT were really sneaky about this. I actually tried it and didn't like it so went back to Win 7 and Hid the Win 10 upgrade but then it decided to DL the whole thing again and again. I finally stopped it (nothing to do with Hide the update). That was all about 6 month ago. But surprise! Last time I checked for updates it tried to DL Win 10 yet again. Fk MSFT BS.

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