Unless Microsoft finds a compelling set of reasons to encourage upgrades, it risks Windows 7 going the same way as Windows XP and becoming an operating system that just won’t die. That could become a real headache for Microsoft if it happens.
Microsoft has quietly fixed a software update it released last week, which effectively prevented Windows 10 users from connecting to the Internet or joining a local network.
If there are certain aspects of Windows 10 you don’t like you may be able to change them using a registry hack or adjusting settings in the Group Policy Editor. The Group Policy Editor is available in all professional editions of the operating system, but not Home.
Initially, Microsoft let people download full copies of the installer using the Media Creation Tool (MCT). Media produced with the MCT can be used to perform both upgrades and clean installations, and it’s especially convenient when updating multiple systems, as it ensures that only a single download is required. But the version 1511 MCT has been removed, and replaced with the original July version. Systems can still be upgraded to the November update, but direct installation is no longer possible. Instead, the original RTM version must be installed, and the upgrade to 1511 performed through Windows Update.