Overall, I am very pleased with Windows 10. There is one “feature” though that really irritates me – “irritates” might not be a strong enough word. Windows 10 controls the update experience and there is very little that I can do about it. The problem is that I am tired of losing work because of windows 10 automatic reboots.
At the end of the work day, I don’t log off my computer or close what I am working on. I will leave whatever I am working on open so that I can easily pick up where I left off the next day. However, when Windows 10 updates are applied that require a restart, my computer will reboot itself sometime in the middle of the night. When this happens whatever I have not saved is lost and the windows that I have open to help me pick up where I left off the previous day are closed.
This is a terrible experience, especially for a system that we expect to be reliable. To me having a built-in process that will cause me to lose work is unacceptable. I understand the reasoning behind forcing Windows 10 to be up-to-date. I get it. The user experience could be better. A few simple options can easily prevent the frustration users like me experience.
- When the computer needs to be restarted to install updates, let me know.
- Give me the ability to delay the updates for a few days.
- Never, just reboot the machine without the acknowledgement of the user.
Tell Microsoft What You Think
If you didn’t know, Windows 10 has a built-in feature that allows you to provide feedback to Microsoft. As the user community, it is important for us to let Microsoft know our real-world experience. I have created a feedback item about this particular problem. If you are a Windows 10 user, I am asking you to upvote the feedback issue that I have submitted. The more votes this item receives the more attention that it will hopefully receive from Microsoft. Please, if you are a Windows 10 user, click the button below to vote for this feedback item. When you click the button, it should launch the Windows Feedback app on your device. You may be asked to log in using you Microsoft Account. Once you seed the feedback item, click the button to upvote. Hopefully, Microsoft will listen.