Windows 10 debuted a little over 8 months ago, leaving less than 4
months for you to upgrade your Windows 7 or 8 system to Windows 10 free
of charge. The exact cutoff date is July 29, 2016. But even if you have
decided to stick with one of the older Windows versions, you may soon
wake up in the morning to find Windows 10 has taken its place. Here's
what you need to know...
No surprise, here.
How do you *know* what OS a machine is running?
Based on an examination of the desktop? (if I put a Windows95 desktop on your
machine, would that convince you that it was running W95?)
Based on what "My Computer | Properties" claims? (so, if I LIE and tell you
it's 7even, will you believe me?)
Most users are clueless as to what's happening under the hood. And, damn
near powerless to do anything about it!
That's why god created lemmings...
If that one has provisions to update itself, then all
bets are off -- unless you never let it talk to
And, as you have no control over the codebase (on most
commercial OS's), you don't know if it might decide
to stop working if it finds this update process impaired!
(of course, that would be FOR YOUR PROTECTION! :> )
"Never trust an operating system you don't have sources for"
My point was that the user interface is the only thing that folks
see. I could layer anything atop 10 (or 27!) and make it look
like <whatever> -- and you be none the wiser.
I.e., you have no idea what's happening under the hood. No idea
what network traffic is being created (or, *deferred* for a later
So, no way of knowing if that 7even box is actually W10 guts with
a 7even GUI layered atop it.
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