Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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Res Ipsa Loquitur


According to a civil complaint filed last week on February 14, Frank K. Dickman Jr. of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is suing Microsoft because of a botched forced Windows 10 upgrade.

"I own a ASUS 54L laptop computer which has an OEM license for Windows Version 7," Dickman's claim reads. "The computer was upgraded to Windows Version 10 and became non-functional immediately. The upgrade deleted the cached, or backup, version of Windows 7."

Dickman says that the laptop's original OEM vendor is "untrustworthy," hence, he cannot obtain a legitimate copy of Windows 7 to downgrade his laptop.

Attempts to obtain a new Windows 7 version from Microsoft have failed, per the plaintiff's claim.

"Microsoft Corporation refuses to replace their licensed Operating system for this laptop and requires that the computer vendor replace it," the lawsuit reads.

Dickman wants Microsoft to provide a "the OEM version of its [Windows 7] operating system" for download via its official website so he can download and install it on his bricked laptop.

The angry plaintiff wants a judge to force Microsoft to comply with his request in 30 days or pay up $600 million in damages— albeit the judge may interpret the damages as $6 billion due to a redaction error, as the complaint reads "$6,000,000,000.00 (six hundred million dollars)."

Past legal woes surrounding Microsoft forced upgrades

Dickman's legal endeavor may fall flat on its face, but he's not the only one suing the company. In March 2017, several users filed a lawsuit —seeking class-action status— against Microsoft, also soliciting monetary damages after suffering botched Windows7-to-Windows10 forced upgrades that left many unable to use their computers.

Microsoft's questionable forced Windows 10 upgrade practice has also gotten the company in trouble with German authorities, but the company avoided any penalties after it reached an agreement to stop forced upgrades, at least in Germany.

Poll:  The collective support among Microsoft customers for Dickman's effort is
  1. 100%
  2. 99%
  3. 97%


Anonymous said...

1 I have had my HP laptop shit the bed - the processor cooked. I hate Windows 10 and will resist all attempts to upgrade any more of my machines to this miserable pos


Ralph Gizzip said...

Fuck Microshit!
Linux MINT, baby!
Free, open source all the way!

oy vey ole' said...

Uh oh!

Eskyman said...

LOL, that "Uh oh!" is comedy gold- well, if you hate the Air Force, anyway.

“The Windows 10 migration is critical to Air Force readiness,” said Lt. Col. Brian Snyder, Windows 10 lead action officer, cyberspace strategy and policy.
“It introduces a number of new security features; making it the most secure Windows version to date."

Back when I was in the USAF, we didn't have any "Windows 10 lead action officers" that I can recall. Don't know how we managed!

My HP laptop, which ran fine under Win7, is now as secure as Fort Knox, maybe even more so: it don't work, since it was "upgraded" to Win10, so nothing gets in or out. Can't get any more secure than that!

Of course it can't be used, but that's a minor glitch!

MAX Redline said...

Wah! Wah! Wah Wah! Damn, your commenters are stupid. I use Windows, and Linux, on a relatively large network. Never had a problem with laptops, desktops, or netbooks - but then, I actually know what I'm doing.

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