Is Microsoft getting pushy with Windows 11?

Here’s a dirty little secret network administrators don’t want you to know: When you say “something happened” on your computer, there’s a good chance we don’t believe you. You’ll swear you didn’t click anything, didn’t press a button, or did just this one thing. As jaded admins, we will agree that computers are evil and often do things spontaneously.

But many times, we’re convinced you did click on something and whatever happened was self-inflicted. Sure, we might just blame the issue on something Microsoft did — while thinking to ourselves, ”You really clicked on something.” (Often, it’s only when we can see what you are looking at on your computer system, or review log files, that we can really determine what happened.)

Then there are those times when enough people describe similar behaviors often enough that we really think something’s going on.

Case in point: Microsoft’s update behavior. Let’s start with Microsoft pushing KB5005463 — the PC Health Check Application — onto Windows 10 machines. It’s even being installed on PCs that don’t have the necessary processor to support Windows 11. To add insult to injury, the PC Health tool is not un-installable through the normal update history panel; you have to go through applications and features to find and remove it from your system. This isn’t an update being offered, it’s one that is very obviously being pushed. Given that most users are probably not running PCs that support Windows 11, the addition of the tool just rubs that fact in our face.

It just seems a bit, well, pushy.

Next are the interesting reports I’ve seen about Windows 11 getting installed on systems where a user didn’t approve the installation. (Yes, there have been cases where people signed up for the Microsoft insider program and Windows 11 was installed. It appears the user inadvertently approved the update. But in other cases, the Windows 11 install trigger is much less obvious.

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