Timed release

I had this desktop custom built about four years ago; it runs Windows 7 Home Premium, and how it differs from every other version of Windows 7, I couldn’t tell you.

I can, however, tell you this: about every fourth Tuesday, Microsoft serves up a plateful of updates and then pesters me until I restart. If I let it do its thing, the “Logging off” screen appears, and the little percentage indicator comes on. It gets to 30, always 30, and then shuts down. One power-up self-test later, you get the cute little Win7 light show, and the numbers start again at, yes, 30. I figure this is purely arbitrary, but I may never know for sure, especially since Microsoft says it will quit supporting Win7 after the first of the year. I have already downloaded a Windows 10 install and paid for a license. (Please don’t ask me which version.)


  1. McGehee »

    9 July 2019 · 11:03 pm

    I have Win10.

    30% is where my system does its mid-update reboot too.

  2. Joe Mack »

    10 July 2019 · 12:20 am

    Can’t they bring back XP with all the fixin’s and sell it again?
    I’d buy it.

  3. Brian J. »

    10 July 2019 · 8:07 am

    I hope you’re keeping current updates for increasingly shrill notifications that Windows 7 will no longer be supported soon.

  4. fillyjonk »

    10 July 2019 · 9:19 am

    I second the “why can’t we have a Retro XP OS?” question.

  5. CGHill »

    10 July 2019 · 9:33 pm

    We had an XP box running in the shadows as late as early 2019. Microsoft was getting downright snippy about it.

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