No, Microsoft, you choosing when my computer is not available to me is not okay.

“Working on updates. This will take a while.”

I get home from work, or wake up in the morning, or finish packing my suitcase, and get to my computer to wake it up from it’s slumber. The fans spin up and in seconds the screen turns on, and in a blink I’m back to my desktop to do whatever it is I intended to do.

Except that I’m not.

Instead of Windows giving me access to my own computer when I decide to use it, I’m greeted with incessantly rotating white blobs and an ominous message:

“Working on updates. This will take a while.”

Below is a percentage. 12 % complete.

If I need to access something on my computer in a hurry, this is not what I want to see.

The precise value of a computer that doesn’t work when you need it to. [Photo: Hariadhi, Wikimedia Commons]

When I need to print out that train ticket or flight itinerary, write a lengthy email in a hurry, submit a work against a deadline, or quickly check transport timetables as I’m getting ready to rush out the door, this is not okay. This is not acceptable.

36 %

It is also not okay for you to turn off my computer without permission or warning when I have unsaved work open on my PC.

54 %

Waiting for the minutes to go by. Hoping this is a quick update.

62 % … 91 %

Trying to remember if I had any unsaved files open or any unfinished tabs open in my browser that might not be recoverable.

Suddenly, progress.

“Getting things ready, please don’t turn off your PC.”

Still waiting.

If it wasn’t for this, I’d be a big fan of Windows 10. I honestly think it’s a great OS and a vast improvement over both Windows 7 and 8. Except for this.

Now I cannot recommend anyone to upgrade.

Half an hour after I nudged my mouse to power up my PC, I’m still waiting. Good thing I didn’t have a flight to miss today.