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I can see an astronaut on the moon. One of his cylinders is empty. He needs to switch to the full air tank. He swipes his touch screen. Up pops the message that he must now upgrade to Windows 10. He is holding his breath. After a few minutes the screen displays the message "Windows was not upgraded to version 10. Rolling back."
He turns blue waiting for the reboot.
How about; then he wakes up, having dozed off in the simulator, and realizes it was all a dream; then he stares at his screen and realizes, it's just started to happen, for real. Then we get a look at his face, and it's Tom Hanks (or ??? -your fav actor-).
Seriously, I really did just wake up from a dream -for real- in which the 'dreaded Windows 10 updater' had just started to flash on Desktop, and I said to myself (in the dream), "But--I have Windows XP!" Then I woke up, and realized, I really do have Win XP (which is supposed to be immune/exempt from this).
That got me to thinking about it. I'm no programmer, but what if someone wrote a DC snack that created dummy files all with the names of the updates Win 10 updater looks for; then it sees the dummy files all neatly in place, and takes no further action? I suppose it would depend on two basic factors; how sophisticated is the updater, and how realistic would the dummy files have to be?
I kid you not; I really did dream what I said, and was I ever happy to wake up to my real world Win XP.