Teaching with Windows 10

This summer I switched the school computers from Windows 7 to Windows 10 with the thought the kids should use what they are most likely to encounter in the “real” world.    In other words, I had good intentions.  It is an operating system, what could go wrong?  Zoiks.  The updates is what could go wrong.  I use mostly non-domain computers in my classes.  Loaner laptops the kids can take home or the kids use their own laptops.  Let it sit for a day or two, turn it on and there is an update downloading.  Some of the kids know how to turn off the auto-update feature, some do not.  I have tried to turn off the auto-update on the domain computers through Group Policy but for some odd reason it does not do to much.  This is one of those lovely unplanned things that can throw a class schedule off.  Today one of the kid’s loaners started an update when he turned it on at the beginning of class.  It was still cranking 90 minutes later.  He did not get much done.

Interruptions like this are in my programming assignment due-date planning.  All my due dates are “to be determined”.  Not a big deal but it can mess with the class progression and it does throw off the kid’s “flow”.

Automatic updates should never be the default.  They should not be weekly.

Techs all over the state are complaining about this feature of Windows 10.  Labs being useless while Windows 10 updates take over.

I like Windows 10.  I just wish Microsoft had written it right the first time so they do not have to keep updating it.  Or at least cut the updates to once a month.

The obvious solution is to have a WSUS server so the updates are not acquired by the client computers from the internet but from the WSUS server and the WSUS server is scheduled to hand out the updates at a convenient time, like midnight on Saturday.  Building a WSUS server is one of those little tasks I have not had the time to learn how to do.


2 Responses to “Teaching with Windows 10”

  1. Mike Zamansky (@zamansky) Says:

    Had a similar problem on a classroom Ubuntu install when they had their “spyware” default – when you searched for a program in the “finder” it also searched for books / videos / movies online with those words — killed our network until we removed the bloatware

  2. gasstationwithoutpumps Says:

    The semi-forced install of Windows 10 from Windows 8 (where you had to click a tiny “no” to avoid the several-hour install) was a similar disaster for classroom use of Windows.

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