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That time a Windows 10 update alert ruined a live TV broadcast

Zach Epstein
April 28th, 2016 at 9:35 AM
Windows 10 Update

How annoyed do you get each and every time a little alert pops up on your Windows computer insisting that you install the latest available platform updates? Do you keep your cool and just dismiss it? Do you get a little miffed and take your frustrations out on your mouse? Or maybe you’re so tired of seeing these notifications that your blood begins to boil and you have to fight back the urge to break something.

Now imagine you’re reporting a weather forecast in the middle of a live TV broadcast when an alert pops up asking you to update…

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Via BetaNews, KCCI 8’s meteorologist Metinka Slater was reporting the weather on live television when the Windows-powered computer her station uses to power weather graphics took an unplanned detour. Just as she was discussing heavy amounts of rainfall across southwest Iowa, an alert popped up saying that the channel’s Windows computer wanted to install Windows 10. In the process, it covered her handy weather map graphics.

To Slater’s credit, she handled the curveball quite well. “Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 10… what should I do?” she asked sarcastically. “Ahhhh don’t you love when that pops up, huh?”

Microsoft has been pushing PC users with earlier Windows versions to update to Windows 10 in the hopes that they’ll forget the Windows 8 debacle ever happened, and it has been doing so using annoying pop-up alerts like this one. Windows 10 is a huge improvement and we certainly recommend the free update, but don’t worry, there’s a way to stop those bothersome upgrade alerts if you’re not quite ready to pull the trigger. Here you go, Metinka.

A video showing the blooper is embedded below.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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