Got a clients machine to work on yesterday. turned out to be two things. 1 - issue with the AV stopping networking. Uninstall , reinstall. No issues.
2. Windows 10 trying to install itself over Windows 7. as part of the latest round of updates. Say what???
We put GWX Control panel on a lot of Win7 machines to ensure Win10 didn't automatically install onto Win 7 machines for clients. I started removing it a month ago on clean ups - shouldn't be required any mre..right? Wrong!!!
Windows 10 - as of today, is still trying to muscle in and replace Windows 7 operating systems. See image below taken this morning. GWX control panel will be staying on my win 7 machines indefinitely.
On another side note - Last three Acer Pcs and laptop purchased with Win 10 have run at 100% for 24 - 48 hours. disk maxed out as windows 10 installs 2016, 2017 and 2018 cumulative updates. Over 7.3 GB data used by one PC yesterday alone and the installed Win10 image installed by Acer removed (Windows.old folder with 25 - 32GB of data in it). Acer needs to update its images for laptops and desktops. windows 10 is still a fricking disaster IMHO - with updates wreaking firewall settings (cant remote in and have to visit physically) and Windows Defender firewall killing ICMP packets on private networks rendering ping checks on if a machine is up or down unusable as well as huge updates.
These updates aren't updates, they are a whole new OS - and MS has admitted as much with responsibility for compatibility falling on hardware vendors. Windows 10 is not the last Os they make its just coz they are too lazy to admit they have made Windows 11 and Windows 12 - calling by a version number instead.