Okay fellow Watchtower Library and JW App users, like me when you read the announcement of Microsoft making the change from Windows 10 to Windows DaaS for personal home use and you looked at your Windows 10 based tablet and felt, well anger. As I have mentioned in this blog before all members of my family use Windows 10 Tablets. They are great for offline use of the Watchtower Library and the JW App. You can research in the Watchtower Library, highlight, choose “copy with caption” and past the note directly into the JW App Study Bible WITH the reference, it’s way awesome. But all that is about to change.
First let’s cover what will happen.
Microsoft is going to make the change, we have to accept it. If you want to continue to use a Windows 10 based tablet you will have to submit to paying the monthly fee. If you choose to pay the monthly fee, then the only other issues is will the device work without an active Internet connection? Most of us carry our tablets in Service and most of the time have no Internet connection. Reportable Windows DaaS will work like Office 360, offline with checking the Internet when it can. Let’s hope.
Reality is fact that most of us simply can’t afford the monthly fee, then in the EU there is the concern of GDPR. So what will happen? If you do not pay the monthly fee your device will NOT work. You WILL NOT be able to “just use this or that”. Without paying the monthly fee to use the Operating System you simply CAN’T use anything that runs on the Operating System. The monthly fee is the key to unlock the ability to use your device. So you can’t use it for ANYTHING.
You do realize you bought and paid for the device that you can no longer use!
Sadly no monthly fee, no Windows 10 based tablet and no Watchtower Library or JW App.
So what to do?
I will share what we are doing.
1) I canceled my Office 360 account and OneDrive account, I can’t support a company that is going is such a direction. I am moving all my OneDrive content to my GoogleDrive.
2) Get on eBay and find a solid, powerful laptop running Windows 7 with the recovery OS Disc. You will need the Windows 7 system to install the Watchtower Library on.
3) Buy an Android or Apple Tablet and start learning.
That’s the only options. My son and I were talking about hacking the W10 registry and stopping the future update, but he suggested that Microsoft may have considered that and already installed a “kill command or switch”. I think that is likely.
If you purchase a Windows 7 laptop use this as a checklist.
1) If it is an OEM system make 100% sure you have the physical reinstall disc for the OS.
2) If not then find a “RETAIL” copy that has never been installed. Be careful buying OS’s on eBay it is littered with fakes.
3) Hardware, get a laptop with some power. As the day approaches finding systems that run Windows 7 will get harder and cost more.
4) After January 2020 use extreme caution when connecting the Windows 7 system to the Internet. Of course you will need to get Watchtower Library updates, but avoid surfing the Internet. Without security updates you become a target.