So, I have this older computer. It is a Pentium 4, maxed out with 2GB of DDR1 memory and a GeForce AGP video card. I've had it since the Windows XP days.
I upgraded it a year back with a crucial SSD drive, and surprisingly it now runs Windows 10 Pro (32-bit) with decent speed and responsiveness, as long as you're only doing a few tasks. In our business, we mostly just use it for data entry in Excel, and it works fine for that.
The technical details don't really matter, I'm just trying to set the stage here for a question about Windows 10 in general (I may make a separate technical post re: my problem).
So a couple weeks ago I installed the Windows 10 Anniversary update to this older machine, and again, it surprisingly took it without a single problem. But just this past week, Microsoft released a cummulative update for Windows 10 v1607 and...
...now my machine won't boot anymore. Just to be sure, I wiped the drive and did a CLEAN install of Windows 10 Pro v1607 (Anniversary Edition). It runs great. But as soon as it downloads the first set of post-AE updates, I can't boot. It always takes me to startup repair.
So here's my question. Considering Windows 10 updates are now obligatory... what exactly is my recourse to deal with this situation? I guess I could go back down to Windows 7 or 8, but I actually have liked Windows 10 on this machine up until this point. I've been using it for more than a year. And yet it seems I can't use Windows 10 anymore. That is such a weird feeling in software land, to be given a piece of software that works, to be forced to update, and to have no way of going back.
My question is also to and about Microsoft. It seems to me that, considering that they've said that Windows 10 is "the last Windows", that if they continue to update Windows 10 indefinitely, eventually every computer will eventually be rendered inoperable by some future update. How and will Microsoft handle this responsibility to maintain the functionality of people's computers? I know there was a recent controversy with the AE disabling the functionality of many people's webcams, but at least their computers still boot.
My computer booted and ran Windows 10 just fine for more than a year. Now it can't. What do?