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Woman wins $10k settlement with Microsoft over forced Windows 10 upgrade

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A business woman in California has won $10,000 in settlement with Microsoft, after she filed a lawsuit for automatically updating her business computer to Windows 10, making it slow and hard to use.

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Teri Goldstein of Sausalito, had filed a suit, stating that the computer at her travel agency business tried to download the upgrade without her consent few days after Microsoft launched it back in July 2015, The Seattle Times reported.

The update failed, but her computer slowed to a crawl, crashing at times and becoming unusable for days at a time.

Goldstein then tried to reach Microsoft's customer support department, but couldn't fix the problem, that prompted her to take the software giant to court. She fought for compensation for lost wages and to cover the cost of a new computer.

The judge decided to favor Goldstein, a earned a $10,000 judgment, after Microsoft decided not to appeal, despite denying any wrongdoing. A Microsoft representative reportedly stated that the company didn't want to take the legal battle any further to avoid the expense of further litigation.

People were concerned about several privacy concerns as well, following which Canada and Russia decided to launch an investigation whether Windows 10 was stealing user data.

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