This Person Wants Microsoft to Pay Him in Billions or Just Put Windows 7 Back on His Machine!


There have been a number of cases where people have been downright angry at Microsoft for pushing an unwanted Windows 10 copy on their Windows 7 systems, but no one has so far claimed they deserve a few million dollars for that annoyance - or waste of time, or loss of business, or all of it...

Meet Frank Dickman of New Mexico. This Windows 7 user has filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking damages not only from Microsoft but from Satya Nadella himself, as well. The complaint is centered on Dickman's Asus laptop which was updated from Windows 7 to Windows 10, in what is being called a civil rights violation in the lawsuit.

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The solution?

He either wants Nadella to pay up $600 million (yep it's in millions; the lawsuit added extra zero for more fun) or just put Windows 7 back on his machine. "The only sensible remedy is for Microsoft Corporation to supply the OEM version of its operating system by download from its website and confirmed by the key code which came with the computer," the filing reads (via the Reg).

"Failure of Microsoft Corporation and its CEO (Satya Nadella) to provide this function within thirty days of the provided summons should yield a payment from the two defendants to the plaintiff of a remedy... of six hundred million dollars."

Regardless of the hilarity that some are finding in this lawsuit, this case is yet another proof that no one likes forced updates or updates that break user machines. In his complaint, Dickman wrote that his Asus 54L "became non-functional immediately" after Windows 10 upgrade, which also removed "cached, or backup, version of Windows 7."

Apparently, he did contact Microsoft's customer care but was referred to Asus to replace the Windows 7 copy he had lost during the Windows 10 installation. However, he didn't want to contact Asus because the lawsuit suggests the "original supplier is untrustworthy." He adds that the only way he could be certain that a "quality Windows 7" is being supplied to him is if it comes from Microsoft directly.

While Dickman might not get much luck inside the courtroom, if you find yourself in the same boat, you can always go back to Windows 7 within 30 days of Windows 10 installation.

- More information on getting rid of Windows 10 is available over at Microsoft.