Awhile ago I was working with an National Instruments RFID analyzer scope.. the item cost $100,000. And the vendor that sold it my company had the boldness to have Windows 7 run all the licensed software equipment on the device.

The product however did work quite well. One day I came into the office and IT "UPGRADED" TO Windows 10 OVERNIGHT.
Effectively turning the equipment into the world's most expensive brick. Luckily for me, it was my last day in that position.. got a salaried position in engineering.

A couple months later an intern was assigned to fix it.. the licenses were messed up.. he eventually got it working again. Microsoft almost cost my company $100K without a second glance.

It all worked out in the end. :)

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    I would say IT broke it.

    When windows is used in appliances you should never upgrade without manufacturer approval.

    But you might like for firewall it behind 1 inch solid steel ;)

    Its not MS fault that the manufacturer chose a normal windows and upgrade from 7 to 10 is voluntary.

    We have seen the same with software for entry security systems but we walled it in behind its own firewall and require vpn to access it even on local lan.
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    Yeah, no one upgraded it as known. It just upgraded. I know they really pushed Windows 10. We should have kept internet disconnected completely.

    The vendor definitely didn't consider that possibility. Should have thought it through and disabled it.

    You're right, it's the vendor's fault more than Windows.
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    @rrmhearts yes

    At the very least the manufacturer should have disabled windows update and installed their own upgrade solution so that that could verify everything first.

    Drivers (which I presume are used in some form) have a tendency to require upgrades to.
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