[SNEAKY] Microsoft is Pushing Windows 10 Hard
Windows 10 debuted a little over 8 months ago, leaving less than 4 months for you to upgrade your Windows 7 or 8 system to Windows 10 free of charge. The exact cutoff date is July 29, 2016. But even if you have decided to stick with one of the older Windows versions, you may soon wake up in the morning to find Windows 10 has taken its place. Here's what you need to know...
Microsoft Getting Sneaky With Windows 10 Upgrades
It seems Microsoft is silently reaching out to consumers’ PCs and scheduling Windows 10 upgrades on them, without asking the owners of said PCs! The “Get Windows 10 Now” nagware that’s been bugging users since last year now doesn’t just relentlessly urge you to click a button and get Windows 10; it tells you that Windows 10 is going to be installed on such-and-such a date!
Sure, there’s a link on that screen you can click to change or cancel the scheduled upgrade. See it, right there under the date that Windows 10 is due to be installed? A lot of people won’t, and many may find themselves in the brave new Windows 10 world, not knowing how it happened.
For some people, moving to Windows 10 will be a welcome change from the unpopular Windows 8 environment. Some may experience improved performance and benefit from better security that's baked into Windows 10. But an unexpected upgrade of the operating system may also impose a learning curve at an inconvenient time. Important apps may be lost in the transition to Windows 10, and some hardware may require updated drivers to function properly.
The bottom line is, it’s your PC and Microsoft has no business scheduling tasks on it without your consent; that’s what is happening here. But it’s not happening to everyone, I find.
One of my own Win 7 PCs suddenly had a Win 10 upgrade scheduled on it. I thought I must have hit the wrong button sometime without realizing it, and canceled the upgrade easily. Then I started comparing notes with some friends.
Blocking the Windows 10 Upgrade
One of them said he has not been bothered by Win 10 nagware since he followed the instructions for removing all traces of it in my article, Is Microsoft Forcing Windows 10 on You? The answer to that question, at this point, is looking more and more like a big “YES!”
You can continue to say "NO" each time the "Get Windows 10" popup appears, and cancel any scheduled upgrades that are imposed. But if you want to retain control of when or if you upgrade to Windows 10, I recommend following the instructions in my earlier article to get rid of the visible “Get Windows 10 Now” system tray icon and all of the hidden software that goes with it. Otherwise, you may wake up any morning to a notice that Windows 10 is coming your way, like it or not.
Microsoft is getting pushier about moving everyone to Windows 10 for several reasons. First, it’s necessary to Microsoft’s plans for the future of Windows; if significant numbers of users remain on older versions, those plans will be complicated or even jeopardized.
Second, the telemetry services built into Windows 10 are used to gather anonymized data about Windows 10 users - what hardware they have, what apps they use, where they go online, how they use their PCs, and more. That data is very valuable to advertisers, and advertising is going to be a big part of the Windows 10 experience. The more users Microsoft can profile, the more money the company will make.
Windows 10’s telemetry has many benefits for users, but many users just don’t want Microsoft to know all they do and have on their PCs. My article, Tweak Unwanted Windows 10 Features, provides step-by-step instructions for removing or disabling unwanted Win 10 telemetry features.
Have you been scheduled for a surprise Windows 10 upgrade? Your thoughts on this topic are welcome. Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 17 May 2016
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