No, Microsoft will not stop pushing Windows 10

Microsoft's aggressive tactics to push Windows 10 on consumer PCs are infamous by now. If you are running Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 and want to stay with your current OS, you will have a hard time fending off the upgrade prompts and continuous nags to move to Windows 10, an OS that doesn't offer much in the way of any new groundbreaking or significant improvements, new technology or extra value to existing Windows customers. In fact it reduces your control over many settings, eliminates features and a great deal of customization and choice, and slows down performance due to the use of managed code in the OS. If you are still on Windows 7 or Windows 8, you probably have already learned of all the ways to avoid Windows 10. However, you should not relax.

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If you are not familiar with the whole saga of aggressive upgrades, here are a few links for you to see how desperate Microsoft is to force Windows 10 on you:

Now, here is an official statement from the Windows camp on these rather shameless methods to force Windows 10 on you. During a recent Windows Weekly episode (Windows Weekly is the podcast where Paul Thurrot and Mary Jo Foley are speakers), Microsoft's Chris Capossela, who is their marketing head, explained that Microsoft sees nothing wrong with the current promotion of Windows 10. Capossela claimed that the company is trying to avoid fragmentation in the Windows segment by moving everyone to Windows 10 as soon as possible. Since Windows 10 follows Microsoft's new "Windows as a Service" paradigm, they are interested in migrating every user to the new Store ecosystem of paid apps, free apps with advertisements and overall reduced control over your PC. Here's what Caposella had to say:

Look, we made Windows 10 for free for anybody who has a Windows 7 or 8 machine. You can call that freemium if you want, but that was a decision, you know we did not take that decision lightly.

For us, it was just so incredibly important to try to end the fragmentation of the Windows install base, and so we think that every machine that is capable of running Windows 10, we should be doing everything we possibly can to get people to move to Windows 10.

We always want to give them the choice, and we are trying to find the right UI constructs, we are trying to find the right upgrade constructs that we think are going to please as many people as possible.

The only problem with his assertions is that firstly, Windows 7 is no less secure than Windows 10. Second, the fragmentation only means less revenue for Microsoft from paid and ad-supported Store apps. If you are on Windows 7 and enjoying quality desktop apps that have a lot more features and trouble-free performance, this fact is immaterial to Microsoft. In short, they want to replace the Windows 7 experience with one that isn't as good enough yet they want to monetize it through their App Store model with ad-supported apps and paid apps, and revenue from Bing/Cortana.

Keeping this in mind, you should be extremely wary of what Microsoft tries to force on you. You should expect more dirty tricks which try to coax you into installing Windows 10. They can release any number of "recommended updates", or a dialog which has no button to refuse the upgrade. They have infinite tricks up their sleeve to force you eventually to a closed Store ecosystem with minimal control over the functioning of the OS where powerful, desktop apps that can modify the OS user experience cannot run, only limited function Metro apps can run. This model worked out very well for Apple, so Microsoft wants to clone that success.

Personally, I have disabled Windows Update completely in my Windows operating system, as I use Windows very rarely and for a limited number of tasks. I took this decision because not only I was not happy with new versions of Windows after XP, but also, because I have no time to monitor each and every update and approve the ones I can install safely. I decided to use Arch Linux as my primary operating system some time ago and have been very happy with it ever since. It certainly looks like it that running Linux will become the only guaranteed way to avoid the Windows 10 upgrade offer for consumers. Enterprise PCs on the other hand, those running Windows 7 Enterprise or Windows 8.1 Enterprise are so far not being presented any updates to move to Windows 10.

9 thoughts on “No, Microsoft will not stop pushing Windows 10

  1. EBIN

    “We always want to give them the choice, and we are trying to find the right UI constructs, we are trying to find the right upgrade constructs that we think are going to please as many people as possible”

    Is that guy for real? Bullshit.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      It is marketing. If he say ‘haha, people, we are forcing Windows 10 using all possible ways’, he will be fired then.

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      1. Al

        glass half full – half empty. Depressed people tend to see any change as an assault on them while happy people in Seattle see change as a logical progress. Americans fire depressed people cause depressed people sit and do nothing but creating conspiracies while happy competition captures the market share and makes money. Get fit and quit crying about americans making money the way russians can’t

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        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          Well, I am happy that you are blind enough to use and like the dumbed down operating system. In this case, americans are making money on people like you. This is very positive thing for me.

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        2. wdeda

          People who have no arguments to defend their ideas and depart for verbal aggression, xenophobia, etc. immediately prove what they try to deny. As a pinhole camera, they can only see reality upside down.

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  2. elrond

    This has absolutely nothing to do with any country here, don’t be ridiculous. These are multinational companies and their strategy apply to everyone who uses their products.

    Microsoft’s impudence has no limits, their claims are flat-out lies. There was no real fragmentation – Windows 7 was dominating and still is. Not to mention all Windows versions since Vista are 95% compatible with each other, so there was never any real problem (except for the store apps they want to push). They take out more and more options with each version of Windows. What’s right for the people = what they think is right for the people, not the same.

    Trying to force people to use their sh*t is against the most fundamental free market principle. They should have made their product better, so that anyone would prefer to use it! The mere fact that they try to force people to a free upgrade (instead of assuming that everyone will want it – it’s free after all) is very disturbing, it speaks tons for the “quality” of Windows 10 and about the validity of their claims!

    Another thing the author didn’t mention – MS made sure they earn from people even if they don’t use the Store – by exploiting all user information in the OS (spying) for targeted advertising.

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  3. Jozsef

    The Orwellian doublespeak is wondrous to behold. First they attach a negative connotation to free choice, calling it fragmentation, then tell us that choice is available in the form of Windows 10! Are we to expect an ad campaign along the lines of “Show your individuality, stand out from the crowd by installing Windows 10 as soon as possible like other leaders and trend setters do.” Wait, I think I just talked myself into it! OK, maybe not. ;)

    BTW, I can’t imagine accepting a lot of advertising on my own computer, least of all in nearly useless phone style apps. If a buggy, broken and badly designed file browser is not important enough to fix, maybe we’re just not the target market for this, shall we say, product.

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  4. Jonesy

    I have 2 PC’s, one Win 7 and one Win 10 as a test bed, and no I am not impressed with Windows 10 for all the reasons outlined on your blog. Two points:
    (1) to stop the endless prompts on Win 7 for the 10 upgrade, go to folder \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\GWX and rename all the .EXE files to anything you like.
    (2) On Win 10, I ran your original script “http://winaero.com/blog/how-to-remove-all-bundled-apps-in-windows-10/”, which deleted all modern apps and the Windows Store itself. Since them, I don’t have the Store app, so no stupid apps, adverts, etc., and the Store app itself has not been reloaded by Windows. Great stuff Sergey!

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    1. Jimmy

      That method does work but you forgot to mention that the user has to be an administrator and he/she will have to take ownership of the entire GWX folder.

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