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BEWARE: Windows 7 can be upgraded to Windows 10 automatically

Many Reddit users faced an unexpected behavior from Windows Update when suddenly it forcibly and silently started the installation process for Windows 10 without any warning. This happens if KB3035583 is installed, which comes with the following description:

Update installs Get Windows 10 app in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1

Without any confirmation, the updated Get Windows 10 app not only starts setup but upgrades the user's installed operating system to Windows 10!
Upgrade to Windows 10 Is Ready
While Microsoft officially claimed several times that such behavior will never be implemented and that the user will retain the choice, a significant number of Reddit users says that it is not true.

The mentioned KB3035583 automatically unhides itself periodically when you have hidden it and installs the updated GWX (Get Windows 10) app. The GWX app should ask the user if he wants to upgrade his operating system, after checking that the computer's hardware is compatible with Windows 10 and fits its system requirements.

According to the Reddit discussion, it is possible to "fix" the "mad" GWX app by uninstalling KB3035583 which resolves the issue and returns the upgrade process back to the user-driven procedure.
Here are a few examples from the Reddit topic:a4e9a70ae4db42829ee69c461e4956e4

You can join the discussion here: reddit.

There is no official information or confirmation of this issue yet.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

3 thoughts on “BEWARE: Windows 7 can be upgraded to Windows 10 automatically”

  1. They’re only hurting themselves by doing this. The reason a lot of people don’t want to upgrade is because it forces updates, even the Pro version will only defer non-security updates for a short time. By trying to force OS upgrades, they’re just showing that our concerns were absolutely correct.

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