The new super fast cadence of modern Windows versions and short life cycle has forced users to perform full OS upgrades twice a year. For example, the most recent stable Windows 10 release as of this writing is version 1803, "April 2018 Update". However, we are already expecting version 1809 at the end of this year. To help users perform upgrades smoothly, Microsoft has released a new diagnostic tool, SetupDiag.
Starting with Windows 10, Microsoft has been releasing two feature updates to the OS in a year. When a major feature update is released, it is like a Windows re-installation for end users. While it adds new features, user interface changes and improves the security of the OS, it takes a lot of time to install over an existing instance of the OS. Microsoft promises to change this and speed up the upgrade process significantly in the upcoming Spring Creators Update.
Back in 2015, Microsoft allowed users with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to upgrade their operating system to Windows 10 for free. After some time, the same option was provided for users depending on assistive technology, and this option is still available. The Redmond software giant will end the free offer for assistive technology users by December 31, 2017.
As you may already know, currently you are able to get Windows 10 for free using your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 key. You can use it in Windows 10 and the OS will become activated. Another way to get it is a special web site which offers the OS for free for users who use assistive technologies. Now, the Redmond software giant has decided to end the free offer for assistive technology users by the end of the year.
When it comes to installing a new feature update, also known as build upgrade, it always takes a lot of time before you can use your PC again. Windows 10 makes a copy of the currently installed OS version, some user files, downloads a new build through your Internet connection and then installs it. Microsoft has reworked this procedure to make it faster and reduce the PC downtime.
Microsoft has finally updated the Windows 10 upgrade offer notification and added a clear option to decline it. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users now have an explicit option to cancel the upgrade.
A new round of the Windows 10 upgrade offer is starting. While interested users have up to the end of July 2016 to switch to Windows 10, others who have no plans to move to the latest OS from Redmond are still seeing nags that the upgrade has been scheduled. Since it gets scheduled to install on a specific date, your PC will automatically get upgraded to Windows 10 unless you cancel that offer.
There are many users who are extremely unhappy with the way Microsoft is pushing Windows 10. They are constantly releasing special updates, which nag the user to migrate from Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10. Even if you block them, they get unblocked automatically. With every such update, it is harder and harder to say "no", because of misleading UI and lack of clear choice to refuse the upgrade.
Microsoft is continuing their aggressive push to install Windows 10 on Windows 8 and Windows 7 PCs. Another round of updates has started - a new update, KB3150513, has been released to "help" the user switch to Windows 10 immediately.
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!