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!
A new round of tricks to get users to upgrade to Windows 10 has started. For those who are on Windows 7 and Windows 8, Microsoft has released a new update promoting the features of Windows 10. In addition to the well known KB3035583, which is GWX i.e. the Windows 10 upgrade offer app, a new package has been rolled out.
We warned you in our previous articles that Windows 10 was going to become a recommended update for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Microsoft previously announced that this would happen in early 2016 and now it has.
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.