Here is another round of aggressive attempts from Microsoft to push Windows 10 on every Windows 7 and Windows 8 user. They are very anxious to move everyone to Windows 10 as soon as possible. There are a number of tricks the company is using to make the user install Windows 10. They are showing nags, annoyingly downloading it silently and hiding options to ignore the prompts. Now the Windows 10 upgrade offer has no obvious Cancel button although you might still be able to ignore it.
Since last Sunday, the Windows 10 upgrade offer prompt was updated and the button to cancel the upgrade disappeared. Here is how it looks now:
There is no cancel button, only "Upgrade now" and "Upgrade tonight". The only way to avoid it is to use the tiny red "Close" button in the top right.
So, now the Windows 10 upgrade offer has sort of started acting like malware, misleading the user to believe that there is no choice. The average user may not even think of using the Close ("x") button and will give in to the upgrade requests.
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:
- Windows 10 might be silently downloaded on your computer.
- It might directly show you the prompt to install it as it is being aggressively pushed via deceptively described updates.
- Windows 10 will become a recommended update.
- Microsoft continues to push Windows 10 aggressively.
Microsoft does not seem to care about the fact that not everyone wants Windows 10 right away, while some don't want it at all and are happy with Windows 7. Windows 7 is going to be supported till 2020 and Windows 8 till 2023. Users who are more than satisfied with these older systems and dread the awful changes in Windows 10 are not going to migrate but are being forced to move.
Windows 10 still has a huge number of issues which make it unusable for many users. Also it is missing a large number of Windows 7 features, and has performance issues too.
Here is a brief list of the most common issues:
- Compatiblity: in Windows 10, some apps have broken Unicode support.
- Drivers: some specific hardware the end user might own has no drivers for Windows 10.
- Usability: Windows 10 changed a lot of things all over again for Windows 7 users, so they will need to learn a lot of things from scratch. There is no way to do many things which you could previously do!
- Deleted and ruined features: many features have been discontinued, others have been overly simplified, that is, dumbed down to eliminate even the most basic features.
- Loss of control over settings: many settings have disappeared. For example, updates are forced. Telemetry and Defender cannot be disabled.
- Edge browser is a total disappointment, features like Cortana do not work in many regions and are of little practical use on PC hardware.
...and so on.
Instead you get a flat design which isn't particularly appealing or useful and Universal apps which also run on Windows Phones besides the Desktop. These apps are far less customizable than any previous implementation of Windows apps and have less options, and poor usability. Windows 10 eliminates user control over hardware too by forcing driver updates. It reboot on its own and forcibly installs updates which come without any description or change log! Every few months, your OS build will be upgraded. Many settings and Registry tweaks and optimizations that you do to personalize your computer will be reset by the build upgrade.
If you are aware of all these issues and still willing to put up with Windows 10 for using apps, only then you should get this new OS. I personally think that no one should be coaxed or fooled by deceptively designed dialogs and malware-like upgrade offers.
It's a shame that Microsoft is resorting to such tactics to force an OS with so many issues. Windows used to be a premium quality OS, full of features, rich-customization options and quality visuals that people actually wanted.