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.
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.
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.
If you are not impressed by Windows 10 and decided to not move to it, you were probably able to avoid it and its free upgrade offer. But soon Microsoft is taking another step to coax users towards Windows 10. The update which enables the upgrade to Windows 10 will become a recommended update. Recommended updates are automatically installed if your Windows Update settings are configured to do so.
It has come to the attention of everyone that Microsoft is so anxious to get you on Windows 10 that all PCs running Windows 7 and Windows 8 which have automatic updates enabled are silently downloading Windows 10 just in case you need it. It does not install automatically but does use up several GBs of your internet plan and disk space. While this behaviour was expected for users who had explicitly reserved Windows 10, it has surprised many others who found a huge, hidden folder on their PC with Windows 10 Setup files.
One of the questions Windows users had after Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be free, was whether they could clean install the OS again after the 1-year period of free upgrades ends. You often need to reinstall Windows for various reasons and after obtaining the license with the free upgrade program, people were concerned that Microsoft might require them to pay for a reinstallation. Well this has been clarified by Microsoft.