Get Windows 10 app no longer has a “no thanks” option, just allows users to Upgrade Now or Start Download
It is now a well known fact, that Microsoft will continue to offer Windows 10 as a free upgrade for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users until late July 2016.
But not all is well with the offer, as the Redmond company has been resorting to promoting its new operating system in anyway it can.
A few days ago, we reported that Microsoft was found to be pushing the Windows 10 Upgrade very aggressively on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 PCs. The report said that the GWX app, aka the Get Windows 10 App, is constantly being updated by the Redmond Company.
What this means is that the company is pushing a new version of the app, several times to the user, even more than once a day. This contains some changes in its binary files, which in turn changes the settings of the app. So, even if a user had chosen not to update to Windows 10, the app will still ask the user if he/she wishes to upgrade to the new operating system.
Now, it appears that there is something even worse going on with the criticized app. Look closely at the screenshot above, to know what I’m talking about. That image was posted by Brad Chacos, who says it is from a Windows 8.1 PC.
Did you notice that there in no option to opt-out of the Windows 10 Upgrade? There isn’t a “No Thanks” option, and instead the only available options are “Upgrade Now” and “Start Download, Upgrade Later”.
And it does appear to have taken up a fair chunk of the display space. Chacos says that he closed the “mostly full screen” pop-up window, without going through the rest of the pages in the app (as indicated by the page indicator dots). So, it is unclear as to if the GWX app may or may not offer an option to skip the upgrade. He terms this as malware-like behaviour, since the option appears to be hidden.
We have already reported that Microsoft will be pushing the Windows 10 upgrade offer, as a recommended update next year, for users who have the Automatic Updates enable on their PCs. But has the Redmond company jumped the gun already? It seems unlikely, as Microsoft had said that the user will be able to choose whether to uopgrade or not. Nevertheless, these new update tactics aren’t going to go down well amongst users of the good old faithful Windows 7, and may also be frowned upon by Windows 8/8.1 users as well.