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Microsoft reportedly pushing Windows 10 Upgrade to Windows 7 and 8.1 users aggressively

by AshwinDecember 8, 2015

Windows 10, is Microsoft’s ticket to the spotlight, but sometimes the operating system is in the news for the wrong reasons.

GWX App Upgrade Forced

We have reported on more than one occasion, about how Microsoft forced the Windows 10 update on Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs.

The Redmond company’s official stand however was that, it happened because an optional update was “accidentally” pushed as a recommended update. Now, it appears users are experiencing something similar to the above scenario.

The news comes from Josh Mayfield, the creator of the GWX Control Panel app, which blocks the Get Windows 10 App (on Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1). This is what he told to Computer World,

“Over Thanksgiving weekend I started getting reports that the Windows Update ‘AllowOSUpgrade’ setting was getting flipped back on on a number of peoples’ PCs, and it keeps re-setting itself at least once a day if they switch it back off.”

This is definitely not something that users are going to like.

Mayfield says that Microsoft has pushed the update for PCs several times, and this in turn keeps changing binary files in the Get Windows 10 app, which changed the above setting from do not upgrade to allow, even if the user had opted not to upgrade. He terms this as leaving the PC “vulnerable to unwanted Windows 10 upgrade behavior”.

After monitoring Microsoft’s moves closely, Mayfield has kept his GWX Control Panel app updated, to help the user avoid the Windows 10 Upgrade. The most recent version of his app, runs background checks for the “Upgrade” setting, to automatically block any changes which Microsoft tries to push.

Microsoft has already announced that will be offering the Windows 10 Upgrade as a recommended Windows Update, for Windows 7/8/8.1 users, sometime next year. So, with this aggressive forced upgrade, I think Microsoft has gone too far.

A lot of software vendors still continue to support Windows XP, even after Microsoft officially ended support for the legacy operating system in April 2014. So, it is clear that Windows 7 will get the same treatment from most software vendors, and especially considering that it still has a good 4 years left to reach Microsoft’s End of Extended Support deadline.

 

Not every old PC will perform smoothly on Windows 10, as it can on older operating systems. And not everyone is a fan of Windows Store Apps, and the new UI in Windows 10’s Start Menu. If a user doesn’t want Windows 10, leave them alone. How hard is it for Redmond to understand that?

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