Microsoft to push Windows 10 as a Recommended update for Windows 7 and 8.1 users
Microsoft wants to give more control over how its users wants to upgrade to Windows 10.
So it has announced a slew of new policies regarding the same.
Microsoft says the user can choose to upgrade or decline the upgrade offer at anytime. What its talking about is the option to roll back to the older version of Windows easily. We have already written up an article explaining How To revert to Windows 7 or Windows 8 from Windows 10. Just keep in mind you only have 31 days to return to your old operating system.
Windows 10 upgrade notifications have been in the spotlight for the right and wrong reasons. The Get Windows 10 app (GWX) for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 now has an option to disable the notifications from the settings.
Todays news doesn’t come without controversy. Remember my previous write ups about how Windows 10 was installed automatically on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs, without the user’s intervention. In these scenarios, the user did not even reserve the upgrade to Windows 10, and the GWX app gave no option to cancel or opt-out of the update.
Microsoft had then officially confirmed that this “error” had occured due to the result of some optional Windows Updates being marked as “Recommended” ones accidentally.
Well, things are about to change and not for the good. Microsoft is going to begin rolling out Windows 10 as an “Optional Update” in the Windows Update, for all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users.
But that’s not the bad part, the Redmond company plans to push the Windows 10 Upgrade offer for users persistently, as if it isn’t annoying enough already.
Beginning from early next year, Microsoft will start pushing Windows 10 as a “Recommended Update”. So if you have the option set to “Install important and recommended updates” in the Windows Update, your PC will start downloading Windows 10 automatically, and install it. Microsoft says that this won’t be the case on metered connections in Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
The Redmond company will soon begin offering a new option in the Media Creation Tool to create a single image using which users can upgrade any number of PCs to Windows 10, and even make a clean install upgrade, providing you have your old Windows 10 license handy.
And that’s not all, Microsoft is even going to give pirates a chance. Users who are running non-genuine copies of Windows 10 will be allowed to buy a genuine license from the Windows Store app, or a redeemable code from elsewhere, using which they can activate their PCs.