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Windows 10 upgrade no longer allows Windows 7 and 8 users to opt-out

Windows 10 upgrade no longer allows Windows 7 and 8 users to opt-out

by AshwinOctober 15, 2015

Microsoft is reportedly resorting to aggressive tactics, to roll put the Windows 10 upgrade.

Windows 10 Time to Upgrade

The Redmond company launched its new operating system about two and a half months ago, at the end of July, and is offering it as a free upgrade for eligible Windows 7, 8/8.1 users until the end of July 2016.

Users were originally asked to reserve for the upgrade, and cancel the reservation at any time. But now, some Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users are claiming that they are unable to opt-out of the free upgrade offer.

And it actually gets worse, some users are finding that there is absolutely no way to cancel the upgrade, and so the only way out is a temporary one, and yes you guessed it, you can only reschedule the update from being installed.

Other users say that the Windows 10 Upgrade dialog box, displays only one option, which is to begin the Windows 10 installation.

Windows 10 Reboot to Install

According to the creator of GWX Control Panel (an app to prevent Windows 10 upgrades), Josh Mayfield, there is no concrete way to opt-out of the Windows 10 Upgrade in the above mentioned situations.

And don’t go thinking that you can skip the update by uninstalling the relevant Windows Updates, that won’t fix the issue.

ZDNet reports that the only other unconfirmed way to get out of the upgrade process, is to revert to a system restore point, which is dated before September 15, 2015. This suggests that there could have been a time-based event, which was trig-erred automatically when the date passed.

It is not clear as to why Microsoft is doing this, could it be a faulty update triggering the upgrade process or was it done on purpose. The latter seems all the more likely considering the fact, that Windows 10 was downloaded on users PCs regardless, of whether the user chose to reserve the Windows Upgrade or not. This caused quiet a furore, amongst those who did not want to move to the new operating system.

I am not sure if this is some kind of a brainstorm, from someone at Redmond, who thought it would be a cool way to achieve the 1 Billion installations of Windows 10, which the company is targeting to achieve by the end of the year 2017.

Well, Microsoft, it is one thing to giveaway your new operating system for free. But forcing users to upgrade is not one bit nice, or ethical. The Redmond company should respect the rights of the user, and stop enforcing its updates.