Microsoft appear to be pushing their weight around, attempting to foist Windows 10 on users whether they want it or not

Microsoft BootA few weeks ago Microsoft were accused of heavy-handedness in downloading the installation files for Windows 10, irrespective of whether the user had actually asked for the upgrade. The upgrade didn’t install automatically, but the download (in preparation for the installation) could be anything up to 6gb.

Now they’ve gone one step further. The upgrade to Windows 10 (ie its installation – not just the downloading of the files in preparation) is “soon” going to become a “recommended update” alongside other “recommended updates” that you are probably set to receive automatically (because that’s how Microsoft have been encouraging us to receive updates).

So, if you are currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1, and you do NOT wish to upgrade to Windows 10, then you are going to have to turn off automatic updates and manually pick and choose the updates that you do wish to install. I can’t see a lot of “normal” users doing that.

To quote Microsoft themselves:

“We will soon be publishing Windows 10 as an “Optional Update” in Windows Update for all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers. Windows Update is the trusted, logical location for our most important updates, and adding Windows 10 here is another way we will make it easy for you to find your upgrade.”

Or, to put that another way, “We’re going to slip Windows 10 past you without you noticing it happen, because we know that most of you will not learn – until it’s too late – that we’re re-categorising it as a recommended update to Windows 7 and Windows 8.”

Windows Glassy LogoIt is true – as Microsoft point out in the above-quoted article – that you can revert to your previous operating system any time within the first 31 days after installation of Windows 10. But they are not daft: they know that inertia will play its part. Once it’s a fait accompli that you’ve got Windows 10, they know that few people will either want to bother putting it back to Windows 7 or 8, or want to risk breaking something in the attempt.

I appreciate that we can’t blame Microsoft for wanting their new operating system to be as successful as possible, but do they really need to abuse their power by manipulating us in this way?

If you decide that you don’t want to be strong-armed into installing Windows 10 by default, then you need to check, and possibly change, your Windows Update settings. You can read more on this by clicking the appropriate link below:

Windows Update for Windows 7 Users

or

Windows Update for Windows 8 Users

Windows Vista with haloFor what it’s worth, though, Windows 10 does seem to be being accepted and liked in a way that Windows 8 never was. My own experience is that, apart from initial problems mentioned in earlier blogs, it is stable and seems like a smooth progression from Windows 7. If you happen to have bought a new computer recently and are experiencing Windows 8 for the first time, my advice would definitely be to upgrade to Windows 10 rather than get to grips with the peculiarities and annoyances of Windows 8.

If, on the other hand, you are happy with Windows 7 or 8, then you will need to make an effort to resist the juggernaut that is Microsoft’s bullying, or be run over by it.

Isn’t it ironic that users of the one operating system that was deemed a bit of a disaster (Windows Vista) are the only group of Windows users unaffected by all this? They can carry on using Vista, knowing that it’s still supported by Microsoft, but can’t be updated to Windows 10.

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