Microsoft wants you on Windows 10, but it's not up to them
In the last 24 hours, we’ve seen Microsoft dip their toes in the waters of reprehensible trickery by taking yet another step to force users of their veteran Windows 7 and 8 operating systems to upgrade to the new kid on the block, Windows 10. Microsoft are now pushing the free update as “recommended”, meaning users’ computers will schedule the update as part of their usual update routines. Obviously this may not be something all users want – and there’s good news and bad news on that front. The good news is users receive a friendly pop-up letting them know that Windows 10 will be installed shortly and offering them the chance to postpone or cancel it. The bad news is actually stopping the installation is harder than you’d expect, especially for the casual user. Closing the pop-up is taken as consent to install Windows 10, which has gotten people riled up and been referred to as a “nasty trick” by journalists.
Since this blowback, Microsoft has promised to improve the update procedure so as not to mislead customers, but the general impression is that Windows 10 will continue to try and worm its way onto users’ computers, despite their protests. Fortunately, it’s possible to stop Windows 10 from butting in for good, allowing you to keep using your operating system of choice.
A moment today keeps Windows 10 away
There are a handful of ways to stop Windows nagging you to upgrade, with varying degrees of technical expertise required. Probably the easiest solution is Never 10, a handy application that tweaks some settings to remove Windows 10 notifications. This program doesn’t require installation; simply download and run it to change the required settings.
If you’re a business facing the more challenging prospect of handling Windows 10 within your network – whether you’re adopting or avoiding it – don’t hesitate to talk to us here at Silver Lining. IT infrastructure is our forte, and we’ll work with you to determine the best course of action regarding the new operating system. If your network could benefit from the new features of Windows 10, we’ll support you through the upgrade process and ensure that everything comes out working on the other side. On the other hand, if you’re more interested in sticking with Microsoft’s earlier operating systems, we’ll provide expert technical support and maintenance, even as Microsoft brings legacy support to an end.
You might also be interested in our hosted desktop environment, a cloud-based service completely managed by us, including the core operating system. If handling software upgrades and maintenance causes you no end of headaches, you could stand to benefit greatly from the simplicity and ease of use of our cloud platform.
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