Microsoft Denies Windows 10 Is Self-Installing

/ 4 years ago


For obvious reasons, Microsoft is pushing hard to get their users onto Windows 10. While spamming advertisements and making the upgrade free have done wonders, it seems like that is still not fast enough for Microsoft. According to some users, Microsoft has begun to stealthily self-install Windows 10 onto their Windows 7 and 8/8.1 computers. Of course, Microsoft has denied any such acts, not that they would admit if they were.

Microsoft had this to say in a statement:

We shared in late October on the Windows Blog, we are committed to making it easy for our Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers to upgrade to Windows 10. As stated in that post, we have updated the upgrade experience to make it easier for customers to schedule a time for their upgrade to take place. Customers continue to be fully in control of their devices, and can choose to not install the Windows 10 upgrade or remove the upgrade from Windows Update (WU) by changing the WU settings.

Despite Microsoft’s claims, many users have experienced their machines somehow autonomously upgrading to Windows 10. Obviously, the biggest culprit is when Microsoft started pushing Windows 10 as a recommended update. Due to the fact that Windows will by default automatically install all recommended updates, many users are undoubtedly feeling their systems are out of control when it somehow upgrade overnight. While this is not as nefarious as actually forcing an upgrade, this as close as it gets to that, since automatic updates actually hides which updates it will be doing, pretty much ensuring users won’t know they will be upgrading to the new OS.

With such desperate measures like sneaking in Windows 10 advertisements in security updates, Microsoft really has gone too far with their push for Windows 10. As it stands, there are still many issues remaining. Maybe Microsoft should just sit on their already massive install base and let users be. Then again, when has Microsoft truly listened without first being burned?

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