If you are currently running Windows 7 or 8, there’s something you should know about Windows 10. Microsoft is going to automatically download Windows 10 without your knowledge (well, you know about it now, but you wouldn’t have known about it if you didn’t read this article!).
Instead of waiting for users to download Windows 10, Microsoft has decided to make the download automatic for Windows 7 and 8 users.
Here Comes the Pop Up
The Windows 10 installer will begin to automatically download, but users will be notified via a Pop Up. From there, users will have the chance to decline the update once it has already begun. If you don’t want to go that route, you will have to manually stop the download. This may not seem like a big deal, but it’s actually something to think about. Why?
Most people will automatically hit the “OK” button without stopping to really read the pop up. Sure, that might be the fault of users, but it’s also a highly deceptive tactic. Microsoft wants people to start using Windows 10, and that means automatic downloads with a pop up that most people simply will not read. But, Microsoft has also noted that anyone that does not like the new version of Windows can simply revert to the old version after a thirty day trial.
That’s some kind of reassurance, I suppose.
Things Are Moving Backwards
The problem with Microsoft’s current strategy is that the download will begin automatically first, install on user computers, and then people will have the option to get rid of the new version - something is definitely backwards here. Microsoft should give people the option whether or not to use the new version (instead of it being an automatic download), and then make it optional to revert to the older version.
Unfortunately, Microsoft is doing what a lot of other companies are doing now - jump first, ask later. This will likely not bother some people, but for those that understand what’s happening this tactic is more than slightly annoying - it’s downright intrusive. Of course, the other option here is to turn off automatic updates.
Microsoft does caution against this move due to the fact that updates are what keeps a computer free from viruses and such. But, you may have to turn off those updates if you don’t want Windows 10 to install automatically.
Upsetting Some Users
A lot of users (maybe you?) are upset with what Microsoft is doing here. Sure, updates should happen often, but whether or not a person updates should be a choice - not something that’s forced.
This is not the first time that Microsoft has made this kind of adjustment, and it won’t be the last, but you can stop the download if you want to by being aware of what that pop up will say, and by turning off automatic updates.
Windows 10 is a free upgrade for current users. You can find out more about the upgrade by visiting Microsoft’s website.