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Have you noticed recently that your Internet connection was slower than usual, the free space on your system drive Need A Disk Cleanup? Visualize What Takes Up Space On Your Windows PC Need A Disk Cleanup? Visualize What Takes Up Space On Your Windows PC Oh the pressure when you run out of disk space. What to delete? The fastest way to locate junk files is to use a tool that helps you visualize your system's file structure. Read More shrunk, and maybe you even maxed out your Internet data cap? This time you can probably blame Microsoft! If you’re getting automatic updates on Windows 7 or 8, Windows Update may have downloaded the Windows 10 installation files behind your back…

We can’t give you your lost bandwidth Find Out Who's Eating Your Bandwidth With These Tips Find Out Who's Eating Your Bandwidth With These Tips Click....wait. Click....wait. Click....ARG! Does that seem familiar? It's you when you run out of Internet bandwidth! Let's find out what occupies your Internet connection and how to get it back. Read More back, but we can help you to stop it from getting stolen. We’ll also show you how to delete the hidden Windows 10 files from your system and stop Windows Update Windows Update: Everything You Need to Know Windows Update: Everything You Need to Know Is Windows Update enabled on your PC? Windows Update protects you from security vulnerabilities by keeping Windows, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Office up-to-date with the latest security patches and bug fixes. Read More from doing this again.

Anatomy of the Free Windows 10 Upgrade

Windows 10 was released on July 29, offering a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 Windows 10 Upgrade - Free Doesn't Mean It Won't Cost Anything Windows 10 Upgrade - Free Doesn't Mean It Won't Cost Anything There's a catch to the free Windows 10 upgrade. Microsoft understands its audience all too well; they are more likely to pay for the freedom of control, rather than for extra features. Read More systems. Prior to that, users could sign up for the free upgrade via the Get Windows 10 app Get Windows 10: It's Not a Virus! Get Windows 10: It's Not a Virus! The Get Windows 10 icon in your system tray is not a virus. It's Microsoft's official upgrade note prior to the official release of Windows 10 on July 29th, 2015. Read More , which was delivered to their systems through Windows Update. The app presented itself with a Windows icon in the system tray, as well as a message under Windows Update. Annoyingly, removing the Get Windows 10 app How to Get Rid of Windows 10 Upgrade Notification in Windows 7 & 8 How to Get Rid of Windows 10 Upgrade Notification in Windows 7 & 8 Windows 10 is coming and Microsoft wants everyone to upgrade. The Windows 7 & 8 popup reminder ensures that even the last person will be aware of this option. Here's how you can remove it. Read More isn’t trivial.

Windows 10 Is Coming Windows Update

Users who did sign up for the free upgrade Can't See the Windows 10 Upgrade Notification? Here's How to Enable It. Can't See the Windows 10 Upgrade Notification? Here's How to Enable It. Are you also not seeing the Get Windows app on your Windows 7 or 8.1 devices? Let us show you how to enable the upgrade notification or cancel the upgrade in case you changed your... Read More received the Windows 10 installation files prior to its launch date or soon thereafter, provided their system was deemed compatible. Installation files were deposited in a hidden folder on the system drive and took up 3-6 GB.

Once an invitation to upgrade How to Upgrade to Windows 10 Now & Why You Should Wait How to Upgrade to Windows 10 Now & Why You Should Wait Have you been waiting patiently since July 29 for your Windows 10 upgrade? You should probably wait until you receive an official notification, but if you are determined, you can force the Windows 10 upgrade. Read More was issued, users could delay it for 72 hours before their system went ahead and automatically upgraded to Windows 10. Individuals who had changed their mind were left with little time to figure out how to cancel the Windows 10 upgrade How to Cancel the Windows 10 Upgrade If You Changed Your Mind How to Cancel the Windows 10 Upgrade If You Changed Your Mind The Get Windows 10 app made it incredibly easy to sign up for the upgrade. If you no longer want it, you can opt out again. We show you how. Read More .

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Windows 7 & 8 Users Are Coerced to Upgrade

Right now, Windows Update deposits Windows 10 installation files on people’s computers, regardless of whether or not they reserved the free ugprade to Windows 10. To confirm reports from the Inquirer, I booted into Windows 8.1, which hadn’t been updated in a while, checked the status of the Get Windows 10 app (no reservation), as well as the hidden folder (present, but essentially empty), and ran all pending updates.

What happened then was outrageous. After allowing Windows to run updates and rebooting twice, an adware-like notification popped up that my system was ready to upgrade to Windows 10. When I opened the Get Windows 10 app, I saw this:

Windows 10 Upgrade Ready

I had actually cancelled the Windows 10 reservation on Windows 8.1 in late July because the Windows 10 Preview I had been dual booting was upgraded to the release version and activated just fine.

While running updates, the hidden $Windows.~BT folder had rapidly grown from a few KB to 3.87 GB, exactly as reported by other outlets.

Windows 10 Installation Files Folder

My original reservation had been cancelled weeks earlier, but somehow it still triggered the upgrade, once the installation files had been downloaded. When I clicked OK, let’s continue, Declined the license terms, and returned to Windows Update, I found a failed optional “Upgrade to Windows 10 Home” update, which was released in late August. This is the update that is supposed to let you upgrade to Windows 10 How to Upgrade to Windows 10 via Windows Update How to Upgrade to Windows 10 via Windows Update Windows 10 is offered as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. When you're ready to upgrade, you can use Windows Update and keep all your installed programs and settings intact. Read More after you made a reservation.

Optional Windows 10 Upgrade Update

Microsoft told the Inquirer:

For individuals who have chosen to receive automatic updates through Windows Update, we help upgradable devices get ready for Windows 10 by downloading the files they’ll need if they decide to upgrade. When the upgrade is ready, the customer will be prompted to install Windows 10 on the device.

Not only does Windows download the installation files to your computer, regardless of whether or not you agree, Microsoft also admits that it will prompt you to upgrade, again, irrespective of whether or not you requested the upgrade. Thus it doesn’t surprise me to hear this story from an Extreme Tech staffer:

[David Cardinal] left on a two-week trip with an HTPC box running Windows 8.1U and came back to find it running Windows 10. Windows Update was configured to install automatic updates, and Microsoft has flagged Windows 10 as an important [recommended] update — so it’s at least theoretically possible that the box automatically installed the new operating system.

If this happened to you and if you catch it within 30 days, you still have a chance to downgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1 How to Downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1 How to Downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1 Windows 10 is here and maybe it's not what you expected. If you already upgraded, you can perform a rollback. And if you haven't yet, create a system backup first. We show you how. Read More .

What You Can Do to Prevent & Undo the Forced Windows 10 Upgrade

The Windows 10 upgrade is optional! At every step of the way, you can opt out, cancel, and undo whatever Microsoft did.

Stop the Automatic Upgrade to Windows 10

The files have been downloaded and you’ve been told that your system is ready to upgrade. Well, you can still cancel the upgrade. Open the Get Windows app, open the menu from the Hamburger icon in the top left, navigate to View confirmation and select Cancel reservation.

Cancel Windows 10 Upgrade

Should you have accidentally initiated the installation by selecting OK, let’s continue, simply Decline the license terms or schedule the upgrade as far in the future as possible (72 hours), then proceed to remove the Windows 10 Upgrade notification How to Get Rid of Windows 10 Upgrade Notification in Windows 7 & 8 How to Get Rid of Windows 10 Upgrade Notification in Windows 7 & 8 Windows 10 is coming and Microsoft wants everyone to upgrade. The Windows 7 & 8 popup reminder ensures that even the last person will be aware of this option. Here's how you can remove it. Read More as we described earlier.

Stop the Windows 10 Installation File Download

For now, we recommend you remove the Get Windows 10 app, as per in the link above. We can’t guarantee that Microsoft won’t or hasn’t already released other updates that will attempt to upgrade you to Windows 10, thus we also recommend you take control over Windows Update When Windows Update Fails, This Is How You Fix It When Windows Update Fails, This Is How You Fix It Did a Windows Update crash your system? Here's a quick list of troubleshooting steps that will help you restore Windows to a functional state. Read More , as described below.

Reclaim System Drive Space

After removing the Get Windows 10 app, run the Disk Cleanup for your system drive. Briefly, go to This PC, right-click your system drive, select Properties, then click Disk Cleanup. Once it has finished compiling files to clean up, click the Clean up system files button. This will give you the full amount of temporary files, including up to 6 GB of Temporary Windows installation files.

Disk Cleanup Temp Files

Stop Microsoft from Messing with You Like This

Don’t let Windows automatically install recommended or optional updates. We do recommend that you allow important updates to install automatically Fix Windows Update & Make It Less Annoying Without Compromising Security Fix Windows Update & Make It Less Annoying Without Compromising Security Windows Update can be a nuisance. Here is how you can protect yourself from its annoyances without compromising security. Read More because they protect your system from vulnerabilities and we don’t expect Microsoft to abuse this setting to force an undesired Windows 10 upgrade on its users.

To disable recommended and optional updates, head to the Control Panel (click Windows key + R, type Control Panel, and hit Enter), navigate to Windows Update, and select Change settings from the sidebar. Under Important updates, select Install updates automatically.

If you choose to be given recommended updates the same way you receive important updates, you’re offering Microsoft a path to force-feed you whatever they think is “important”, although it isn’t purely for security. That’s exactly how they’ll give you Windows 10 related updates. Thus remove the respective checkmark under Recommended updates.

Windows Update Settings

Microsoft Is Taking Windows 10 Too Seriously

While it is possible to opt out and stop the forced upgrade, Microsoft is making it too hard. For the average user, the steps aren’t trivial and the Windows 10 notifications are borderline adware Has Microsoft Installed Adware on Your PC to Promote Windows 10? Has Microsoft Installed Adware on Your PC to Promote Windows 10? Windows 10 is coming and Microsoft is going to great lengths to ensure each and every Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 user is fully aware. Is update KB3035583 essentially adware? Read More . Users will either be driven away from Windows or give in and upgrade.

But why is Microsoft in such a hurry? Extended support for Windows 7 and Windows 8 doesn’t expire until 2020 and 2023, respectively. It doesn’t matter whether one thousand or one billion users remain on either of these operating systems, Microsoft is contractually bound to provide support, i.e. ensure the integrity of these operating systems and deliver security patches.

It’s understandable that Microsoft would like to get as many people to switch to Windows 10 as soon as possible. In this case, the end doesn’t justify the means, because the Windows 10 upgrade is not necessarily in the best interest of the customer.

Particularly, Windows Home users function as Microsoft’s guinea pigs because they are among the first to receive and test run mandatory updates Pros & Cons of Forced Updates in Windows 10 Pros & Cons of Forced Updates in Windows 10 Updates will change in Windows 10. Right now you can pick and choose. Windows 10, however, will force updates onto you. It has advantages, like improved security, but it can also go wrong. What's more... Read More . Moreover, they are the most likely crowd to subscribe to Microsoft’s new entertainment offerings, such as the Music and Movies & TV services, offered through the Windows Store.

Have you had issues since the Get Windows 10 app was released? Or are you happy with Windows 10? Share your stories or frustrations in the comments!

  1. Th
    October 8, 2016 at 6:53 am

    To get rid of thr annoying windows 10 update, all you have to do is go to:
    Control panel,
    System and security,
    Windows update,
    Change settings (from side bar)
    AND
    UNCHECK MICROSOFT UPDATE
    (where it says "give me updates for Microsoft products...")

    • Tina Sieber
      October 8, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      Nope. This option was never related to Windows 10.

      1: The free upgrade to Windows 10 expired in August. Your Windows 7 or 8.1 computer will no longer upgrade to Windows 10, unless you actively install it.
      2: "Microsoft products" refers to Microsoft software like Office. Of course Office, meanwhile, has its own update mechanism.

  2. Marlene
    June 23, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Windows 10 automatically installed on my 8.1 laptop. Immediately after, I received warning computer was failing contact windows tech. I did. They told me I was invaded by a super virus and needed to get a security system on my machine. They gave the the 2 companies they "endorse" without my prompting. I hung up from him, thought about it, uninstalled windows 10 and my laptop is now fine. Something is afoul and afoot!

    • Tina Sieber
      June 23, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      This is the first time I hear such a report and it sounds very suspicious, Marlene. Glad that downgrading to Windows 8.1 fixed the issue for you.

      Are you running any security suite or anti-malware software right now? I'd strongly recommend to scan your computer with Malwarebytes and run an anti-virus suite like AVG, Avast, or AntiVir.

      This article is about Windows 10, but it's equally relevant for Windows 8.1: What Security Software Should You Be Using in Windows 10?
      Use the links provided in the article, so you don't accidentally download imposter software.

  3. Andrew Jackson
    June 6, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Windows 10 is an abomination to pc users everywhere. It will only get worse when the free license expires. It is spyware and bloatware to the extremes. It has a useless search feature for a useless search engine. Bing's forced integration makes the entire nation just a little bit dumber. I can't imagine a world where people are spouting off crap they read on Bing around the water cooler.

    Microsoft, fix Bing. Fix windows 10. Go be ashamed.

    • Tina Sieber
      June 8, 2016 at 1:53 am

      I hear you! Making Bing mandatory was a terrible decision. I'm hoping for third party workarounds.

      I've been joking that the free upgrade won't end on July 29. Instead the Windows 10 version you'll be offered then will be ad-supported (even more than it is now).

  4. James Cooper
    May 30, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Mine just auto loaded, I was able to revert back to Windows 7 but now I can't connect to a wired network?? Any advice before taking it in somewhere? IV wasted too many hours already

    • Tina Sieber
      May 31, 2016 at 9:20 am

      That's frustrating! I bet the troubleshooter in the Network and Sharing Center was of no help and you probably already tried to reset the network adapter. Have you tried to uninstall and reinstall the network drivers? Don't forget to reboot, sometimes this little trick does magic.

  5. Martyn Anderson
    May 27, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Window 10 downloading to my W7 laptop despite denial several times and last not using the red corner button trap. PC froze at 32% while 'Copying Files', and 'installing features and drivers' and 'Configuring settings'. After 5 hours have manually closed down, awaiting cooling down, and will open up and see if W7 can be let back in.
    Microsoft stinks, no wonder all the other gear is Apple!
    Martyn Anderson
    Jersey UK

    • Tina Sieber
      May 27, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      Sorry that you have to go through this, Martyn. Hope you won't lose any important files and can get Windows 7 back. It sucks when the upgrade fails, especially if you didn't want it in the first place. What a disaster!

  6. Kathleen
    May 23, 2016 at 6:09 am

    Windows 10 sucks!!!!!! Yes it downloaded to my Dell laptop without my permission. I am pissed. Not only does it suck but I can not even get on my laptop. I just have a wonderful color of blue/blank/black whatever you want to call it. My computer will not do anything when I do "Control/ALT/Delete" "Esc" I have shut it down nothing. Twice I hit F12 and it brought up the prompts of Hard Drive, Set up but I choose not to go into any of those due to my lack of knowledge when I am in that area. I just want Windows 7 back and my computer to work. I did see a message that popped up before the screen went blank that said "Dell Stage" not supported by Windows 10 . so I kind of think when I start computer the Dell Stage is trying to start with W10 and it just keeps looping but that still doesn't resolve my problem. Anyone have some advise???Please Thank you a little better that I was able to vent WINDOWS 10 SUCKS!!!!!!!

    • Tina Sieber
      May 26, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      Wow, that really sucks, Kathleen!

      It could be that your Dell has an old processor that's not supported by Windows 10, although in that case it should never have upgraded. Or maybe the installation went wrong. Shit happens.

      Does the Dell have a recovery disk or partition, so you can re-install Windows 7?

      Did you have any data on that computer that you didn't back up? You'd probably lose them if you re-installed. I'd get professional help if that's a concern!

  7. Teekaytee2
    April 9, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Hi there, I have followed the advice as above as windows 10 takes sooooooooo long to open up and its making my stuff unhappy. However, after cancelling my "reservation" and doing a disk clean up, restarting, the app remains on my start bar. Also, with regards to updates, windows 10 update is listed under "important" and not "recommended" so I have set updates to ask me which ones I want to update.

    Thanks for all the advice. Much appreciated. I hope this windows 10 leaves me alone now

  8. pete sadler
    March 17, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Those arrogant b********s at Microsoft started installing 10 when I was in the shower this morning. I stopped it at 30% but had to emergency shut down to stop it. On restart it took 20 minutes to restore my previous version (7) of Windows. This is Microsoft's way of making sure that your next computer is a MAC!

    Pete Sadler 17 March 2016

  9. rose boy
    September 16, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Please note the installation files are being downloaded even if you never reserved the upgrade and don't have the get windows 10 app. I have removed the app by uninstalling the update and removing the entry from startup. But the folder $Windows.~BT has about 6gb inside with installation files for windows 10. This is outrageous.

  10. Raj Menon
    September 16, 2015 at 10:56 am

    I had this problems with videos, but solved with Shark007 codecs. Otherwise, Win 10 is smoother than Win 8.1, although some software that I have been using are not compatible with it.

  11. Yodi Collins
    September 15, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    All the heavy lifting on my home network is being done on an Enterprise Dell Windows 7 laptop. Enterprise devices are ineligible for automatic upgrade to Windows 10, so I don't have an issue. Everything else in my home that can be upgraded to Windows 10 is either upgraded or awaiting the upgrade.

    Connecting the ethernet cable to an enterprise Windows 7 device may help.

  12. Blue Radient
    September 15, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Microsoft is taking the wrong approach on this they have basically made Windows 10 a virus, as this is what viruses do they get on your computer without your consent, waste bandwidth and disk space.

    I do have Windows 10 on my system because it can handle it and I chose to get it. This is what Microsoft has failed to do, is let the individual person decide if they want Windows 10 or not. Forcing people to download the new OS is just wrong, this is like someone forcing themselves into your home and redecorating it the way they like, no matter if you like it or not.

    Don't get me wrong I like windows 10 I just don't like the forcible approach that Microsoft has taken to get people to get it on their systems. Some of these systems may not be compatible or don't have the the space.

    Soldiers went to war to fight for our freedom, shouldn't that include the freedom of what we put on our computers?

    • Tina Sieber
      September 15, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Couldn't agree more.

      I have been using Windows 10 for almost a year now and have been very satisfied. I had high hopes Microsoft had finally learned their lesson. I guess not.

    • Matias
      December 8, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      "war" "The freedom of what we put in our computer" WOW!!!
      I guess you're mixing diferents kinds of freedoms here. Personally i wouldn't be bombimg people for having the freedom of "what i put in my computer"
      Totally missplaced

  13. Linda Strayer
    September 15, 2015 at 4:46 am

    I have windows 7. I checked my Windows Updates--and over 20 attempts to install upgrades to Windows 10 failed. Evidently my old Dell computer is not compatible. Phew!

  14. William Brodrick
    September 15, 2015 at 4:43 am

    I did the upgrade.. my system crashed so much, I had to uninstall, format, and reinstall windows 7.. I won't be upgrading again for a long time.

  15. Richard Gaspard
    September 15, 2015 at 4:38 am

    I have a 4 or 5 year old HP I bought at Sams. It originally came with Windows 7. I upgraded to Windows 10 pretty much loved it but for the fact that it wouldnt play vidoes. When I say videos I'm not just talking about DVD's which i also had to download a free dvd player to even play DVD's but it would play videos from you tube, videos posted on FaceBook and the WWE Network wouldnt work. when i tried to play a video lets say on you tube or one posted on facebook the screen would be green and audio very skippy to not even hearable. other than that i loved windows 10 and guess i will wait until i have to buy a new pc in about 2 or 3 years.

  16. Dj Smurf
    September 15, 2015 at 4:32 am

    "This one is about an automatic and undesired download of files without user consent" Really have you provided proof anyone has actually (with the proper settings) received "automatic and undesired download of files without user consent" Must have missed that.

    • Tina Sieber
      September 15, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      It's been reported elsewhere (links provided) and I've experienced it myself (see above).

    • Jon Green
      September 16, 2015 at 9:22 am

      I certainly have proof. My client's sysadmin made it very clear that we were not to accept the Windows 10 invitation. I didn't accept it, on either of the two systems I (solely) control. And yet, I now find C:\$WINDOWS.BT directories on both systems, containing 4.5 and 5.5 GB respectively.

      What concerns me most of all is that when I travel, I use a wi-fi hotspot with my laptop. The update system on the laptop can't tell whether it's using mobile data or corporate wi-fi - and the Windows 10 update would have no problem sucking my data allowance dry. Will Microsoft compensate me for the financial losses resulting from (1) loss of income because I suddenly can't use mobile data, and (2) subsequently increasing my allowance?

      In the UK at least, doing downloads of this size, which (given the invitation had not been accepted) were clearly unlikely to have been done with consent, are borderline for "Unauthorised acts with intent to impair, or with recklessness as to impairing, operation of computer, etc." (s.3 computer Misuse Act 1990).

  17. Owen G
    September 15, 2015 at 2:37 am

    I am using Win 7 and cannot see a line item in Disk Cleanup for Temporary Windows Installation Files. How else can I get to them?

    • g10644921
      September 15, 2015 at 3:43 am

      Run Disk Cleanup. Let it analyze your system the first time. When the menu pops up showing stuff click the button at the bottom for "Clean up System Files." This will scan your system again to include the temp windows installation files.

    • dragonsflame69
      September 15, 2015 at 4:10 am

      I have windows 7 also...
      1. click on Disk Cleanup
      2. It comes up with drives just click on OK
      3. It comes up with only partial results so you look close to the bottom on the left side of the box it says Clean up system files...click on that
      4. It comes up with full cleanup results so i put a checkmark in all the boxes and clicked ok
      5. Another box pops up and you click delete files.........all done

      • Tina Sieber
        September 15, 2015 at 2:26 pm

        Thank you for outlining the steps to Owen!

  18. Nikolaj Knudsen
    September 14, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    The OS is not being downloaded automatically. Some files are being downloaded via Windows Update to facilitate an eventual later upgrade and make it less time consuming. That is a great service by Microsoft.

    • Tina Sieber
      September 14, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      Would you agree that it's a great service if your bandwidth was negatively affected or if you maxed out on your data cap? Not everyone is on a high speed Internet connection with unlimited data.

      In my case and others, the entire 3.8 GB of Windows 10 installation files were downloaded without user consent.

      • Andrew Markham
        September 15, 2015 at 4:13 am

        If you hit your data cap downloading 3-6GB you have a bigger problem then Windows 10. You need to get a real internet provider. 3-6GB is like watching 1 HD movie on Netflix, something most people probably do not even knowing the data it uses.

        • Tina Sieber
          September 15, 2015 at 2:16 pm

          You're right if you're assuming that people have alternatives, that everyone using Windows lives in the first world with unlimited bandwidth and data. That's true for me and you, it's not true for millions of other users.

      • Andrew Markham
        September 15, 2015 at 4:14 am

        In addition, if you have automatic updates turned on in Windows you gave consent.

        • Tina Sieber
          September 15, 2015 at 2:25 pm

          I disagree.

          Windows 10 is an optional update! Yet, Microsoft categorized the respective KBs as "recommended" updates, which are treated like "important" updates on most machines; it's the default setting.

          Yes, in a way people agreed to it by trusting the default settings. Microsoft knows that most people will do that, so what they are doing here is very aggressive.

          And if someone ends up with their machine upgraded to Windows 10, without having given explicit consent I'd say it's more than aggressive, it's abusive.

          Maybe people used to aggressive behavior, sales, or marketing are OK with that. I'm not.

    • Douglas Waltz
      May 21, 2016 at 11:18 am

      This is a lie. I did nothing and now have to struggle with stopping this piece of junk.

  19. Kelsey Tidwell
    September 14, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    "But why is Microsoft in such a hurry? Extended support for Windows 7 and Windows 8 doesn’t expire until 2020 and 2023, respectively. It doesn’t matter whether one thousand or one billion users remain on either of these operating systems, Microsoft is contractually bound to provide support, i.e. ensure the integrity of these operating systems and deliver security patches.

    It’s understandable that Microsoft would like to get as many people to switch to Windows 10 as soon as possible. In this case, the end doesn’t justify the means, because the Windows 10 upgrade is not necessarily in the best interest of the customer."

    As you said, this push to update is understandable from the aspect that the "new" service model is more efficient from the developer standpoint...everyone on the same version instead of the current fragmentation. I giggle at the "new" because Google beat them to the punch with that strategy in ChromeOS quite a while back. That's a Google giggle.

    From Microsoft's POV, this is the only legal way they have of advancing that strategy. You pointed out their contractual obligations to supporting legacy code, so rather than breaking the law by dropping support for Windows X.X, just do an end run and forcibly move everyone to Windows 10. Legal, yet the business ethics are hiding in an alley. Under a box.

    Millions of dollars have undoubtedly been spent on the finest legal counsel in order to come up with this strategy. Don't doubt that there will be a Plan B and C and D...anything and everything in order to get everyone on the same page. Dating myself, I'll just say keep your pencil sharp, Tina.

    All that being said, I'm happy with my Win 10 installation. It's actually revitalized my 2010 Acer Aspire laptop. With it's greatly improved speed I can put off a replacement for another year or two. But I did figure out why I had to force the update instead of receiving an invitation from MS...no drivers for the DVD drive. Oh, well. Sooner or later the drivers will appear (as with ChromeOS), or I'll get an external drive (STILL cheaper than a new laptop).

    Have a happy day in the UK!

  20. Vince Steele
    September 14, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    I upgraded to 10 and eventually went back to 7 on the laptop. Why? Because Windows 10 and ASUS laptops just don't work together if they didn't come with 10 pre-installed. I had the same problems with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. The touch pad drivers just don't work under Windows 10 on ASUS laptops. I'm stuck with gestures and double tapping functions that can't be disabled. New driver's simply don't work. ASUS created a touch pad driver patch for Windows 8.1 that worked, but the Windows 10 patch didn't do anything at the time I tried it, and the Windows 8 patch wasn't compatible. Also, under Window 8, 8.1 and 10 there's no way to adjust the brightness of my ASUS laptop screen. It can be full on, or completely black. There was no known fix for this when I upgraded to 8, 8.1 or 10.
    Windows 10 works fine on the desktop computer although automatic update was a problem at first as it's automatically configured to restart the computer without asking for permission first, which would have caused quite a bit of data-loss had I not pressed the save button on the files I was working on just a few moments before the computer restarted unexpectedly. Luckily it was fixable and I managed to configure Windows 10 to warn me before it restarts for updates. Having the initial settings default to restarting without warning was a bit arrogant on Microsoft's part. So happy with Windows 10 on the desktop PC, but not at all on the laptop.

  21. byronknight67
    September 13, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    "Users will either be driven away from Windows or give in and upgrade." You can count me in with option 1.

    **This comment was made using Firefox with Linux Mint. If MS is keeping stats, you can add one more longtime windows user (since 3.1) to your MIA list.

  22. Rishi Singh
    September 13, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    • Tina Sieber
      September 14, 2015 at 11:09 am

      Thanks Rishi. This would have fit perfectly under another article I just wrote. This one, however, is not about Windows (10) collecting data, but about an automatic and undesired download of files without user consent, potentially followed by automatic installation of Windows 10. The article is not even about Windows 10, as much as it is about Windows 7 and 8.1. :)

  23. Peter Buyze
    September 13, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    This article is incomplete in that it does not properly tell readers to uninstall some updates such as KB 3068708 etc.
    Furthermore, it would be useful to show how people still using Win 7 & 8.can stop MS from spying on them because of Win 10 "updates" that have been "retrofitted" in Win 7 & 8.1 machines.
    This article is very un-MakeUseOf !!!

    • Tina Sieber
      September 14, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Hey Peter,

      KB3068708 (and others) relates to usage tracking and telemetry (explained previously), correct? From what I understand, this is not related to the Windows 10 upgrade and file download we are seeing here.

      We have previously described how to remove the Get Windows 10 app and related updates, which I believe are to blame here. The link to the respective article is included twice above.

      • Peter Buyze
        September 14, 2015 at 11:17 am

        OK Tina, you are right, a somewhat different issue. My apologies.

        • Max Beta
          September 14, 2015 at 2:09 pm

          Perhaps you meant KB3035583?

        • Tina Sieber
          September 14, 2015 at 2:31 pm

          Yes, that's the Get Windows 10 app I mentioned.

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