In the past weeks Microsoft has been forcing people to upgrade to Windows 10.
Before the launch of Windows 10 you might have seen an application on your computer called Get Windows 10 (pictured above). The idea originally was to make it easy for people to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8.1. It gave you the ability to choose whether you wanted to upgrade or not. It also gave you the ability to see if your computer could take Windows 10.
Only this week this “app” which was supposed to give you a way to opt out of the upgrade is beginning to seem a lot like a piece of malware.
As you can see in this screenshot you have a notification saying that you have a scheduled upgrade to Windows 10.
You can also see that there is a big OK button to accept it. There is also a button where you can just say “Forget it, I want to upgrade now!”. There is basically no way to opt out of upgrading. The only way to put it off is to click where it says “click here to change upgrade schedule” and most people might find it hard to see or click that link.
But wait, there’s more! If you click on the X in the top right-hand corner that closes this box then you would think that would cancel the upgrade. Instead, by clicking on the X you are accepting the Windows 10 upgrade.
So why does this even matter? Well, think about the average Windows 7 or Windows 8 user who is not tech savvy and has been used to using their computer the way they do right now. They will most probably see this and hit OK. They will then wake up the next morning and they will be upgraded to Windows 10 behind their back!
I should say at this point something out here: I think that Windows 10 is a really good operating system. I just think that the way Microsoft have handled the upgrade process for users is wrong. This actually goes against Microsoft’s own design principles. I also think that it should be up to the user as whether or not they want to upgrade. Microsoft said that they had a goal of having 1 billion devices on Windows 10 in 2-3 years of releasing Windows 10 to the masses. Is it right to basically do this by forcing a free upgrade on people? The answer is no.
So, this brings up a question: Is there a way around this? The answer is yes! There is a really good and free software tool called Never10(pictured above). After you have downloaded it, you open Never 10 up and then in one click you can disable future upgrades to Windows 10. There is no installation required, you just download it, run it, click the button and you are done! With that said you have about 2 months from now to decide whether or not to upgrade. If you do you can just run Never 10 to enable Windows 10 upgrades.
Have you been caught out by this forced Windows 10 upgrade? Let me know in the comments!