You may well get tricked into upgrading to Windows 10.
Many people have chosen to NOT upgrade to Windows 10, opting to stay with their tried and true operating system. Until now, people have had a clear option to say NO and dismissed the upgrade pop-up messages.
Microsoft is now facing criticism for changing the way they present the Windows upgrade box; a change which is resulting in an unexpected upgrade to Windows 10 for some users.
How might you get tricked? Let’s look at the dialog box above, through the eyes of a user who does not want Windows 10.
What to click… “upgrade now”? - Nope.
The OK button? - Nope.
Hmm… I’ll just X out of this dialog box – go for the red X in the upper right hand corner.
That's the gotcha! Dismissing the pop-up shown above using the red X will result in your upgrade to Windows 10 kicking off at a “scheduled upgrade.”
Note that line below the big bold date reads: “Click here to change upgrade schedule or cancel scheduled upgrade.” Clicking the red X does not cancel the “scheduled install!”
Why does this happen? For security reasons, many people have their PC’s configured to accept recommended updates. That's good, but Microsoft has changed the Windows 10 upgrade to “recommended.” Windows 10 will install as a ‘recommended’ update, unless you click the “here” in the dialog box and take steps to cancel it.
Microsoft statement on the issue:
"With the free Windows 10 upgrade offer ending on 29 July, we want to help people upgrade to the best version of Windows."
"As we shared in October, Windows 10 will be offered as a 'recommended' update for Windows 7 and 8.1 customers whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'recommended' updates.
"Customers can choose to accept or decline the Windows 10 upgrade."
Microsoft indicates that the operating system will not install itself unattended, and users will be able to reject the upgrade or reschedule it for a time that’s more convenient. Despite such assurances from Microsoft, we’ve received multiple calls from users who returned to their unattended PC’s only to find them in the middle of a Windows 10 upgrade.
Once you’ve been upgraded to Windows 10, you can uninstall Windows 10 if you do so within 30 days.
Feel free to share this information with family and friends who may well face this message in the near future.
Unplanned Windows 10 upgrades can cause problems and have unexpected consequences impacting your business. We do see Windows 10 as an inevitability for most networks and we strongly advise that business take action now to plan for and address its impact. Microsoft’s offer to upgrade for free to Windows 10 will end on July 29, 2016.
Contact Summit Business Technologies to help map a process to ensure that your move to Windows 10 is a smooth one and avoids predicable service interruptions.