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Windows 10 Upgrade Installs Automatically on Some Win 7 & 8 PCs
Windows 10 Upgrade Installs Automatically on Some Win 7 & 8 PCs
By Dan Heilman / CRM Daily Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
If that pesky "Get Windows 10" symbol in your task bar annoys you, you might want to be thankful that’s all you have to deal with when it comes to Microsoft’s push of its new operating system. Microsoft has confirmed that a number of Windows 10 upgrades have been performed on Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines without the permission of their owners.

This follows on last month's revelation that a Windows 10 installer had been automatically downloading onto Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines even when users had chosen not to upgrade.

The tech Web site Ars Technica discovered that Microsoft had changed the "optional" upgrade status of Windows 10 without letting any customers know. The result was that a Windows Update message contained an already-checked box next to "Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro." That meant a user’s computer could automatically upgrade to Windows 10 the next time an important update was installed.

Acting on Its Own?

Users did have to opt in to a point by clicking the Get Started notification prior to the update notice. The installer does require the user to tell it to proceed. But for many users, unchecking the Windows 10 upgrade box would only take them back to the Get Started box every time they manually updated their operating systems. Getting around this meant going into the Settings menu of Windows Update.

Users have also noticed that removing the "Get Windows 10" come-on from their task bars requires a multi-step process that must be repeated every time they restart their computers. For the first year of its availability, Windows 10 is free for most Windows 7 and 8 users.

Previously, when upgrading to Windows 10 was purportedly optional, the persistent need to opt out of the operating system upgrade raised eyebrows. Some users have said Windows Update will download the large operating system installer file without being asked, and others have reported that their computers are downloading the installer file as well as starting the installation process automatically.

Just a Mistake

Microsoft confirmed Ars Technica’s findings, but maintained that the phantom upgrade was not implanted purposely.

"As part of our effort to bring Windows 10 to existing genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers, the Windows 10 upgrade may appear as an optional update in the Windows Update (WU) control panel," according to Microsoft. "This is an intuitive and trusted place people go to find Recommended and Optional updates to Windows. In the recent Windows update, this option was checked as default; this was a mistake and we are removing the check."

But was it really an accident? Technology reporter Woody Leonhard wrote this week that a screenshot he took last Friday showed that the box allowing the upgrade to Windows 10 was already checked when he opened Windows Update. That meant the over-insistent upgrade started running last week, and wasn’t fixed until late this week, Leonhard said.

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Posted: 2015-10-16 @ 4:52pm PT
Come on, there's plenty of smart IT people out there knowing every single move Microsoft makes 24/7. Please don't force me Microsoft. Ask me. That's what I want from this mega vendor.

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