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posted by martyb on Saturday May 21 2016, @03:17PM   Printer-friendly
from the when-'no'-means-'yes' dept.

Two Soylentils wrote with a caution about a new strategy in Microsoft's playbook to get people to upgrade to Windows 10.

If you Click on the Red "X", You're Getting the Windows 10 Upgrade

That pesky Windows 10 forceware box...

This notification means your Windows 10 upgrade will occur at the time indicated, unless you select either Upgrade now or "Click here to change upgrade schedule or cancel scheduled upgrade". If you click on OK or on the red "X", you're all set for the upgrade and there is nothing further to do.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3095675

New Windows 10 Nag Screen May Trick 7, 8.x Users

Windows 7 or 8.x users that want or need to hold on to their current operating systems may be in for a very unpleasant surprise. Microsoft has essentially changed their Windows 10 update notification from a very pushy "opt-in" to an "opt-out". The new notification automatically schedules a time to receive Windows 10. Clicking the "X", as many have gotten used to, no longer prevents installation. Those that do not pay close attention to this new notification may inadvertently wind up with Windows 10 even if they did not want it. Very sneaky stuff.

Microsoft has published an offical article describing the changes.


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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 21 2016, @03:41PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 21 2016, @03:41PM (#349104)

    Windows 10 is creeping into computers like ivy. I had to stop Win 10 for a client on Thursday on a Win 7 computer that has never had a single Windows update and has had 'Check for Updates' turned off since it was set up. The Windows 10 warning said it was installing automatically on Friday.
    - The dates of 'Most recent check for updates' and 'Updates were installed' were 'Never'.
    - The 'View update history' was empty.
    - CWX Control Panel found the 'Get Windows 10' running.

    How can this be? Surely Microsoft doesn't reach out to computers on its own, does it?

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  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 21 2016, @04:28PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 21 2016, @04:28PM (#349125)

    Why not? It's their property.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 21 2016, @06:05PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 21 2016, @06:05PM (#349167)

      Because privacy?
      Because stability?
      Because it is not what the customer paid for?

  • (Score: 2) by GungnirSniper on Saturday May 21 2016, @05:35PM

    by GungnirSniper (1671) on Saturday May 21 2016, @05:35PM (#349152) Journal

    Running certain utilities like the Windows Update reset script can also remove that update history data, and I would imagine some antivirus software has tools to reset the settings by user command.

    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 21 2016, @09:00PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 21 2016, @09:00PM (#349255)

      They only use it for QuickBooks and I get a call every time it does anything out of the ordinary. They are scared to use it for anything other than QB and only have it connected to the network to be able to print (they don't access the internet from the computer). And yet it must phone home often enough to have received the assimilation orders from the mother ship.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 21 2016, @07:00PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 21 2016, @07:00PM (#349186)

    I think you mean Kudzu.

  • (Score: 2) by SDRefugee on Sunday May 22 2016, @01:17AM

    by SDRefugee (4477) on Sunday May 22 2016, @01:17AM (#349329)

    Windows 10 is like an STD.. Like a CTD.. Computer-Transmitted Disease...

    --
    America should be proud of Edward Snowden, the hero, whether they know it or not..
  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 22 2016, @06:11AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 22 2016, @06:11AM (#349429)

    Are you really trying to claim Windows 7 had, from its initially release, a built in backdoor that Microsoft can use to push whatever it wants (and is risking its discovery to push Win10) or a timed program that would attempt to install an unnamed, undeveloped OS at a specific point in time 7 years in the future? Fuck off. I find it highly more likely that your Win7 admins skills suck or you're simply lying.

    Why are you guys modding the parent up?