Two Soylentils wrote with a caution about a new strategy in Microsoft's playbook to get people to upgrade to Windows 10.
An Anonymous Coward writes:
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.
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.
Original Submission #1
Original Submission #2
Do your friends and loved ones a solid and use Never10 to disable the Win10 upgrade.
I've also seen recommendations for GWX Control Panel [ultimateoutsider.com]
But I should point out that most of the people affected by this are, quite ironically, those who don't want to or are afraid to change their machines around or install stuff.
Honestly, with all this abuse I seriously wonder why they even bother to even ask users in the first place? Or why they bothered with a cut-off date.
It would be interesting to see the numbers if anyone at all actually buys Windows 10 Retail after this fiasco is over.
BTW, someone needs to tell Microsoft that 1998 called. They want their "click here" dialog box hyperlink back. :P