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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.

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.

Original Submission #1Original Submission #2

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by fishybell on Saturday May 21 2016, @04:50PM

    by fishybell (3156) on Saturday May 21 2016, @04:50PM (#349134)

    My friend called me up in panic with a "you're scheduled upgrade starts in XX minutes" message on her screen. This individual is not 100% computer savvy, but she does know that she doesn't want Windows 10 and has been successful at not getting it until this. When she said "I didn't click on anything" I assumed there was some new tricky tactic, but couldn't find any news articles about it. I didn't understand what she had done until I saw this. I guess she was at the front line of Microsoft v. The People.

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  • (Score: 2) by https on Sunday May 22 2016, @11:36PM

    by https (5248) on Sunday May 22 2016, @11:36PM (#349723) Journal

    My question is, what do we do now for these victims? There's all kinds of programs to stop GWX from working like MS wants, but what do we do to make the upgrade not happen after they have been tricked but before the upgrade occurs?

    Offended and laughing about it.