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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.

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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by Common Joe on Saturday May 21 2016, @07:27PM

    by Common Joe (33) <reversethis-{moc ... 1010.eoj.nommoc}> on Saturday May 21 2016, @07:27PM (#349211) Journal

    I do the same except I went a couple of steps further.

    I act completely innocent and incompetent and willing to do anything for them. Meanwhile, on a virtual machine, I put a rotating set of NSFL gore photos on a windowless foreground. No icons. No start button. When they remote into the Linux VM, they can't help but see the stuff and they can't disable it. I only used it once, though. After getting harassed once or twice a month, I sprung this on them. They hung up immediately and I haven't had a phone call in two and a half months.

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 21 2016, @09:43PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 21 2016, @09:43PM (#349272)

    A recent Fortune QOTD here referenced a globe (model of the Earth), flies, and comedian Bruce Baum's old joke about messing with their heads.

    I have to admit that I've never interacted with one of those faux helpers and I'm not sure I'd have the patience to play the game, but Brad Rodriguez does and he weirded out the most recent slimeball in under 2 minutes.
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