2nd Opinions Requested Re Accuracy Of This News Article Re MS Plans For Win 10 OS Install:
i. e., has anyone come across this on some other tech type article/blog/whatever that would tend to confirm this Tech Republic article has it 'right'.
From Tech Republic article dated 10/30/15
PARTIAL Verbatim Copy & Paste:
Microsoft wants Windows 10 on one billion devices by 2018 - and its tactics for hitting that ambitious goal are about to get more aggressive.
From next year, Microsoft will be more direct in pushing Windows 7 and 8.1 users to upgrade to its latest OS, in an attempt to bolster the 110 million-strong Windows 10 userbase.
Here's how Microsoft is about to crank up the pressure to make the switch.
1. Windows 10 will automatically begin installing itself
From "early next year", Microsoft will change the status of the free Windows 10 upgrade so it is classified as a Recommended Update.
Given that most home machines are set up to install Recommended Updates automatically, the change to Windows 10's update status will lead to most Windows 7 and 8.1 machines beginning the upgrade.
However, Microsoft says that before Windows 10 is installed users will need to manually confirm the installation, giving them a chance to pull out.
Business users should be able to prevent the upgrade from automatically starting using tools such as Windows Server Update Services.
It's true, to a large extent. If you're on W7, check the "critical" updates you've installed, recently. Particularly the "Telemetry" ones.
They'll do what they did with XP, sooner than they promised, too, I suspect, and discontinue support for it. Or, perhaps, discontinue it, if you don't have those updates?
They admit that they're gonna push them, here:
Some good comments, on that, here:
One way to stop it, totally (Until they override it):
In the "run" thingy, type "gpedit.msc" and hit "Enter" (Group Policy Editor)
Go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update.
In the list of settings, find "Turn off the upgrade to the latest version of Windows through Windows Update".
Double-click it and set it to "Enabled".
This setting was originally meant to be set by administrators in multiple-system business environments, where random ugrades to Windows 10 could wreak even more havoc than in single-user situations. This means that Microsoft is unlikely to ever remove this option (Possibly) and that this setting will PROBABLY remain the most effective way to block uninvited upgrades.
I'm not certain that gpedit is even available to you unless you are running Ultimate or Enterprise, Katzy. Even Enterprise I am unsure of.
FYI: For my Win 7 OS Home Premium 32 Bit:
"gpedit.msc": in Run/Command Prompt-Nothing occurs
For "Group Policy Editor" via a 3rd party File Search program: NO gpedit.exe file was found. BUT did get several hits one of which is "gpedit.CHM" [for those unfamiliar with the "chm" file extensions, those are a program's help files]. Put gpedit.chm in Search (under the Start button) and got the following in the attached image file. Was able to put as per line 1 in Command Prompt, and got a program that was COMPLETELY devoid of anything re files/etc.,. I suppose one answer (as to why that occurred) COULD be that the default install for Win 7 doesn't install that, which if I wanted to do the work, I could go through the usual Win process for adding non-default OS programs [from the install OS CD which I own].
Se my post above, Jack, policy editor is not available.
Ah, but it can be.
Google is your friend, and, of course two other critical factors.
1. knowing that it is capable of doing what you ask
2. Asking the right questions.
There are several sites which I tend to visit, from time to time, just to keep abreast of things.
http://www.ghacks.net for instance.
I like to let others find problems and get solutions, before I install most things, such as W10. I was weaned off of the "OO! A new one! Must try it!" thing, years ago. Windows ME cemented that.
I tend to be the same, Katzy. I actually skipped versions of OS only because they offered little advantage. I never did install W8 on any of my
machines and W10 went onto my lappy first as a test. It ran happily there for several weeks, so I then set up my print server (which was even lower
spec than the lappy) and it ws happy there. Wife's PC a couple of weeks later. Then my main PC which has all the critical stuff on it only about
three weeks ago.
I like W10 and (until my media server issues) have found it to be a good system. With my media server, I still haven't decided if the problems are hardware or software, so the Jury is still out on that one.
My first Windows experience, which I suffered when my Amiga finally died, was 98SE.
W2K was, probably, the best OS, for it's time, that M$ ever came out with. XP was W2K with eye candy, for the most part, but it was way better at installing drivers. W7 was a step in the right direction, which W8 really screwed up. I never even bothered a try that one out, after reading how well it went down.
W10 went on my test machine, as has been mentioned. It stayed there for a month, when I took advantage of the W7 rollback. Unless things change drastically, W7 will be the very last Windows version I ever use, as M$ say that W10 will be their last ever OS.
To a large extent, M$ have always given us what they want us to have, rather than what we actually want. But, W10 takes that to a whole new level. Best advert for Linux, ever.
My first efforts upon installing Windoze is turning off all the "self" help features.
From what M$ have said, they'll just update W10 to handle that.
I suspect that Android may well become the OS of the future.
Yet we all know the privacy problems that has...
By the way, to kill all the telemetry rubbish, on W7, you can run the attached.
Worked, for me!
The easiest way to kill all M$ telemetry is to unplug the modem. Might cause a few other issues, though.
I've totally disabled updates, now, from the service up. My security MIGHT get compromised. But, hey, M$ already did that, so...
For a more indepth analysis of how to turn off the updates have a read here
Silly, innit. How long before they capitulate and put things back as they were, in previous versions? Useful link, though, ta!