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[*] Post 499354 posted on 12-11-2015 at 16:26 Reply With Quote
2nd Opinions Requested Re Accuracy Of This News Article Re MS Plans For Win 10 OS Install

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
URL: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/five-ways-microsoft-plans-to-get-you-to-upgrade-to-windows-10/#ftag=YHF87e0214

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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.
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[*] Post 499355 posted on 12-11-2015 at 18:34 Reply With Quote

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.
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[*] Post 499371 posted on 12-11-2015 at 23:10 Reply With Quote

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.
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