Short Bytes: It’s a well-established fact that Microsoft is desperate to install Windows 10 on your PCs. To achieve its goal of 1 billion Windows 10 devices in “two to three years”, the company has been aggressively pushing the new OS. In the latest development, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users are now seeing a pop-up that just gives you an option to “Upgrade now” and “Start download, upgrade later”.
If you are running Windows 7 or 8.1, there’s a good probability that you might have encountered the Get Windows 10 pop-up. In the earlier version of this upgrade pop-up, users got an option to delay the download of installation media. Unfortunately, finding a way to stop Windows 10 from downloading has become much tougher.
Earlier the upgrade pop-up was a small box that asked you to hit the install button. Now the same box has transformed into an almost full-screen pop-up with just “Upgrade now” and “Start download, upgrade later” buttons.
As a fair argument, there is a tiny X button at the top right corner. But, having two large options on the pop-up page seems a bit misleading and looks like a trick to lure less tech-savvy PC users into upgrading their operating system.
I’ve compared these pop-ups to malware because it’s the same technique used by malicious websites and spammers to mislead the users.
However, Microsoft is already planning to roll-out Windows 10 as a recommended update from early 2016. What does this mean? Well, if you have switched on the automatic upgrades on your Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PC, Windows 10 will automatically start downloading on your computers without your permission.
Here’s an advice from fossBytes — 2016 is already here, update your Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs carefully.