Microsoft makes it easier to upgrade to Windows 10, even for pirates

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Microsoft makes it easier to upgrade to Windows 10, even for pirates.

Microsoft’s efforts to entice users to upgrade to Windows 10 will soon see it automatically downloaded on to users computers without their knowledge. The company Thursday announced that some users of the operating system’s previous two versions may see the new software downloaded automatically early next year, depending on their update settings. Users will be able to decline the update, once the installer has started, or prevent the update from being downloaded by manually blocking it in Windows update. But the propensity of users to simply hit “OK” or accept when faced with a prompt in the middle of doing something else, will likely see users just blindly hit OK and unknowingly installing Windows 10, preventing access to the computer while the instalment completes. Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices group said: “If you choose to upgrade (our recommendation!), then you will have 31 days to roll back to your previous Windows version if you don’t love it.” Currently Windows 10 automatically downloads on to the computers of those running Windows 7 or 8 who have registered interest in the new version of Windows.

With Windows 10, which Microsoft released as a free update advertised to most existing Windows users, some users have worried that the Redmond company would make the software a compulsory upgrade, or ultimately charge a subscription fee. This will always require a confirmation from the user, Microsoft explains, and even if you change your mind, your old operating system (apps and settings included) will remain saved for 31 days should you decide to go back. The company seems to want to find a way of bringing in users of pirated Windows versions and give them an opportunity to simply buy a legal Windows key and become a user of genuine Windows 10. In the early days of Windows 10, we had mentioned why Microsoft should embark on such a move to push for aggressive adoption rates of its most important release till date.

This does not mean that users with pirated versions of Windows will get a free upgrade; they’ll still have to purchase a Genuine activation code, but this process will make it easier. Microsoft is running this option as a test for users in the United States; if it turns out to be successful, the company will expand it to other regions as well.

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