Microsoft to get pushy about upgrading to Windows 10

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.

In both cases, users will be prompted to choose whether to install Windows 10, Terry Myerson, chief of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, said in a blog post. 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. 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. While Windows 10 has seen good reviews and one of the best launches for a Windows version since Windows 98 in terms of compatibility with existing devices and software, automatic downloads may cause issues, particularly for those short of storage space or on metered internet connections. “If you are on a metered connection on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, then you have the option of turning off automatic updates. 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. Should the user decline the installation of Windows 10 after it has been downloaded the update will not be automatically deleted, meaning it will sit on a user’s computer taking up storage space.

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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