It looks like some of you Windows 10 hold-outs and Windows 7/8-8.1 die-hards will be forced to try out the newest flavor of Windows, Windows 10 sooner rather than later. A number of users are reporting that Windows Update is forcing them to update to Windows 10.
Debuting in July, the newest Windows rollout was one of the smoothest experiences to date, but not without its flaws. In the time since, we’ve seen a major update or two to the OS, which squashes bugs and tweaks various things but installing the OS has been a choice left to the user. Not anymore it would seem as some users are seeing a notice in the control panel saying the “upgrade to Windows 10 is ready” that prompts users to restart their PCs to begin the install. Other uses are saying that they see a countdown timer for the Windows 10 installation with only one option to reschedule the update, but no way to call-off the upgrade.
Those tactics were first reported by Josh Mayfield. He’s the gentleman whose GWX stopper program was built to eliminate the Windows 10 update notifications. This isn’t the first time that the Windows 10 adoption technique has made the news, with some users reporting similar tactics earlier in the infancy of Windows 10. Microsoft has said that it does, indeed, download the upgrade files to a user’s computer without their permission, so it’s not too much of a leap to think that a required update could be the next step.
Microsoft has yet to comment on the mandatory upgrade dilemma. But we’ll update the story when it does. While I personally like Windows 10, forcing users to install it over giving them an option seems a bit silly. Are you using Windows 10? Have you held out with an older version? Let us know in the comments section below or on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.