Uncalled for Windows 10 upgrade leaves users in bad taste

Well, Windows 10 has been out there in the market for quite some time now. Its performance has been wonderful still not all Windows-lovers are keen on upgrading to it as they seem to be content with their current Windows-platform.

Still, ever since its release, there have been incessant complaints of users that Microsoft upgraded their computers to Windows 10 and it continues to do so. The complaints are mainly coming from Windows 7 and 8.1 customers who are not really pleased with the forced upgrade, that too without prior notification.

Now it has been weeks since the reports arriving on Windows 10 upgrades coming all out of sudden. Even on Reddit and Twitter, these reports have been doing the rounds for quite some time. The complaints are coming from users that they never approved or initiated the upgrade and despite that, they were forced away from their Windows 7 (or perhaps Windows 8) installs.

However, it could actually be a part of Microsoft’s plan as last year before the release, the company had made an announcement that it’s going to reclassify Windows 10 as a Recommended update from older versions. This was planned to start in early 2016 at during that time several users were getting the upgrade without clear permission. Then the reclassification began on February 1 and since then the rollout has been on full swing.

Well, the Recommended update appears something like this. To start with users receive a notification that says their PCs are scheduled to receive Windows 10 in the coming three or four days. Next, users can click a small link so that the update could be canceled or postponed. However, if the windows are simply closed then the notification is going to appear again one hour before the scheduled update time. In case the users fail to cancel or postpone within that timeframe, the update is going to begin automatically.

At that specific point, you can back out of the Windows 10 update clicking Decline the End User License Agreement that appears during the installation. As this action is taken, the system will roll back to the previous Windows version. However, this will take a lot of time.

Meanwhile, the users who haven’t yet upgraded can avoid installing Windows 10. Just simply go to Windows Update in the Control Panel and uncheck the box under Recommended updates that says Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates. Doing this will prevent Microsoft from sending upgrade reminders in the future.

Well, if you are at home then it is all a different experience for you. Like if you don’t keep a tab on PC-centric news sites and without you even realizing, Microsoft would upgrade PCs to Windows 10 automatically. Now despite Microsoft’s claims that users are totally in control of the Upgradation process, this doesn’t seem to be true. The hullabaloo indicates the fact that either company has failed or it felt it was not really necessary to inform the users of the big shift. Needless to say, Windows 10 is wonderful, but this lame strategy is doing no good to the name.

I hope Microsoft takes appropriate action for the same.

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