Over the past month Microsoft has been getting aggressive with their Windows 10 “auto-upgrades”. We call it an auto-upgrade because the user doesn’t seem to have a choice on the upgrade. They will walk away from their PC and when they come back they’ve been upgraded without doing anything to start the process.
We’re sticking with your recommendation: If you have Windows 7, stick with Windows 7 until 2020, when Windows 7 comes to end-of-life. If you have Windows 8, go ahead and upgrade to Windows 10. Microsoft is giving a deadline of July 29, 2016 as the date of the upgrade being free, so do it before then.
There’s been some adverse consequences for Microsoft for the auto-upgrades. Some might say these were costly in nature for Microsoft. Because of this, Microsoft has throttled back on their forcefulness in installing the upgrade, however, this is not been 100% true so far.
Remember, you do have 30 days to go back to the previous operating system, but the reversal doesn’t always work.
Because of this, we’re recommending the following install: Go to www.grc.com/Never10.htm and select the green “Download Now” button. Download the small file, and then go open it. This will open up a window that will have to options on it. The writing initially will be in a ref font and will read “Windows 10 Upgrade is ENABLED for this system!”. Click on the button at the bottom of the window that reads “Disable Win10 Upgrade”. The writing will change to “Windows 10 Upgrade is DISABLED for this system!” in green font. By saving the file, you can always go back if you want to upgrade to Windows 10.
If you’ve been upgraded, and things aren’t working anymore, give us a call. Some programs are NOT compatible with Windows 10, so be prepared to upgrade if you’ve been upgraded and you can’t go back.