Are you running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and not feeling the love for Windows 10? It seems Microsoft is making it harder for users to opt out of upgrading.
Reports are circulating that some users are being presented with dialog boxes that only give them the option to start the upgrade process or reschedule it for a later date. Others are finding that the Windows Update screen is only offering them the option to begin the upgrade process, with other system updates being hidden from view.
Is there anything you can do to reverse this situation? Right now there isn’t. Even Josh Mayfield, the maker of the GWX Control Panel — an excellent utility that has previously allowed users to opt out of and avoid the nags to upgrade to Windows 10 — doesn’t have an answer at present.
“If you are seeing the above screen, exactly as it appears here, GWX Control Panel is not yet able to help you,” writes Mayfield, “although I am looking into whether it’s possible to fix these things through software. I do not have any recommendations at the moment, though, unfortunately.”
I’ve come across unconfirmed reports that using System Restore to take the system back to a point before September 15 will get people out of the jam, although the fly in the ointment here is that Windows 8.1 no longer generates automatic restore points by default, and they can only be created manually.
Only last month it was revealed that Microsoft was quietly downloading the Windows 10 installer files — many gigabytes in size — to users who had not asked for them, just in case they decided they wanted to upgrade.
It seems that Microsoft is desperate to get laggards who are still running Windows 7 and Windows 8 onto Windows 10, but there’s a fine line between being enthusiastic about a new operating system and behaving like you own every PC running Windows, and I think that in this case that line has been crossed.
Play3r’s Dave thinks: “MS have crossed the line here. Through my business I have the pleasure of looking after many clients both old and young, and I know that users – especially the older generation that have been running the same OS for many years – being forced to suddenly use something else without consenting will not be happy about the unwelcome change. I have helped many of them with the transition personally but I have also been there to guide them through it. Although the upgrade isn’t as bad as you might think some people don’t and won’t appreciate the forced change being thrown upon them”.