Recent headlines suggest that Microsoft is upgrading system to Windows 10, whether or not users want the new OS.
Moving from Win7 or Win8.1 to Windows 10 isn’t mandatory. Here’s how to continue running the operating system you want.
How Windows 10 is being pushed to systems
As never before, Microsoft is clearly working hard to get consumers moved to the newest version of Windows. Currently, that’s anyone running Win7 or Win8.1. (Windows 8.0 systems must be upgraded to Win8.1 before they’re eligible for the free Win10.)
On my test Win8.1, the Get Windows 10 icon has been sitting on the taskbar for a while, and every now and then a notification (see Figure 1) pops up telling me that the system will support Win10 and is eligible for the free upgrade. I’ve never clicked on the options to let the upgrade proceed immediately, schedule it for and overnight install, or set a specific time. I’ve merely let the icon sit on the taskbar and waited to see whether Microsoft forces the upgrade. So far, nothing unexpected has happened.
On the other hand, there are numerous frightening posts on the Web about Win10 upgrades that were unasked for (see for example, a Kotaku story). Possibly the best description of how this might work is a Mary Jo Foley ZDNet article — better than anything I’ve seen on a Microsoft site.
In short, here’s what should happen:
- A notification will pop up on your PC, stating that the upgrade is scheduled. At that point, you’ll have the option to reschedule or cancel.
- A few days before the upgrade is scheduled to start, you’ll get an alert with the scheduled time.
- A final reminder pops up an hour before the Win10 upgrade begins.
Here’s how those “forced” upgrade might have occurred. If you ignore the previous notifications and you happen to step away from the running PC just before that final warning, the installation process will begin.