Microsoft is raping Windows 7 and Windows 8 user machines with forced auto-installs of Windows 10. That’s according to various reports surfacing, indicating that Microsoft is penetrating the safe space of your OS without your intentional consent.
According to a report from CNET, you may end up allowing Microsoft to have the keys to the bedroom of your operating system whenever they show pop-ups trying to force you to upgrade to Windows 10. The article states…
“Instead of simply giving you the option to install its latest operating system (or not), Microsoft now automatically schedules a date and time to update your PC to Windows 10. If you don’t want the software update or if you want to change the installation date, you have to take deliberate action: manually click a link in the message, then choose to reschedule it or cancel it altogether.”
This is some next-level privacy intrusion; literally taking the agency out of the hands of users in order to force them to climb up the software enterprise ladder, whether users want to or not.
According to a spokesperson from Microsoft, they told CNET…
“We updated Windows 10 to a ‘Recommended’ update for Windows 7 & 8.1 customers whose Windows settings are configured to accept ‘Recommended’ updates on Thursday, May 12, 2016,”[…] “We added the additional notification based on user feedback and to ensure customers had an opportunity to change or cancel the schedule for the upgrade to Windows 10.”
It’s a good thing I never turn on recommended updates.
But what about anyone unfortunate enough to have left the setting alone so that their OS has the most up-to-date features and security settings? Well, you might have left your computer as Windows 7 only to find that Microsoft will have climbed through the digital window and forcibly taken your OS through upgrade puberty, so when you return you’ll have a fully matured Windows 10 machine.
Microsoft is forcing Windows 10 onto systems through the “Recommended” upgrade feature as a way to help push toward their goal of getting a billion registered Windows 10 systems (including smart phones, tablets and the Xbox One) within the span of three years since its debut. So by 2018 they’ll need to gain 700 million more registered units, considering that they’ve only managed 300 million so far.
According to BetaNews, Windows 10 only makes up for 14.35% of OS market share, with Windows 7 making up for 48% of the pie, and Apple’s OS X makes up for 9.19%. As the numbers show, Windows 10 is not quite as ubiquitous as Microsoft wants, so they’re going to try to take the market share as they see fit, whether users consent or not.
What’s more is that Tom’s Hardware is reporting that if you keep trying to opt out of the upgrade you’ll receive the notices every couple of hours until you take steps to either cancel the upgrade or find out that the upgrade has already commenced before you’ve had time to catch Microsoft from taking your computer’s Windows 10 virginity.
As pictured in the image above, if you get the pop-up notice and you don’t want your computer to go through any unnecessary changes, just click on the “Click here” link within the pop to reschedule or cancel the scheduled auto-update for Windows 10.
Now there is an upside to all of these back-alley, OS ravaging at the hands of Microsoft: they only have until July 29th, 2016 to rape your current OS and replace it with Windows 10. After July 29th the free upgrade period ends and you’ll have to pay to make the switch.
This means that if you can navigate through the pop-ups, keep Microsoft from climbing through your window during the day and popping the cherry of your Windows 7 or Windows 8 system, and you can manage to avoid the auto-scheduler from luring your OS around the corner into the unmarked van with the words “Free Upgrade” scribbled across the side, all the way through July 29th, you’ll be home free. You and your computer can then enjoy a life free from the meddling, groping digital hands of Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade.
If you don’t mind losing access to some software that’s incompatible with Windows 10, and if you enjoy seeing your computer get plowed by forceful upgrades or you don’t mind watching Microsoft stream through your front door and have their way with your machine, then by all means all you have to do is let those virtual pillagers plow through your system like a wrecking ball through a concrete wall.
It’s a real shame that it’s come to users having to fend off their operating system as if they’re a parent walking their kid through a virtual playground where a software molester pops out from behind a tree every couple of hours to ask your kid… “Hey, you want a free upgrade?”