Warning if you have Windows 7 or 8

WindowsUpdate - Forced upgrade to Windows 10

Microsoft is forcing the upgrade to Windows 10 which could potentially cause you to loose time, data, passwords (you should be using Roboform) and slow the internet while it downloads the massive files – without your permission. This update will suddenly shut down your computer, locking you out if you are working on stuff while it does its thing.

People allow Microsoft to install recommended updates because they trust the company to keep their PCs safe by installing bug and security fixes automatically. They don’t — and rightly so — expect the software giant to download a massive 3.5GB+ file in the background and then attempt to change the operating system they use — the operating system they paid good money for — into something entirely different.
From http://betanews.com/2016/02/02/microsoft-forcing-windows-10-onto-people-is-wrong/

I myself am sticking with Windows 7 for as long as possible on my desktop.

What’s become increasingly obvious over the past six months is that Microsoft is hell-bent on converting everyone to Windows 10, no matter what. The company hasn’t just increased the volume of its recommendation, but the ways in which it attempts to enforce that recommendation as law. From stealth downloads to deceptive presentation, the entire point of the Windows 10 GWX application is to leave users thinking they must upgrade.
From http://www.extremetech.com/computing/219541-microsoft-takes-the-gloves-off-on-pushing-windows-10-upgrades

If you want to avoid it auto upgrading, you can download ‘GWX Control Panel’ from http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/ .

This is a free tool that can remove and disable the ‘Get Windows 10’ notification area icon on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Recent versions can also disable ‘Upgrade to Windows 10’ behavior in the Windows Update control panel and do much more.

After installing, all you need to do is”Click to Prevent Windows 10 Upgrades” as seen below.

WindowsUpdate-GWXControlPanel

Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments.

Karissa

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