If you’re still running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you’ve most likely decided that you don’t want to upgrade to Windows 10 right now, especially if you’re reading this article. You’re probably tired of seeing Windows 10 adware on your PC.
Hell, we’re all tired of seeing Microsoft “forcing” us to move to Windows 10. After all, don’t we still have the right to choose what software runs on our PCs?
There are still very legitimate reasons to want to stick with Windows 8.1. OneDrive placeholders is one of them. The way that Windows 10 syncs OneDrive is downright embarrassing compared to how it worked in Windows 8.1.
Well, that adware is going to get worse. I know what you’re thinking. “Rich, how can it get worse than pop-ups that only give me the options to either ‘Upgrade Now’ or ‘Upgrade Tonight'”?
I’m glad you asked.
Windows 10 will now be a recommended update for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. This means that, depending on your Windows Update settings, your PC might try to automagically install Windows 10.
Don’t worry. Your PC can’t actually install Windows 10 without you explicitly telling it to. You have to agree to an end user licensing agreement (EULA) before you actually use the software. Decline the EULA and you’ll be sticking with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
Of course, it wouldn’t surprise me if mistakes end up being made. I’m sure that someone will have Windows 10 installed automatically, they’ll decline the EULA, and they’ll be locked out of their computer or something.
The safest bet is to simply hide the update, turn off automatic updates, or do whatever you have to do to make sure that thing doesn’t get installed.
NOTE: if you do turn off automatic updates, be sure to manually check for updates frequently! Not updating your PC can lead to serious security vulnerabilities!
I have to say, with Microsoft clearly doing so much to shove Windows 10 down our throats, it’s interesting to keep in mind that we just hit the halfway mark of the year that Windows 10 is a free upgrade.
Microsoft’s methods of getting people to upgrade get more and more aggressive, so it’s safe to assume that they will continue to do so as we get closer to July 29, 2016, the day that Windows 10 will no longer be a free upgrade.
Of course, my guess is that they will postpone this date. I think it only serves to create a sense of urgency.
If you’re worried about this date, there’s a simple way to get a free upgrade after July 29. Upgrade your PC before July 29, your PC will be licensed for Windows 10, roll back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, and then upgrade when you’re ready, as it’s already licensed.