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Old 24-05-2016, 17:22   #1 (permalink)
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Microsoft accused of Windows 10 upgrade "nasty trick"

Microsoft accused of Windows 10 upgrade "nasty trick"

Microsoft has faced criticism for changing the pop-up box encouraging Windows users to upgrade to Windows 10.

Clicking the red cross on the right hand corner of the pop-up box now activates the upgrade instead of closing the box.

And this has caused confusion as typically clicking a red cross closes a pop-up notification

The upgrade could still be cancelled, when the scheduled time for it to begin appeared, Microsoft said

The change occurred because the update is now labelled "recommended" and many people have their PCs configured to accept recommended updates for security reasons.

This means dismissing the box does not dismiss the update.

Brad Chacos, senior editor at the PC World website, described it as a "nasty trick".

"Deploying these dirty tricks only frustrates long-time Windows users who have very valid reasons to stick with operating systems they already know and love," he wrote.

Microsoft said: "With the free Windows 10 upgrade offer ending on 29 July, we want to help people upgrade to the best version of Windows.

"As we shared in October, Windows 10 will be offered as a 'recommended' update for Windows 7 and 8.1 customers whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'recommended' updates.

"Customers can choose to accept or decline the Windows 10 upgrade."

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I have clicked the red X many times and the panel just went away but I did not get any attempt of a download.
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Colin - if you don't want Windows 10 there is a tool that you can download free that will ensure that you can get rid of the files if your computer has already downloaded them (my laptop did not, but my desktop had) and also monitor your computer and will alert you if any windows 10 files contaminate it.

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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. See the user guide at the Ultimate Outsider blog.

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Graham, I did not try the Ultimate Outsider as the invitation panel for Win 10 no longer appears. And as far as I can see nothing has downloaded.
Would the Norton Anti Virus not keep it out?
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Graham, I did not try the Ultimate Outsider as the invitation panel for Win 10 no longer appears. And as far as I can see nothing has downloaded.
Would the Norton Anti Virus not keep it out?
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Just because it dose not appear dose not mean that you'll never see it again - unless it pops up while you are distracted and you return to find windows 10 on your machine. Norton will not pick it up as it is not a virus, but GWX will, and you can set it not to allow the Windows 10 pop up to appear.

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PS. Have you stopped posting Photos, haven't seen any for awhile.
Yes. Not taken anything that would be of interest for some time.
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