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How to escape that forced Windows 10 upgrade you mistakenly agreed to

Mark Hachman | May 25, 2016
Sadly, it's not as simple as stating.

Note that you have the option of only showing the notifications without the icon, but why would you want that? In any event, that should end Microsoft’s Windows 10 nagging for good.

Simpler solutions sought

As we’ve noted before, two third-party options pledge to block Windows 10 from being added to your computer: Never10, a simple utility, or GWX Control Panel, a more complex program that does the same thing. Both attempt to block relevant updates that force the upgrade, while allowing everything else through.

The closer we get to the end of the free upgrade period at the end of July, the more desperate Microsoft seems to be to push the installed base of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users on to Windows 10. By repurposing the close button to trigger the upgrade cycle, Microsoft is wandering close to accusations of “clickjacking,” which traditionally have used transparent windows or other trickery to launch malware or simply further the spread of Twitter worms. 

Microsoft still hasn’t said that why it chose this route, but it's not surprising that users see it as a low-down, dirty trick. It sullies the goodwill Microsoft engendered with its Insider program, the free upgrade, and its other work with the Windows community.

Neither is it helpful that there’s only a labyrinthine, complicated process for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users to opt out of Windows 10. It’s small consolation that there actually is one, however. Let’s hope it remains.

 

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