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[Ars/TV] Windows 10 will be automatically downloaded to Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines next year

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Early next year, it will be categorized as a "Recommended Update." This is significant, because it means that systems that are configured to download and install recommended updates—which for most people is the safest option—will automatically fetch the upgrade and start its installer. The installer will still require human intervention to actually complete—you won't wake up to find your PC with a different operating system—but Windows users will no longer need to actively seek the upgrade.

Myerson says Microsoft’s current plan involves it only presenting this dialog once to end users. Windows 10 will automatically download and start the upgrade process, depending on your Windows Update settings, but you can opt out and not receive nagging prompts to update. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users on a metered connection will have to turn off automatic updates to prevent the Windows 10 installer from downloading automatically.


Source 1: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/10/windows-10-will-be-made-an-automatic-recommended-update-early-next-year/
Source 2: http://www.theverge.com/2015/10/29/9639414/microsoft-windows-10-automatic-update-recommended
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That's it. Linux time.
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So much for not being desperate.
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Didn't this already happen, but then MS pretended they'd accidentally categorized the update as recommended and switched it back?
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Didn't this already happen, but then MS pretended they'd accidentally categorized the update as recommended and switched it back?

Ars touched on this subject but I didn't include it in the OP because I didn't want the OP to be gigantic:
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This mirrors an accidental change that Microsoft did earlier this month. The Windows 10 upgrade was showing up for some people as a recommended update and the installer started automatically.

That surprise change wasn't very popular, so why is Microsoft going to do the same thing again? Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices group, told us that Microsoft has fielded a huge number of support requests from people running Windows 7 and Windows 8 who want the upgrade but for one reason or another did not opt in to the reservation system. Pushing the upgrade out through Windows Update for everyone will make it a lot more accessible. The upgrade notifications will also be made clearer and more compelling. Myerson's belief is that by communicating this plan before the change is made, the unhappiness that the accidental change provoked can be avoided. Anyone who doesn't want the upgrade will have plenty of time to disable automatic updates between now and the new year.
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Hopefully you have to have admin privileges to say yes to windows 10, just imagine all the businesses accidentally installing windows 10 on things like cash registers during business hours; the upgrade to windows 10 popup is quite annoying, I could see it happening. Not like they can disable windows updates either, the security updates are pretty essential to avoid some amount of exploitation. Not exactly the most business friendly option they had available, but I guess the IT departments are going to accept the changes and do it during hours that won't kill a work day; I guess it helps that it downloads windows 10 already....
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lol, why won't they just stop?
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Updating Windows has become the greatest security threat.
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That is why people hate windows 10.
Not because it's better or not. But because it is forced on them.

If microsoft did a "it is better" campaign. Just show what is good about it, how it will benefit people, without trying to shove it into their throats, things would have been a lot better.
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Automatic updates are off ever since this whole W10 fiasco.
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