If you have Windows 7 or Windows 8 you probably have noticed all the prompts and emails advising you to upgrade to Windows 10. Following two months of launching the upgrade Microsoft has admitted to automatically trying to install itself onto your PC.
So what’s going on? As indicated by Microsoft the flaw lies with a bug in a automatic update it started launching to Windows 7 and Windows 8 clients in August which set off the attempted auto installations. Microsoft didn’t tell which particular update it was, however affirmed it left error code “0×80240020” (now recorded as ‘080240020’) in Windows log files when the update eventually failed.
Back in September Microsoft confessed to downloading Windows 10 onto every Windows 7 and Windows 8 system. Then in October when these downloads stated installing without the users permission Microsoft stated that it was an “accident”. Now this “accident” has been confirmed as a secret test as Microsoft has come forward and stated that upgrades to Windows 10 aare about to take place sometime next year in 2016.
As the upgrades all happened quietly and out of sight, those affected would only know once they restarted their PC. For those PCs where the upgrade started but then failed in the background (evidently a high extent of them did) they’d be unaware without checking their installation history in the middle of August and November
Now Windows 10 has been re-classed as an “Optional” update for Windows 7 and 8. Users who have automatic updates enabled will find that the Windows 10 installation process will begin automatically and they will need to manually cancel it to avoid upgrading.
“Depending upon your Windows Update settings, this may cause the upgrade process to automatically initiate on your device,”
– Terry Myerson, Windows and Devices Group Executive Vice President
In early 2016 Microsoft will reclassify windows 10 as a “recommended update. If you are PC savvy then you know that “Recommended” updates are downloaded and installed automatically in windows 7 and 8. This means the vast majority of users will find Windows 10 on their machines when they boot up or restart their systems.
I tried to rollback Windows 10 to Windows 7 on my PC and the process did not work. I had to reformat and reinstall Windows 7. Windows 10 is forcing itself onto your PC and no you can’t stop it.