Even if it is, however, there’s still a larger issue — specifically, the people this upgrade is going to hit are those who are the least likely to know it’s coming.
There’s no way this doesn’t create headaches for at least some Windows users, as well as Microsoft. Some people will misinterpret the installation as malware, since Microsoft hasn’t historically updated its operating systems in this fashion.
But think about it: This move targets use who know enough to disable Recommended updates, but have also rejected Microsoft’s previous offers.
This could create a nasty snarl of blowback if the upgrade push starts making life difficult for large numbers of people.
As of now, Windows 10 is now classified as a “Recommended” update, which means many Windows 7 and 8.1 users will download and begin the installation automatically.
By default, Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 shipped with updates enabled and a second box — “Give me Recommended updates the same way I receive important updates” checked as well.
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Plenty of users have changed these settings, but you can bet millions of people haven’t.
We’ve written before about the power of defaults, and in this case, leaving automatic updates on has been a “As we shared in late October on the Windows Blog, we are committed to making it easy for our Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers to upgrade to Windows 10.
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Microsoft has been increasingly aggressive in its attempts to push consumers to download Windows 10.