Microsoft has made no secret of the fact that they want as many PC’s as possible to upgrade to the company’s latest Operating system Windows 10. Having more of your user base on the latest version of your O/S makes sense in many ways.

What is not OK is the manner of which they are doing it. Recently Microsoft made a small change in the way the upgrade notification is displayed. Previously a dialog box would appear on the bottom right of your screen asking you if you wanted to upgrade. Closing this window would prevent the upgrade from happening.

Now they have changed what is in the dialog boxes. You are now presented with a date and time when your PC will be upgraded. The two choices displayed are “Upgrade Now” or “Ok”. Also in very small text just above that is an option to change or cancel the upgrade. Closing the window will still allow the upgrade to proceed at the time displayed. This behavior is very similar to what ‘crapware’ and ‘spyware’ vendors to get people to download their products.

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I’ve seen many people already hit by this and although many times the upgrade works, it is not right for Microsoft to do this automatically without a clear consent to the user.

For various reasons if you don’t want to upgrade to Windows 10, there is several free utilities that can help. The one I recommend is “Never 10” from Steve Gibson. Steve is a security professional and is highly trusted in the IT world. You download this very small program and then run it. You click on the “Disable Win10 upgrade” button and you are done.

If you decide in future you want the Windows 10 upgrade, you can run the program again and re-enable the upgrade.

The program will also tell you if there are any Windows 10 install files that have already been downloaded and offer to remove them. This can save you several gigs of disk space.

Although Windows 10 has proven to be popular, I’m very disappointed in Microsoft in choosing to engage in this sort of behavior. Fortunately, there are workarounds that can help with this issue.