MICROSOFT IS so determined to get people to upgrade to Windows 10 that not even ignoring the upgrade window will save you.
A report at MSPoweruser explained that the latest trick from GWX.exe, Microsoft's ever-growing wart on Windows 7 and 8, is to change the behaviour of the 'X' button, traditionally meant to signify 'close and do nothing'.
The pop-up messages that we previously reported offered a specific date and time when your system would be updated, but the 'X' button now seems to be short for 'I accept the upgrade'.
In fact, for the first time if you don't want to make the change you have to click a small hyperlink marked 'here'.
So the dirty tricks campaign continues and we're led to wonder who at Microsoft is continually saying: 'We'll move the goalposts. They'll thank us later'.
People have genuine and legitimate reasons for not wanting to upgrade, not least the principles involved in the way the marketing campaign for the upgrade has been handled.
Less bullishly, there is the simple fact that certain things still don't work properly in Windows 10, such as printer drivers and bespoke software.
So to actually change the nature of the get out button's behaviour to go against the natural flow of the way the entire operating system is supposed to work, and then not make it explicitly clear that in this case 'no means yes', is ethically bankrupt. Again.
We're curious to hear from readers who've fallen foul of this latest method. We've also had a situation in the INQ office where we tried to stop the scheduled update and were given a stay of ... eight hours.
Users can go back to their previous version of Windows within 31 days of upgrade, but it's proving increasingly difficult to stop it upgrading in the first place, presumably on the basis that 'Once you go cack, you'll never go back', or something.
We've asked Microsoft for comment as usual. We're expecting some kind of comment involving 'Our users tell us ...' as usual.
However, these shenanigans are now coming so thick and fast that we haven't yet had Microsoft's excuse for the last one, so don't hold your breath. µ
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