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Microsoft to push Windows 10 as "recommended update" next year


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Microsoft has announced that it is to step up its Windows 10 update program by upgrading it to "recommended update" status.

Up to now, Windows 10 updates have operated on an invite system. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users registered their interest and waited for their turn in a long globe-spanning queue. Microsoft then notified customers that their upgrade was ready, and it was up to them to kick it off.

More than 110 million Windows devices have been upgraded to Windows 10 in this way. Now, however, Microsoft is going to get a little pushier.

As Microsoft outlines in a recent blog post, the existing two-step process is no longer necessary. To that end, the company is going to skip the notification process and start automatically downloading the Windows 10 upgrade for those who have registered.

You will be asked to confirm before the change to Windows 10 is finalised, of course.

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In addition, Microsoft will soon be making Windows 10 available as an "optional update" for all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. Starting from early next year, however, it will push the upgrade from "optional update" to "recommended update" status.

This means that Windows 10 will be downloaded automatically across all Windows devices, depending on individual update settings, along with other "recommended" and "important" updates. Again, though, you'll be prompted before the switch is made.

In short, if you haven't got Windows 10 already, there's a good chance you'll soon have it sat on your PC without your even realising it.

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October 30, 2015, 9:58 am

At the back of my mind is the feeling that once you are on Win10, eventually, inevitably, you will find yourself in a subscription model, somehow or other. That, and you will be handing over Google-esque volumes of personal data, and surrendering effective ownership of your system through enforced updates.


October 30, 2015, 12:28 pm

Apparently, transition to Windows 10 is going slower than Microsoft hoped for.

Not enough cattle users in the farm ecosystem to produce the profitable mined data.

Seymour Cat

October 30, 2015, 12:31 pm

I tried to upgrade last week. The update failed 3 times, and to make matters worse it had to download the entire 2GB file every time.

6GB of downloading and hours wasted for nothing. I won't be trying again and will be advising my family and friends (I'm their unofficial tech support) not to bother either.

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