Microsoft snooping update, KB3035583 returns to Windows 7 users forcing them to upgrade to Windows 10
Like it or not, Microsoft wants you to upgrade your PC to its latest iteration. In fact, Microsoft set up a ambitious goal of bringing Windows 10 on a total of 1 billion devices by 2017. And in order to achieve this goal, Microsoft is going hook, line and sinker after the Windows 7 and Windows 8 users.
Despite of the fact that many Windows 7 users have preferred to stay with it instead of Windows 10 being available to them for free, Microsoft wants them to upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as possible.
In order to fulfill this goal, Microsoft offered some patches prompting users to upgrade which were stopped when there was criticism for forcing users to forcefully upgrade to Windows 10. Now, it seems Microsoft has recently re-released these to make sure that, even if Windows 7 consumers blocked them, they still show up on their computers.
This was reported by Woody Leonhard of InfoWorld who wrote that Microsoft has re-released total of six patches, and these include not only updates that are supposed to encourage the upgrade to Windows 10 but also bulletins that were previously used to enable data collection on Windows 7.
The upgrade patch as well as the snooping patch has been marked as “important” on Windows 7 PCs, and they are labeled as recommended by Windows Update, so users who might not know what they are all about could easily install them.
Here’s the list:
KB 3035583, re-released for Windows 7 on Oct 5, version 8, this patch contains the Get Windows 10 program GWX. There is no information in the KB article about why the patch has been re-released.
KB 2952664, re-released for Windows 7 on Oct. 6, version 13 is a snooping patch. It send information back to Windows servers back in Redmond. The KB article continues to identify the patch as a “Compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7.” There’s no indication why it was re-released.
KB 2976978, re-released for Windows 8.1 on Oct. 6, version 19. Still labeled a “Compatibility update for Windows 8.1,” it’s a scanning program.
KB 2977759, re-released for Windows 7 on Oct. 6, version 12. Analogous to the KB 2976978 patch for Windows 8.1, this one is also a scanner. The KB article says it’s a compatibility update for Windows 7 RTM.
KB 3083710 is a new update client for Windows 7, with no further details available.
KB 3083711 is also new, and it appears to be an analogous update client change for Windows 8.1.
Once again if you value your privacy and dont want to upgrade to Windows 10 and you don’t want telemetry services enabled on your computer, you should avoid and hide these updates. Needless to say, Microsoft recommends everyone to install them, but it’s up to you to decide whether you need them or not.