Microsoft to make Windows 10 an automatic “recommended” update from next year for Windows 7/8 users
It is an open secret that Microsoft wants Windows 10 operating to run on every PC in the world. To that effect, Microsoft has been thrusting the Windows 10 update down the Windows 7/8/8.1 users neck since Windows 10 was launched.
However until now the Windows 10 free upgrade program has so far concentrated on those Windows 7 and 8 users who reserved their copy in the weeks leading up to the operating system’s release. Microsoft plans to spread Windows 10 to a bigger audience over the coming months as per Windows blog.
Microsoft will start making Windows 10 upgrade as an “Optional Update” now while it will be changed to “Recommended Update” starting from next year. This is significant, because it means that systems that are configured to download and install recommended updates—which for most people is the safest option—will automatically fetch the upgrade and start its installer. The installation, however will require the user’s permission.
The recommended update was accidentally revealed earlier this month when Windows 7 users started complaining that the Windows 10 upgrade was shown as a recommended update and the installer started automatically.
Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices group, told Ars Technica that Microsoft has fielded a huge number of support requests from people running Windows 7 and Windows 8 who want the upgrade but for one reason or another did not opt in to the reservation system. Pushing the upgrade out through Windows Update for everyone will make it a lot more accessible. The upgrade notifications will also be made clearer and more compelling. Myerson’s belief is that by communicating this plan before the change is made, the unhappiness that the accidental change provoked can be avoided. Anyone who doesn’t want the upgrade will have plenty of time to disable automatic updates between now and the new year.
Microsoft has announced that it will release an improved version of its Media Creation Tool that’s used for creating bootable DVDs and USB keys to install Windows 10. The tool will soon support the creation of universal install media, capable of installing both the 32- and 64-bit versions of the operating system, in both its Home and Pro versions. This will allow people with multiple systems to use a single USB stick to upgrade all of them, regardless of their configuration.