No more requests as Microsoft starts pushing Windows 10 upgrade as ‘recommended’ to Windows 7 and 8.1 users
Starting today, Microsoft has begun to encourage people running Windows 7 and 8.1 to install Windows 10 as a “Recommended Update” in the Windows Update application. Windows 10 is currently being offered as a free upgrade to users of Windows 7 and 8.1.
This new change is supposed to make the upgrade experience easier for those who are eligible for the free Windows 10 offer said a Microsoft spokesperson. Few months earlier, Microsoft said that it would start to do this “early” in 2016, and now it’s happening.
“As we shared in late October on the Windows Blog, we are committed to making it easy for our Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers to upgrade to Windows 10. We updated the upgrade experience today to help our customers, who previously reserved their upgrade, schedule a time for their upgrade to take place,” he said in a mailed statement.
Earlier, Microsoft was automatically downloading Windows 10 on people’s PCs in order to speed up the installation process, or in cases when the option to update to Windows 10 was checked by default, triggering undesired upgrades for some people. However, this is not a mandatory update. Windows users can stop their machines from going ahead with it.
“Depending upon your Windows Update settings, this may cause the upgrade process to automatically initiate on your device. Before the upgrade changes the OS of your device, you will be clearly prompted to choose whether or not to continue. And of course, if you choose to upgrade (our recommendation!), then you will have 31 days to roll back to your previous Windows version if you don’t love it,” Windows boss Terry Myerson said in October.
Microsoft said last month that over 200 million devices are now running Windows 10, and has plans to reach a billion devices within the next couple of years. The move made by Microsoft show confident the company is in the stability of its new operating system, since it’s willing to put the update in front of people who are not rushing out to get it. Certainly, this should increase the number of PCs running Windows 10, as many people might actually be pleased to see the new OS being offered on their PCs.