No More Forced Upgrades from Windows 10, Promises Microsoft

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It appears that you are not the only one who hates the automatic upgrades installed by Microsoft. They have finally agreed that this will be an annoyance of the past.

This is a response to customer’s complaints and law suits Microsoft. While we would like to believe this reveals a customer support attitude, it may well be as a result of the litigation that has been filed against them. But the good news is they will no longer be sending forced updates to user’s PCs. This will start now with the Windows 10 Creators Update. Prepare yourself for no more small flags that are so easy to ignore popping up to tell you about updates. No more automatically installed when you do ignore them. Those are hopefully now a thing of the past. In the future, you will control when and what updates you wish to install.

When this news came out in May, we all thought it was as a result of Microsoft paying attention to the complaints of many angry clients. We thought it was a sign that Microsoft listening. We now know, while this may be a part of the story it is not the whole story. A definite spur for Microsoft was lawsuits filed against them for mandatory updates to machines without the user’s knowledge or permission.

Microsoft did allow a free upgrade from Windows 7 & 8 to Windows 10. This meant they did need to download GBs of data onto user devices that were due to be updated. This was not appreciated by all users. Some were so unhappy that they filed a lawsuit against the company. In 2016, In the German state of Baden-Württemberg, a consumer rights body took Microsoft to court over these downloads. They were very unimpressed about the downloads, saying that Microsoft was downloading up to 6 GB of files without the user consent. They also wanted to know about downloads and not be subjected to them at the whim of the company.

After legal proceedings dragged out for 12 months, the German branch of Microsoft voluntarily agreed to stop downloads without consent. While this marks a victory for the consumer it did take a year of legal wrangling. The German consumer rights body is pleased with the outcome, but still annoyed at the time it is taking to make the changes.

This means that from now on when an update is available you will receive a full-screen prompt to upgrade. You can decide to restart to install the upgrade. Or you can choose to set a time that won’t interrupt your work. Finally, you can delay the upgrade by selecting snooze. You can also choose to simply ignore the prompt. If you chose to ignore the prompt your PC will no longer automatically do the update. If you want to you can delay the update for as long as you want. To do this hit the snooze selection for the first 35 days. Thereafter simply tell it to remind you tomorrow.