Recently, some Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users have begun to scream in anger over the practice by Microsoft to automatically upgrade their computers to Windows 10. These users are saying that they were never given a chance to decline the upgrade before it began installing. Microsoft has described its strategy of pushing Windows 10 to devices running older versions of its operating system as voluntary saying “Customers continue to be fully in control of their devices, and can choose to not install the Windows 10 upgrade or remove the upgrade from Windows Update (WU) by changing the WU settings,” in an emailed statement.
That’s not what some users experienced recently.
Microsoft regularly updates their Windows Update settings, and some of those updates have switched user-selected settings or pre-checked optional updates. Recent refreshes of Windows Update may have done just that, triggering the automatic upgrades that should have been blocked from a forced upgrade.