“UpgradeGate” – Careful! Windows 10 is Auto-Installing Now

winupdate-680x376A couple weeks ago we posted an article detailing some of the pros and cons of upgrading to Windows 10. Well, for those who haven’t upgraded yet, Microsoft has decided to take matters into their own hands and have started upgrading machines to Windows 10 automatically, without permission. Last week, Microsoft quietly changed the Windows 10 advertisement to make it so closing the advertisement actually agrees to install Windows 10. Previously, closing this window would indicate that you did not want to upgrade to Windows 10, while now it does the complete opposite. Understandably, this has caused a lot of frustration. There are a few important things you should note if you find yourself being upgraded to Windows 10 against your will:
Do NOT turn off your computer during the upgrade – This will cause the upgrade to fail and could damage your Windows installation.
You’re not completely out of luck – After the install is finished, you can still decline the license agreement and your computer will automatically roll back to your previous version of Windows.
You can disable the upgrade and the notifications – There are third-party programs such as Never10 (https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/65706/steve-gibsons-never-10-helps-turn-off-windows-10-upgrade-announcement) that will block the notification and prevent Windows 10 from automatically installing itself.
Don’t be afraid to call for help – If the whole thing leaves you feeling a little frustrated, we’re here to help. Give us a call with any of your Windows 10 questions or concerns and we’ll be happy to walk you through it.

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