Microsoft wants you to upgrade to Window 10 really badly. So much so that they are reportedly pushing install files onto systems and installing the OS without the user’s knowledge or consent.
200 million devices are now running Windows 10 all over the world and Windows 10 is on a trajectory of growth that beats Windows 7 and Windows 8. Despite these satisfactory statistics, Microsoft is still using shady tactics to force upgrades
Initially, the files were only downloaded on the devices and kept on stand by for whenever the user decides to upgrade to Windows10, but there have been reports of automatic installation start-ups, attempting to change the current OS, that users have paid good money to use.
The downloading of 3.5GB+ on to the system without the user’s knowledge may not be much of a nuisance to people living in developed countries but internet in Pakistan is already unreliable enough without huge files being downloaded in the background.
Never10: Say No to Windows 10!
Thankfully, there exist certain tools that prevent such a blatant act of misuse of trust. Never10 gives you control over whether Windows will upgrade itself or not. Developed by Steve Gibson, the utility couldn’t be simpler to use.
Just download the 81k program and run it. It gives you the option to “Enable Win10 Upgrade” or “Disable Win10 Upgrade”. The first thing the program will do, is verify whether the system is running a non-Enterprise edition of either Windows 7, 8, or 8.1. Those are the only versions of Windows that qualify for automatic upgrading through the Windows Update facility.
Never10 will then modify the GWX (Get Windows 10) registry settings to prevent or enable automatic OS upgrading.
Unlike GWX Control Panel, another tool used for the same purpose, Never10 doesn’t install any software on your computer. Here’s a direct link to the application.
Microsoft claims that it is gunning to achieve 1 billion systems with Window 10, which by the increasing figures, doesn’t seem unlikely. But when you hear Microsoft boast of how good the reception is and how many devices run their new OS, know that it is a hollow achievement, something they really shouldn’t be proud of.