In its efforts to encourage users to upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft soon make a new version of the operating system automatically downloaded to users’ computers without their recognition.
Microsoft informs that Windows 10 will become a “recommended update” starting next year. Therefore, if you activated the automatic update mode on your Windows 7 or Windows 8 PCs, Windows 10 will be downloaded without asking. Once it finishes downloading, the installer will start noticing users with a popup. However, users can decline the upgrade process when the installer has started, or manually block the update by changing Windows update mode.
“If you choose to upgrade then you will have 31 days to roll back to your previous Windows version if you don’t love it”, said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices.
For those who are interested in the new version of Windows and registered for upgrade, Windows 10 will be automatically downloaded on to their PCs.
Looking back on Windows 8, it’s not difficult to see how Microsoft went wrong. Touch-based device was a giant bet, but it made using a PC with a keyboard along with a mouse awkward and confusing. What happened did not live up to the company’s expectation. Developers didn’t flock toward Windows 8 and regular users tried their best to avoid it. Except from the tablet interface as a great experience, the rest annoyed everybody who just wanted a laptop that worked the way they were used to. With Windows 10, Microsoft aims to solve the problem.
Windows 10 is much more usable than Windows 8 or 8.1 as well as offers a bundle of new features, including improved security, a new browser, and Cortana, the voice-activated intelligent assistant. Windows 10 boots faster, works faster, and seems much more robust than either Windows 7 or Windows 8. The new Windows Universal apps hold great promise. It might be called the most revolutionary version of Windows ever, mainly because it will be continually upgraded as part of Microsoft’s “Windows as a service” effort.
The question is not whether Windows 10 is a good upgrade for Windows 8 users but whether it deserves to supplant Windows 7. Despite substantial new functionalities in Windows 10, Windows 7 users should wait until the upgrade train brings more improvements.
Many of the new features of Windows 10 do not seem to be ready for prime time, including the greatly modified Start menu with live tiles, Edge browser, Cortana, and Continuum, the method of switching between mouse and touchscreen. They all work well enough, yet they all lack key capabilities.
Windows 10, which is free when upgrading, has been installed on 75 million computers by the end of August, accounting for 4.9% of desktop internet users according to data from web analytic firm StatCounter. Windows 7 still held a 48.1% share of global users.