As it seems, Microsoft is basically forcing people running Windows 7 and Windows 8 to upgrade to the latest release, Windows 10. Just recently it has been revealed that the company has been forcing the update on people, in occasion without any prior warning.
This comes from a report published by Ars Technica which contains details that Microsoft changed the optional tick box to be ticket so that when someone updated their machine, it would install Windows 10 too. Although Microsoft has come out and said that it was an accident.
“As part of our effort to bring Windows 10 to existing genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers, the Windows 10 upgrade may appear as an optional update in the Windows Update (WU) control panel. This is an intuitive and trusted place people go to find Recommended and Optional updates to Windows. In the recent Windows update, this option was checked as default; this was a mistake and we are removing the check.”
To make sure you don’t get the update, just pay attention to any notifications on the computer as well as what you are installing with any Windows Updates.
Windows 10 was originally launched back in the end of July for free, as long as you have a computer running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.