Microsoft is already being pretty forceful with the Windows 10 update, but starting next year, the company is going to get even more aggressive. In order to achieve its goal of having more than one billion Windows 10 devices, Microsoft is trying really hard to convince people to upgrade to Windows 10. As if offering the upgrade for free wasn’t enough, the company will begin automatically installing it on some computers next year, whether the user wants it or not.
If you’re still running Windows 7 or 8, get ready for Microsoft to push Windows 10 a little bit harder. Early next year, it will appear as a “Recommended Update” in Windows Update, and may automatically prompt you to upgrade. Microsoft announced today some changes in how Windows 10 goes out to new users: “We will soon be publishing Windows 10 as an “Optional Update” in Windows Update for all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers. Windows Update is the trusted, logical location for our most important updates, and adding Windows 10 here is another way we will make it easy for you to find your upgrade. Early next year, we expect to be re-categorizing Windows 10 as a “Recommended Update”. Depending upon your Windows Update settings, this may cause the upgrade process to automatically initiate on your device. Before the upgrade changes the OS of your device, you will be clearly prompted to choose whether or not to continue. And of course, if you choose to upgrade (our recommendation!), then you will have 31 days to roll back to your previous Windows version if you don’t love it.”