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No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

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Chris Williams
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Microsoft's relentless crusade to push Windows 10 onto every Machine on the earth knows no bounds: instantly incident desktops testament be nagged to upgrade.

When Redmond started quietly installing Windows 10 on computers via Windows Update, it was aimed at getting homey users off Windows 7 and 8. Provided you were using Windows Pro or Enterprise, or managed your machines using a domain, you weren't supposed to be pestered with dialogue boxes offering the free lunch upgrade.

Until now.

According to Microsoft on Wednesday, the controversial try-hard "Get Windows 10" nagware is nowadays time to come to an employment near you:

We will initiate to roll outside the "Get Windows 10" app to further devices that conformed the later criteria, in the US closest this month and in supplementary markets shortly thereafter:

  • Running and licensed for Windows 7 Pro or Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Configured to cop updates directly from the Windows Rejuvenate avail (i.e. updates are not managed by WSUS or Action Centre Configuration Employer on those devices)
  • Joined to an Active Directory kingdom

Microsoft claims it's doing this now various brief businesses - the category of organizations that flow Windows Pro, employ a domain, however liberty automatic updates on - craving an elementary journey to install the current operating system. Whether companies in truth necessity this software, you'd assume they'd install it themselves - or ballot in for it, rather than having to vote absent repeatedly.

You can best shot your luck consequent these instructions to halt the upgrade - until Microsoft changes the rules again. Windows Enterprise edition in considerable corporations will avoid the automatic, practically mandatory, upgrade.

The telemetry phoned home to Redmond by Windows 10 worries fairly a infrequent folks, on the contrary won't freak each out. However, the pushy assumption by Microsoft that we should unquestioningly swallow Windows 10 will draw out to aggravate: it's straight gone of its 1990s bullyboy playbook, apart from rather than screw over its rivals, Microsoft is immediately turning the screws on its own customers.

Somewhere distant inside Redmond, an exec is looking at the stats and repeating to themselves: "200 million family can't be wrong."

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