When Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 in July of this year, it signaled a big shift in the way Microsoft does things. The biggest news was that Windows 10 is Microsoft's last major Windows release. Everything after this point is going to be an update to Windows 10. Learn about the first big update coming soon.
What got more people's attention, however, is that for the first year, Windows 10 is a free upgrade for existing users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. It's a sign that Microsoft really wants everyone running Windows 10. However, Microsoft has taken that desire to annoying levels, and its latest plan probably isn't going to help.
First, a quick recap of Microsoft's attempts to get people to update. It started with Microsoft's reservation system that downloaded to Windows 7 and 8.1 computer in the regular updates. Before Windows 10 launched, it would bug you to reserve your copy. After the Windows 10 launch, it regularly pops up asking if you want to upgrade. Here's how to make it stop.
Microsoft even got Internet Explorer into the game. When you opened it up, it would give you an ad for Windows 10. That was enough to annoy plenty of people, but Microsoft decided to go further.