In case you haven't noticed, Microsoft really wants you to use Windows 10. It says its new operating system, which Microsoft launched last summer, has faster startup times and is safer than Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and it's been widely embraced.
Just a few months after launch, in October, Microsoft said 110 million people had signed up for Windows 10, for free. Initially, you could pre-order a Windows 10 upgrade, which you'd later be prompted to download, if you wanted to.
But Microsoft has been getting a little pushier about getting you to sign up since then. That's according to plan. As it spelled out on its blog last year, it then started suggesting Windows 10 as an "optional update."
Now, as of earlier this week, Windows 10 is a "recommended update." What does that mean?
"Depending upon your Windows Update settings, this may cause the upgrade process to automatically initiate on your device," according to Microsoft's Windows blog. "Before the upgrade changes the operating system 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."
Microsoft keeps a copy of your previous Windows version for those 31 days, in case you want to go back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. To uninstall Windows 10 during those 31 days:
Settings >> Update and Security >> Recovery and Uninstall Windows 10. That'll bring you back to your previous version of Windows, including your apps and settings.
Note: If you set up your version of Windows to automatically receive updates, which you should for Internet security updates, you may see that an automatic Windows 10 download begins, even if you didn't ask for it. It won't download completely, without your "OK."
"We understand you care deeply about what happens with your device," Microsoft writes on the Windows blog. "This is why, regardless of your upgrade path, you can choose to upgrade or decline the offer."