We don't know about you, but it seems like Microsoft is getting a bit pushy when it comes to encouraging users to switch to Windows 10. Last month we shared a blooper that aired on live TV, where a weather reporter was prompted to make the software update.
Of course, that incident was just a poorly-timed accident. But, all jokes aside, the tone of Microsoft's push to Windows 10 is beginning to become aggressive. Just two weeks ago we let you know about the $119 fee Microsoft will charge to anyone who wants to upgrade after July 29th. If you update now the upgrade is free. But you have to do it by the deadline.
Tactics like this are what we're talking about, and Microsoft seems to be at it again. Last week, the company modified the Windows 10 upgrade to a "Recommended Update" instead of an "Optional Update".
What does that mean? Well, recommended downloads are automatically installed unless you stop them.
This is all part of Microsoft's nine-month push to get users to update their software. In fact, the company announced its plans for this push back in October. "Windows 10 will be offered as a 'Recommended' update for Windows 7 and 8.1 customers whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'Recommended' updates," a Microsoft spokesman explained.
For the most part, users are generally interested in making the update. But some still have their reservations. In fact, just last week we shared 10 reasons why you might not want to make the switch to Windows 10. Keep reading to find out how to stop it.
If you don't want Windows 10 to be automatically updated, and currently use an older version of Windows, then you might need to make some changes to your settings. Here's what you need to do:
In the Control Panel, click on "Windows Update," and the following box will pop up.
Click on "Change Settings," and then click the drop down menu that says, "Install updates automatically". A list of options will appear. Choose the option that best fits your needs.
This will prevent the automatic update from being installed. However, it's important to note that changing this setting could also lead to some trouble. Automatic updates are typically recommended so you always have the latest software updates and security patches on your computer. And keeping your software updated helps you to avoid malware and other viruses.