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Windows 10: Microsoft launches intrusive reminder

Microsoft has started using a tactic similar to adware as an upgrade reminder. A full-screen pop-up saying, "Sorry to interrupt, but this is important. Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends July 29." It goes on to say you can roll-back to your current operating system within 31 days if you decide Windows 10 is not right for you. Click here to see our step-by-step guide on how to roll-back to an older version.

The pop-up reminder takes over the entire screen and forces the user to choose "Upgrade now" or "Remind me later." If you don't select "Upgrade now" the notification will reappear every three days, unless you choose to be notified a total of three more times or to never be notified again; these options are offered on the left side of the screen.

Windows 10 update

Photo credit: The Guardian

Users with a recent version of the "Get Windows 10" app installed on their computer will not see the new notification. That also goes for those with computers that have been detected as incompatible with Windows 10 and those who have already decided to roll-back to an older version.

This new notification system comes after complaints over their previous version. On the old reminder, users were clicking on the red X in the upper right-hand corner thinking that would cancel the automatic upgrade. In reality, clicking the red X just implies a commitment to installing Windows 10 at a later time. Microsoft has since changed this so that the automatic update can be canceled. Click here to learn more about it.

If you're still on the fence about Windows 10, we've covered the topic extensively. Click here to read through our past articles so that you can make the most informed decision possible. 

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