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Windows 10 is now a 'recommended' update for Windows 7 and 8.1 users

As promised last October, Microsoft has gone through with reclassifying the Windows 10 upgrade as a "recommended" update on Windows Update for Windows 7 and 8.1 users. Microsoft previously said it would aim to reclassify the upgrade from "optional" to "recommended" in early 2016, so the February 1 push makes sense.

Microsoft confirmed the move in a statement to ZDNet:

"As we shared in late October on the Windows Blog, we are committed to making it easy for our Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers to upgrade to Windows 10. We updated the upgrade experience today to help our customers, who previously reserved their upgrade, schedule a time for their upgrade to take place."

Now that the upgrade is classified as "recommended," some users who have automatic updates enabled may see the upgrade automatically begin installing. However, users can turn down the option to go through with the upgrade before it is installed. And if you find you accidentally upgraded to Windows 10 and didn't intend to, you have 31 days to roll back to your prior Windows 7 or 8.1 installation.

Source: ZDNet

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72 Comments
  • If I'm not wrong, July is the last month for free upgrade to W10..
    ..
    Now Tom Warren will write and article saying MSFT is forcefully pushing customers to W10 even if they don't want to... /s
  • I think they will keep it free.I'm not sure of course but I don't think they will make you buy it after the deadline.They need to make all the users of windows to upgrade the OS.
  • All the users?.. Not likely... They might try to upgrade as much as PCs to W10 ... Mainly Windows 7 PCs.. For example: Few of my business PCs are running Windows 7.. And I can't even think about upgrading those machines.. Because, I don't want to risk even an hour if something goes wrong with the new OS... May be the OS is ready.. But I can't risk it... And there might be more of us whom are on double mind about W10...
  • You should just stay home. It's too risky to go outside in the world.
  • In most companies, there is little benefit for upgrading. The risk may also be small, but it's just not worth it.
  • comparing to update for free vs update with $100 per device...i would recommend the free upgrade to business owners.
  • And as a business most likely if you need to upgrade you can afford to purchase a few licenses to upgrade what you have if you dont have volume licenses already...
  • Lol besides the fact that get w10 app is blindly passing these PCs that have configurations that aren't supported properly at the reference driver level or the OEM halveassed the bios update making said drivers useless
  • Your business is boring.
  • >Your business is boring. What are you ? 10 years old ? Do you EVEN have a CLUE ? Windows 10 does not run every program (NON-STORE apps), companies use Desktops as servers time to time because it FITS the need. If this auto updates a PC that the app wont run, there would be a BIG problem. Yea, you can roll back but, does Microsoft pay for lost company money for an applcation being down ? I dont think so..
  • I think they won't keep it free unless there under ~600 million devices by that date.
  • So choice is bad now? And who will help people if they run into problems? Forcing the update on unsuspecting users is a bad idea that only Microsoft fans will think is a good move.
  • Never mind.. He is just a fan boy..
  • Actually, Microsoft will help you roll back the update. Their support is actually really good. And according to them the number one requested support help is how to upgrade to Windows 10.
  • If you enable automatic updates, then Windows 10 is like an update. Can't be crying about an update installing when you were too negligent to disable automatic updates... Posted from my OnePlus One.
  • Reccommended updates can be turned off by anyone. The lack of knowledge of the device people own is the root cause of most of the issues that arise. It's not MS's fault if a person is too dumb/lazy to turn it off.
  • I'm not sure you understand what the reccommended updates are. They are updates that are not necessary for your OS to function, and as such, users should do their due diligence to decide what they update or not in those reccommended updates. Also, if you'd pay attention to many other 'Updates' of other pieces of software, you would see the exact thing you're complaining about. Many pieces of software make changes like you describe in their update, unless the user opts out of it. Just like any user should opt out of reccommended updates for Windows, and anything else on their PC. 
  • Update, v  Computers. to incorporate new or more accurate information in (adatabase, program, procedure, etc.).   - http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/update    Windows 10 is the latest, newest, how ever you want to word it, so going to windows 10 is in fact an update. It doesn't matter what Microsoft did before, or what they do after. This IS an update, and of course the company that makes it, reccommmends it. It's up to the user to decide if htye want to take the reccommended updates. There's nothing else to argue here (though I'm sure you will try to)    
  • You realize upgrade and update are synonyms right? I guess I didn't figure you were that dumb. It doesn't matter what Microsoft labeled anything in the past. That's nothing more than a logical fallacy and does nothing for your argument. You're wrong and there's nothing else for you to say.
  • What happened to Tom Warren? He seemed to be Msft friendly. I really enjoyed his articles on WinRumors. Good old times
  • Because he infected iVirus from iVerge.
  • Seems like Marco missed a lot of news ...
  • I'll tell you: Do you know what happens when you put a nice apple in a basket full of rotten ones? It gets rotten, not the other way around...
  • Bully!
  • Sissy
  • Yea. I can feel the hate already.
  • What's the reason Microsoft forcing people to upgrade to windows 10 so badly? Is it because it's 1 year free or any other issue?
  • Yes, or do you want to pay for it? Plus, they have a target to meet, 1 billion users so duh
  • They need more user base to push Universal Windows Application store... And to achieve 1 billion W10 devices as they planned before
  • App store lives or dies mobile first.
  • Windows 10 = 1. increased windows store sales 2. increased use of WIn 10 preloaded apps leading to increased IOS/android app usage 3. increased bing revenue due to cortana in the taskbar.
  • If you get it before July, it's free to use forever. After that, you have to spend $100+ to own it. Why NOT upgrade? The current, non insider version is entirely stable. I even have insider previews set to fast and I hardly see issuss
  • Entirely stable? What's the stuff you're smoking Brosephina?
    My Windows 10 install has so far messed up my touchpad (via auto update) - and it has recently borked my system audio so I now have to connect Bluetooth speakers to get sound.
    Edge is sh*te, and the start menu frequently becomes unresponsive.
    (Clean install, Asus T100).
  • You may want to try restarting the computer without driver signature mode on. It may fix the touchpad issues. If you have any malware issues it may also install a malware driver, but if you dont have those issues I would try it. You want to disable driver verification I think it is. From Bing: To start Windows in safe mode or get to other startup settings: Select the Start button, then choose Settings. Select Update & security > Recovery. Under Advanced startup select Restart now. After your PC restarts to the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart. After your PC restarts, select a startup setting by pressing the corresponding number. After you are done right click start, open device manager, then hit "Scan for hardware changes" and maybe select the touchpad driver and search for an update.
  • Windows 10 = 1. increased windows store sales 2. increased use of MS preloaded apps leading to increased mobile app usage 3. increased bing revenue due to cortana in the taskbar. They probably would also like to be able to announce a massive active user number around Build.
  • Windows 10 = 1. increased windows store sales 2. increased use of MS preloaded apps leading to increased ios/android app usage 3. increased bing revenue due to cortana in the taskbar. They probably would also like to be able to announce a massive active user number around Build.
  • I think it's also to get developers on board w10 mobile
  • It's also more secure. By default, it auto updates security definitions. Basically, it's like it's switching from android's update system to one closer to iOS, but actually more like Cortana's update system. In theory, it should keep the average user safer while hopefully reducing things like botnets.
  • Since i installed win 10, my dvd reader/writer stopped working. Their is no way found to rectify it.
  • Have you tried uninstalling the dvd reader driver in device manager and scanning for hardware changes so it will pull it again? If that doesnt work you may want to try restarting the computer without driver signature mode on. If you have any malware issues it may also install a malware driver, but if you dont have those issues I would try it. You want to disable driver verification I think it is. From Bing: To start Windows in safe mode or get to other startup settings: Select the Start button, then choose Settings. Select Update & security > Recovery. Under Advanced startup select Restart now. After your PC restarts to the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart. After your PC restarts, select a startup setting by pressing the corresponding number. After its started in that mode, right click start, open device manager, then hit "Scan for hardware changes" and maybe select the dvd reader driver and search for an update.
  • Thanks a ton....hope this will solve my problem.
  • I had a dvd reader/writer on my laptop once. It stopped working all on its own. It was a cheap laptop.
  • Good luck winning over people whose hardware /still/ isn't compatible...
  • This Windows 10 upgrade can sometimes feel like a bomb for your PC in disguise. Despite Microsoft saying Windows 10 is compatible with my relative's HP Pavilion G6 PC (with AMD APU), it turned out that the Sleep/Hibernate function is broken by the update. Now the Laptop can't wake/resume from a hibernate or sleep without crashing and giving a BSOD, plus Windows 10 starts up significantly slower than Windows 7. Posted from my OnePlus One.
  • I'm skipping the update since I'd lose Windows Media Center, which I paid for. Sent from my rooted Nexus 7 (2013) running Stock/AOSP (Android 6.0 Marshmallow) ElementalX N7-5.05 via the Windows Central App for Android
  • My alienware m14R1 (dirty install from 7) still has it. It's devices like the SP4 that don't have it anymore.
  • I've blocked any way for them they I know off for them to install win10 on my desktop from.win7. I will get security updates until 2020 at least. I have win10 on my phone and my surface pro 3 but for my desktop I'm happy with windows 7, thanks but no thanks Microsoft
  • You should definitely update to 8.1
  • Wow... they've never fixed the issue with the Asus vivotab note 8 getting BSOD when the stylus is used in Win10, and now they are auto updating it for us? Nice work MS
  • Why can't they just let people decide for themselves and stop pushing the operating system on everyone? People shouldn't be forced to download something they don't want.
  • Read the article. No one is forced to take the update.
  • Your average Joe isn't smart enough to turn off automatic updates, they click express setup initially (if they even had that option when they bought the laptop, or simply got the store to do it) and then freak out when their OS suddenly changes. You know how I know this? I sell the crap to these people daily, and when when I do tell them that there is a free upgrade available to windows 10 they still come back to me complaining that their computer has changed and they want it back the way it was. People. Are. Stupid. I say let the people that know what they are doing download the new OS and everyone else can just blissfully stick with what they know. Lets not also forget that for some people the Windows 10 download is their entire monthly quota for data.
  • I am so over listening to whiny people with their love affair with ancient operating systems. Get over it already.
  • Dude!!!
  • Wrong.. We are in love with operating systems that work. Windows 10 is too buggy and pug ugly to be considered an upgrade. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I really don't think this is a net positive on the PR end.
  • Some machine running Windows 7 cannot upgrade to windows 10, how do they plan on upgrading those.
  • I installed Win 10 on a AMD Athlon X2 5000 with 3 GB ram DDR2. I think that every PC that can run Win 7 will do just fine with Win 10.. given that it doesn`t have some weird hardware that requires proprietary drivers.
  • I don't know the amount of pirated copies of windows 7, but that may be a factor people not upgrading. I mean is, usually, if you have a pirated copy, people are told to switch off their automatic updates and what not.
  • Time to disable updates then. Thanks Nadella.
  • still going to wait untill at least 29-7-2016 before upgrading to windows 10. Still a lot of work that has to be done, before its ready to be used as a worry free daily driver for me.
  • Windows 10, it's the new sliced bread. Don't like bread? Disable updates!
  • Most newer devices has great issues with Win10.
    Me, legacy custom build pc with C2D on it, no issues so far!
    I win! :P
  • MS as a software company needs more and more people to join Windows 10 as it defines a cornerstone in their evolution. Mobile OS has driven them to this, and it`s not a bad thing at all, the problem comes from the people that totally refuse to change, it happened from Win 98 to XP, it happened from XP to Win 7.
  • I used ME at the time, i guess i`m about the only one that actually liked the OS (it was hard for most people since it was lacking a true MSDOS subsystem) and many at that time needed that. 98 SE was just as a big mess as ME was related to BSOD or anything. XP to Vista this one is tricky, Vista worked good on powerfull PC for it`s intended use, the problem was that many people with underpowered PCs tried to go to VISTA that needed more RAM and better CPU and things didn`t go well.. they eventually patched it and got fixed at some point, some people even say that Win7 is actually Vista with service pack. Win 8, beside the awkward start screen that was pushed by MS without the option for a start menu like in Win 10, thus we are speaking of cosmetic problems, Win 8 is better than 7, at least in gaming, when i`ve first tried it Win 8 was more fluid in CS:GO or Battlefield 4 than Win 7, thing reported by many gamers. Win 7 to Win 10 it`s a total different thing, it`s an evolution that must happen for MS to stay alive in the OS buissines. PC sales are declining, more and more people love the use of a store and apps (this way you get even less viruses) and MS seems to be doing well with the Surface product line. They should be pushing out some all MS build PCs just like Apple and have a version of OS speficically optimised for that hardware.  When you get 23123 versions of GPUs and 21321 versions of MB ofc something will go wrong in some combinations, if MS starts building their own stuff and use premium design and products they would have a better chance to create a good healthy ecosystem. Just like Apple has.
  • Surface is the first MS hardware product of it`s kind, expect problems. Apple was not invented with the MacBookAir :) they almost failed as a company if it wasn`t for Bill Gates. The road to succes is never an easy on. I understand that you want a perfect product when buything stuff, i want the same, but we must be realistic about it. Look at Samsung, shall we compare the first Galaxy phone ?  It was total crap compared to iphone (and this was apple`s first ever phone!) Now you get 2 very good products.  MS pushes Win 10 since they want to make it as a service, from now on you`ll have Windows and that`s it, nothing else. Devoting assest to support a dying OS like Win 7, even with it`s success, it`s still dying. They really have to push things. Be it broken things sometimes. Why do you think Linux is still a nieche OS ? (and no i`m not talking about MacOs or Android) They don`t addapt to the needs ot the masses, they cater only a few enthusiasts, even though the OS is good for some. Also it has way too many distros for it`s own good.
  • Not sure why a regular consumer should be concerned with what Microsoft needs.....
  • "We want to go from people Needing Windows 10, to Choosing Windows 10!" Yeah, so much for that lol.
  • I was sick of nagging/pop-ups and decided to upgrade to 10, good part is better battery life and better responsiveness of the system. Few drivers needed a re-install like GPU and latest chipset software and bad part is slow boot issue. BTW, I did an in-place upgrade to 10 from 7. After a couple of days I will do a clean install and start from scratch. I'm using Lenovo g500 which is not present in the list of eligible product for win 10 upgrade, so far no issues related to drivers and everything is running smoothly except for slow bootup.
  • Windows 10 is free. It comes with free headaches. Basically it is buggy, ugly and plain painful. Microsoft has a problem with this OS. In the past a new OS would drive new PC Sales but pushing it onto current pc users the hardware companies have lost this usp. No wonder pc Sales continue to fall. I for one regret upgrading... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Google 'GWX Control Panel' I am using this on dozens of PCs right now. Seems to work. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Need to disable recommended updates via Group policy in my company... Windows 10 will break a lot of CUSTOM applications (tested, 3-5 do no run, or do not run right). There is NOTHING wrong with Windows 7 on these machines. No need to upgrade applications that are NOT BROKEN. There is no time for rolling back when it affects the business, that will affect the bottom line.