Microsoft Backpedals On Using Dirty Nag Screen Trick To Force Windows 10 Upgrades

Microsoft just can’t seem to stay out of trouble with Windows 7 and Windows 8 users when it comes to Windows 10 upgrades. However, Microsoft has only itself to blame, as it keeps employing dirty tricks to “entice” users to upgrade to its latest operating system. Those efforts were on full display with a change made to Microsoft's Windows 10 nag screens prompting users to upgrade.

Previously, if a Windows 7 or Windows 8 user saw a Windows 10 upgrade prompt display on their machine, they could simply click the “X” button to cancel the upgrade and go about their business. But Microsoft decided that it could force more users to upgrade if hitting the X button didn’t cancel the upgrade altogether, but instead closed the window and gave express consent to install Windows 10 at a later time (which Microsoft “conveniently” schedules for you, usually at a time when you’re away from the computer).

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Needless to say, users were once again angered by Microsoft’s insistence on getting all eligible users to upgrade to Windows 10 — especially before the free upgrade window closes at the end of July. Thankfully, based on “customer feedback,” Microsoft has decided to add an extra prompt that clearly gives users the opportunity to cancel any upgrade to Windows 10 if they attempt to dismiss the nag screen.

In a statement to the BBC, Microsoft states, “We've added another notification that confirms the time of the scheduled upgrade and provides the customer an additional opportunity for cancelling or rescheduling the upgrade.

"If the customer wishes to continue with their upgrade at the designated time, they can click 'OK' or close the notifications with no further action needed."

Unfortunately, Microsoft is still throwing yet another prompt in the face of customers that simply want to avoid Windows 10 for whatever reason. Microsoft should just get the hint that while many of see the benefits of Windows 10 and its superiority to legacy Windows operating systems, not everyone wants to (or should be forced/tricked to) upgrade if that’s clearly not their intention. No means no, and Microsoft should acknowledge that once and for all when it comes to Windows 10 upgrades.