Windows 10 Upgrade is not Forced on Anyone – Microsoft

Users are prompted before the update

There have been few reports lately suggesting automatic updates happening on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs without the user’s knowledge.

Ever since the last Tuesday patch update, there have been doubts surrounding Microsoft handling of Windows 10 updates. The rollout comprised of necessary files to initiate the upgrade to Windows 10 via Windows Update. Users started reporting automatic upgrade disabling them to skip the process and continue running the same OS.

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All this resulted in heavy criticism for Microsoft, which has been accused of forcing Windows 10 on users to achieve a higher adoption rate for Windows 10.

“Customers are in Full Control”

Microsoft Spokesperson in a statement to Softpedia told this wasn’t the case and users are always prompted beforehand to proceed with the update or not. He added that the Customers are in full control citing the post published by OS group head Terry Myerson in October.

“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. As stated in that post, we have updated the upgrade experience to make it easier for customers to schedule a time for their upgrade to take place. Customers continue to be fully in control of their devices, and can choose to not install the Windows 10 upgrade or remove the upgrade from Windows Update (WU) by changing the WU settings,” the spokesperson told Softpedia.

This shall clear any doubts regarding the automatic upgrade reports hovering over the internet. In case, anyone got updated to Windows 10 without knowledge, does have the option to downgrade in next 30 days.