This is a piece of news that many readers are sure to thank: Microsoft is going to end the update notification to Windows 10.
When Windows 10 was introduced about a year ago, Microsoft became very heavy and pushy. He wanted us to update at all costs, even if he had to force us to, literally speaking.
Many users found overnight that their Windows 7 or Windows 8 I had downloaded all the Windows 10 files and installed them on a reboot, thanks to the decision to label the update to Windows 10 as recommended (a label normally reserved for security updates).
Windows 10 upgrade notification has accomplished its mission
Even if we configured everything so that Windows 10 didn’t install itself, we had to suffer constant notifications from Get Windows 10 application released by Microsoft and installed along with regular updates.
This does not mean that the campaign was not successful, mind you. Just yesterday Microsoft announced that Windows 10 had reached 300 million devices six months faster than Windows 7, its most popular system. It is true that Windows 7 is currently the most used by far, but at the rate Windows 10 is going, it would not be surprising if it loses the first place very soon.
In that sense, we can say that Microsoft has got what it wants, a large enough user base before turning off the tap and removing free updates. In a way, it seems like a masterpiece on the part of Redmond, who knew that they were not going to get this acceptance of Windows 10 with a traditional payment model from the beginning.
What happens if you decide not to update
Now, in what situation does this leave Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users? Well for starters, the first big change is that Starting July 29, they will stop receiving notifications to update to Windows 10; makes sense, as the upgrade will no longer be free thereafter.
Also, Get Windows 10 app to be deleted from all computers who have downloaded it, and updates that force the update will be disabled; This process will be gradual, just as the update process was, so it may take a while for us to notice the difference.
If you are using Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 and do not plan to upgrade, this is very good news. At the same time, you only have a few weeks to make the final decision to update for free.
Support for Windows 7 ends in 2020 and support for Windows 8.1 in 2023, so both systems should receive security updates during these years, but nothing else. Do not expect Microsoft to develop new programs for these systems, nor receive the news that Windows 10 does.
And if you are a player, keep in mind that DirectX 12 games can only be played on Windows 10 (although at the moment there are not many that are exclusive to this system).
Ultimately, the time has come to choose. Windows 10 is not for everyone, after all.