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Microsoft Windows 10 – Recommended Update

Published on April 4, 2016 in ITnews


Microsoft has recently changed Windows 10 from an optional update to a recommended update.

What does this mean for you?

If you are currently running Windows 7 or 8 (including 8.1) on your computer, Windows 10 will now be set to automatically download and install.  This is based on the default Windows Update settings installed on your computer that most people have.

Microsoft’s Executive Vice President Terry Myerson released this statement last year:

Early next year, we expect to be re-categorizing Windows 10 as a “Recommended Update”. Depending upon your Windows Update settings, this may cause the upgrade process to automatically initiate on your device. Before the upgrade changes the OS of your device, you will be clearly prompted to choose whether or not to continue.

Upgrading to Windows 10 is currently free.  However, we firmly believe this should not be an automatic update, with little warning to you.  This should be a business decision not an individual user decision.  We can block this update.  If you would like this please let us know by contacting us.

Here is the notification – please note the only section it mentions Windows 10 is the fine print.

Windows Update great we'll get the update started










And in the second window once the installation is ready


Windows Update is ready to install







It is our recommendation that prior to installation of a new operating system, a thorough check of your environment should be undertaken to ensure the process is as smooth as possible.

If you want the Windows 10 upgrade, it is important to understand the implications. Some applications and versions may not be compatible.  In some cases the hardware and drivers may not be supported which could result in downtime.  The worst cases scenario being the computer will need to be rebuilt, with the potential for data loss.

It is important to plan the upgrade and schedule it for a time that is suitable for you.  NOVA iT GROUP can help you with this.

If you would like us to assist you in ensuring you don’t get a sudden update to Windows 10, possibly leading to issues on your system, please contact us immediately.

1300 NOVA iT (6682 48)

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