The BBC is reporting that Microsoft has changed the way that it ‘suggests’ that you upgrade to Windows 10. When you get the update pop-up, saying that “Windows 10 is a recommended update for this PC”, if you click on the X to dismiss the pop-up, rather than dismissing the message, it schedules the update!
According to the BBC, “this has caused confusion as typically clicking a red cross closes a pop-up notification.”
Note: Not all systems have a red X, we realize, but the point is that clicking the X in the upper right-hand corner to dismiss the message results, instead, in the update being scheduled.
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The BBC quotes Microsoft as saying that “The upgrade could still be cancelled, when the scheduled time for it to begin appeared.”
In other words, after clicking on the X to close and dismiss the message, it instead would move forward with scheduling an update – and at that point you could cancel the upgrade.
In a piece in PC World titled “How Microsoft’s tricky new Windows 10 pop-up deceives you into upgrading”, Brad Chacos observes that “Deploying these dirty tricks only frustrates long-time Windows users who have very valid reasons to stick with operating systems they already know and love.”
And security researcher Graham Cluely calls it a “dirty little windows 10 upgrade trick”, pointing out that “although most user interface design would consider the pressing of that “X” to be a cancellation of the process, Microsoft has decided to read it as your acceptance that you wish to upgrade your computer to Windows 10.”
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