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Has Microsoft Installed Adware on Your PC to Promote Windows 10?


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#1 saw101

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Posted 12 May 2015 - 08:10 PM

 

The countdown to Windows 10 has begun in earnest, and Microsoft is going to great lengths to ensure each and every Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 user is fully aware. We know that the Windows 10 upgrade will be free for those users, and Microsoft wanted to remind us with a handy notification service that appeared in the recent KB3035583 update.

 

Read Full Article Here: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/microsoft-installed-adware-pc-promote-windows-10/


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Posted 12 May 2015 - 08:19 PM

I'll say it once again: this Windows Update is legitimate and it'll be used to create a future "Upgrade Advisor" like there was in Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Let me find that thread on Microsoft website and I'll link it. People have to stop being paranoid about that update. It's not adware.

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Posted 12 May 2015 - 08:32 PM

The link to the MS article will be most appreciated. Thanks Aura.


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Posted 12 May 2015 - 08:36 PM

Not the one I was looking for, but here, at the bottom:

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_update/kb3035583-installing-windows-10-using-windows/e8dc58af-18c4-4ab6-9906-02658b8f402d

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Posted 13 May 2015 - 07:41 PM

If you want to avoid this just don't install the updates KB3013816 (for windows 8.1 atleast, might not be offered to 7 users) or KB3035583 (offered to 7 and 8.1 users). Whether it is nagware is debatable, quite what it will do (it looks be designed to wait for a particular date or signal before activating, apparently) when it gets activated is unknown, but it is known that those updates are both connected to it. One of the things which will happen if you install KB3035583 is a new service will appear running in the services tab of task manager, this service is named GWX.


If you are concerned about suggestions of nagware or other things designed to make you upgrade from 7 or 8.1 to 10 then just avoid certain updates, for now those two are the ones to be avoided, other similar ones might be released at later times though so you might need to keep a careful eye out for them.

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Posted 13 May 2015 - 07:46 PM

You say that they are "to be avoided", yet there's no reason at all right now to avoid them. Unless you value the small space the new GWX folder takes on your system.

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Posted 13 May 2015 - 08:00 PM

Personally I see it like this:

Those two updates don't give security benefits, they aren't security ones, so you don't gain much from installing them and you don't vitally need them. They don't improve compatibility for users of particular hardware types, they don't improve the running of particular programs a user might have, they don't make windows easier or more convenient to use, they don't give the user more control and freedom with things, they don't make your computer run faster. They might do things you won't like, they might not, no-one is truly sure yet, and no-one yet knows what date it will be when they can be sure. So if those two updates don't do anything useful, and they aren't vitally important, and there are suggestions that they might lead to unpleasant things in future, why bother to install those two? I sort of see this as a "don't fix what isn't broken" matter, it IS NOT "those updates are evil, AVOID them like the plague!!", it IS "those updates won't do anything you want doing, though they might not do anything bad either, why BOTHER installing them?".

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Posted 13 May 2015 - 08:04 PM

Yet these updates will still be used in the future for the Upgrade Assistant, so they aren't completely useless. I understand your point of view, but there's just no point in it. The big issue there is that they were said to be "Important" updates when they weren't and now everyone's tripping balls because of that. If you don't want to use the future Upgrade Advisor fine, but if you do, then keep them.

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Posted 13 May 2015 - 08:25 PM

Paul Revere did not generate excitement by riding his horse breakneck speed yelling "my cookware is coming, my cookware is coming!" There are some out there in Internet World that enjoy yelling "Microsoft is coming, Microsoft is coming." Guess it beats boredom.

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Posted 13 May 2015 - 08:43 PM

"If you don't want to use the future Upgrade Advisor [remove/refuse them], but if you do, then keep them" Well expressed, that just about sums up all the arguments surrounding these updates.
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Posted 13 May 2015 - 09:04 PM

Points and counterpoints have been made. Thus the topic is now closed.

People can judge for themselves, whether to allow MS to add files to be initialized later or not.

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