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Our battles against GWX may soon be over


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#1 rp88

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Posted 07 May 2016 - 09:29 AM

I noticed the following headline today:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/06/windows_10_update/

Ms appear to have announced that they will be ending the free upgrade period on July 29th and that when they do so they will also be disabling GWX and rolling out updates to remove it from windows 7/8.1 computers.

This ofcourse begs the question of whether we can expect GWX to get more aggressive in the remaining few months. There are possibilities here we could perhaps worry about, but if the news really is exactly what it appears to be then it looks like good news.

Some people have suggested on this forum that ms might extend the deadline for free upgrade, if so they will no doubt also extend the time for which GWX acts, but given that ms has made the announcement NOW that GWX and the free upgrade period will end on July the 29th it seems a little late for them to be doing something they plan to change later, so I would guess that the end of GWX really is on the horizon.

It's not over yet, things might get tougher before they get better, but after July 29th we shouldn't be seeing any more of these:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/06/windows_10_upgrade_hell/
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/28/windows_10_live_tv/
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/608254/how-do-you-feel-about-windows-10/page-5#entry3984240
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/17/microsoft_windows_10_upgrade_gwx_vs_humanity/
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/11/microsoft_adds_nonsecurity_updates_to_security_patches/

Edited by rp88, 07 May 2016 - 09:29 AM.

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#2 Castle Robin

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Posted 07 May 2016 - 10:11 AM

Time will tell, but not before time if Microsoft fulfils its promises.

 

For those who want Windows 10, it's each person's individual prerogative, but for the rest of us who prefer WIndows 7 or Windows 8.1, we want to be free of non-consensual GWX updates.  Kudos to GWX Control Panel and equivalents for assisting.

 

Keeping those updates at bay and/or using Linux will give users the justified freedom they deserve to run their computers as they are entitled to do.

 

However, people who don't want Windows 10 but do want Windows 7 or 8.1 should still exercise caution, as to remove the "GWX" downloads, Microsoft would have to have access via Automatic updates to remove them:

 

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2016/05/06/windows_10_update/

 

The following is a very valid point, which might never happen, but I wouldn't rule it out at all due to Microsoft's persistent antics sneaking in Windows 10 files on unsuspecting Windows 7 and 8.1 users' computers.  Those who've had Windows updates installed automatically are not to blame for these exploits creeping in, given that Microsoft didn't make them aware of them beforehand.  "Let me choose when to install updates" or "Never check for updates" still allow users to choose Windows Update, but updates of their choosing, at their preferred pace:

 

 

Removed How?

"and eventually removed from PCs worldwide" ... by automatically installing Windows 10 on them.

 

Microsoft have made some very good operating systems and programs, but I don't agree with the direction they've gone including them trying to pressure people with unjustified aggressive marketing tactics into installing Windows 10 which not everyone wants (yet) nor has to install if they never want to use it, as there are viable alternatives. 


Edited by Castle Robin, 08 May 2016 - 03:00 AM.





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