Is Microsoft trying to push you into Windows 10, whether you want to go there or not? They have a new trick, starting the upgrade when your back is turned. You sit down at your computer and you find that the upgrade to Windows 10 is in full swing, with a message that says, “Do not unplug or turn off your computer or it go off like a pressure-cooker bomb,” or words to that effect.
Alternatively, if you catch it before it starts the upgrade, Microsoft gives you a choice of “upgrade now” or “upgrade later.” Upgrade later means you can set a date for the upgrade up to four days in the future. If you choose “upgrade later,” Microsoft starts installing Windows 10 when the time comes with no further warning!
After you choose “upgrade later,” go to Ultimate Outsider.com and download GWX Control Panel. It is easy to install and lets you avoid Windows 10 forever.
If you blow your chance and Windows 10 is busily installing itself, do not give up hope. You can abrogate the upgrade when it completes by refusing to accept the end-user license agreement or terms of service. Declining to accept forces Windows 10 to skulk back into its dank hole for the time being. You then have an opportunity to install GWX Control Panel.
Windows 10 is not inevitable. Sure, you might want to upgrade in a year or two when all of your applications are Windows 10 compatible. In the meanwhile, why move into the Windows 10 world when you are not sure about all those important programs you depend on.
John B. Payne, Attorney
Garrison LawHouse, PC
Dearborn, Michigan 313.563.4900
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 800.220.7200
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