It seems like Microsoft really, really wants its users to upgrade to Windows 10. Microsoft’s newest operating system is now labelled as a recommended update for users that are still using either Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. This comes to no surprise since the change coincides with Microsoft’s scheduled Windows 10 push, which was highlighted in its blog post last October.
This means users that have automatic updates enabled will be constantly prompted with an option to upgrade to Windows 10. However, Microsoft was quick to mention that users will not be fully migrated to Windows 10 unless they choose to do so. In an unfortunate (or fortunate) event of Windows 10 installing automatically without authorisation, users will be given 31 days to rollback to their previous Windows versions should they choose to do so. It is unknown however, if Microsoft will be pushing Windows 10 for users that have automatic updates disabled. That being said, Microsoft seems eager to achieve its target of 1 billion Windows 10 installations by 2018. Interestingly, it was reported about a month ago that Windows 10 had already surpassed the 200 million installations mark. One might wonder what the installation numbers would be like in three to four months after the status change of Windows 10.
Regardless, Microsoft has made it clear that Windows 10 will still remain as an option – not mandatory- for older Windows version users despite being recommended. Besides that, users will still have full control over whether or not to opt out of the Windows 10 upgrade. It’s worth mentioning that Windows 10 still remains a free upgrade for users that are on Windows 7,8 or 8.1 until July 2016.
Finally, Microsoft is also currently running a test in the United States whereby it is offering non-genuine Windows users with a “one-click” opportunity to get a legitimate version of the operating system via the Windows Store. According to Microsoft, should the test be successful, it will be offering similar opportunities throughout other countries as well.