The Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users who have not yet upgraded to Windows 10 will now see a more aggressive push from Microsoft to upgrade to the new OS. The software giant said in a statement Monday that it had started pushing Windows 10 as a “recommended” update in the Windows Update application. Back in October, Microsoft had outlined a schedule to start doing it in early 2016.
Making it easier for customers to upgrade to Windows 10
“We are committed to making it easy for our Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers to upgrade to Windows 10,” said a Microsoft spokesperson. The Windows 10 rollout as a recommended update will happen in a phased manner. Now that it is a recommended update rather than an optional one, Microsoft will download a few gigabytes of Windows 10 code to your machine if automatic updates are turned on.
In October, the software giant said the “reservation” phase of upgrading to the new OS had ended. The reservation phase required users to proactively reserve their free copy of Windows 10 for download. Next, Microsoft began pushing its latest OS to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users as an “optional” upgrade in Windows Update. And now the company has started pushing it as a “recommended” update.
You will still have to proactively confirm the upgrade
However, users will not be forced to move to the new OS. Users will have to manually and proactively confirm the upgrade after the files have been downloaded and unpacked in the background. If you do move, intentionally or accidentally, to Windows 10 and don’t like it, you have 31 days to move back to the old OS on your machine. If you have chosen the “Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates,” the automatic upgrade will kick off.
Windows 10 installations surpassed 200 million at the end of December. Microsoft aims to have the OS running on at least one billion devices by 2018. According to data from StatCounter, the new OS has surpassed Windows 8.1 in terms of usage, but it still lags behind Windows 7.