Microsoft Makes Windows 10 Upgrade Automatic for Windows 7/8.1 in 2016
In a post to the official Windows blog, Windows and Devices Group executive vice president Terry Myerson said: “Beginning now, Windows 10 has been reclassified as an “Optional” update in Windows Update for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers. But, in ‘early’ 2016, things will become more aggressive. We expect to be re-categorizing Windows 10 as a ‘Recommended Update’, which means the Windows 10 upgrade process will start automatically, depending upon your Windows Update settings. Before the upgrade changes the OS of your device, you will be clearly prompted to choose whether or not to continue. Although Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 users have an option of turning off automatic updates, we strongly discourage this because Windows 10 is the best Windows ever – familiar, safer, faster, and full of innovations. Besides, if you choose to upgrade, then you will have 31 days to roll back to your previous Windows version if you don’t love it.”
Now 2016 is around the corner, and the news that Windows 10 will become an automatic “Recommended” update in 2016 has aroused a heated discussion all over the world. Some hold the positive view while others are against it. Here, for questions of whether we need to upgrade to Windows 10 automatically or not, how to automatically upgrade to Windows 10 and how to prevent Windows 10 from automatically downloading updates and other useful information, we’ll show the answer in order.
What’s Your Attitude to “Windows 10 Upgrade Will Be Automatic”
Pros: Many Windows users are glad to know that Windows 10 upgrade process will start automatically in 2016 since they know that Windows 10 will give them absolutely the best experience for doing what they do. Windows 10 starts fast, resumes fast, and comes with more security features than ever. And Windows 10 is familiar and easy to use. The “Start” menu is back and improved so users can get quick access to their favorite things. In addition, Windows 10 is designed to be compatible with the hardware and software users already use. And, Windows 10 is packed with innovations including Cortana (users’ truly personal digital assistant), Microsoft Edge (an all-new browser) and great built-in apps like photos, maps and music.
Cons: However, Windows 10 is not a finished product, and Microsoft is now offering "Windows as a Service". In other words, Windows 10 still has a lot of bugs and issues which need to be fixed.
Besides, in order to run Windows 10, users need a computer with a 1GHz processor or faster, 1GB of RAM for 32-bit machines or 2GB for 64-bit machines. If their system doesn't qualify, they need to buy a new one to upgrade to Windows 10. Therefore, some users really like to know whether they can prevent Windows 10 from automatically downloading updates.
Different people have different attitudes to this Microsoft action, and we are going to introduce corresponding countermeasures respectively.
Useful Suggestions for Users Who Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 Automatically
Since Windows 10 will become an automatic “Recommended” update in 2016, users who are going to upgrade to Windows 10 automatically want to know tips as well as suggestions on this issue.
2 Things You Need to Do Before Upgrading to Windows 10
There are two necessary things users need to do before they upgrade to Windows 10, including:
1: Backup All Important Data
It is recommended to backup all important data before upgrading to Windows 10. In theory, upgrading will not damage data, but users had better make a backup for both system and data in case of accidents. And, users can try using “Copy Disk” provided by MiniTool Partition Wizard (it has been awarded as the top 10 Windows software and enjoys over 16,000,000 downloads from CNET ) to easily and safely backup all needed files. Here, we take Windows 7 for example.
Users need to select the target disk which needs copying and click “Copy Disk” function from the left action panel to get the following interface.
At this time, users need to select the disk that will save the copy of the target disk and then click “Next>”. Note: the selected disk should be large enough to hold all content on the target disk, and users also need to backup all important data on this selected disk in advance, because all its data will be deleted.
After that, users need to choose a copying method and then click “Next>”. Moreover, it is highly suggested that SSD and advanced format HDD users keep checking the option “Force to align partitions to 1MB”. And then, users can click “Finish” button to go back to the main interface. Finally, click “Apply” button on the top left corner to apply all pending operations. Note: If users are copying system disk, they need to click “Restart Now” button to restart computer.
2: Extend Boot Partition
Furthermore, if users want to upgrade to Windows 10 on their PC or tablet, here are hardware requirements.
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
Since Windows 10 requires 16 GB for 32-bit OS and 20 GB for 64-bit OS, users have to make sure that the drive which will hold Windows 10 has enough space. As a matter of fact, users had better reserve more space for this drive, because updates may bring some temporary files which will be saved to it. If the current Windows 7 or 8.1 partition is small, what should users do? Here, MiniTool Partition Wizard can help to easily fix it since it owns “Extend Partition” feature which can directly take free space from any existing partition or unallocated space to enlarge a partition on the same disk.
Users only need to select the target partition and then choose “Extend Partition” function from the left action panel to open its operating window.
At this time, users can take free space from an existing partition (can be any partition except itself) or unallocated space and drag the sliding button to determine how much free space to take. Then, click “OK” button to go back to the main interface. Finally, users can click “Apply” button on the top left corner to apply the change.
How to Automatically Upgrade to Windows 10
If users choose to upgrade to Windows 10, they just need to do few things since Windows 10 will be automatically downloaded. Note: the download will take up between 3.5GB and 6GB of storage, which takes up a lot of drive space, and also wastes users’ network bandwidth. Therefore, this can cost people who don’t have unlimited bandwidth a lot of money. After downloading, users will come back to their PC and there will be a dialogue box where they can choose to upgrade to Windows 10 or choose not to upgrade to Windows 10. At this time, please choose to upgrade to Windows 10, and then the installation process will start automatically according to the Windows Update setting (it is the trusted, logical location for our most important updates). After all operations are done, users can run Windows 10 on their computer.
If users upgrade to Windows 10 from an eligible device running a genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, Windows 10 will automatically be activated online. And here, users can select the “Start” button icon, and then select “Settings > Update & security > Activation” to check activation status in Windows 10.
If the activation state says Windows is not activated, it might mean users’ previous version of Windows isn’t activated. In this situation, users need to enter a product key to activate their current version of Windows.
To check activation status for the current version of Windows:
In Windows 7, select the “Start” button, right-click “Computer”, and then select “Properties”. The activation status is under “Windows activation”.
In Windows 8.1, go to “Control Panel”, then select “System and Security > System”. The activation status is under Windows activation.
2: How to Rollback to A Previous Version of Windows from Windows 10
As we know, after upgrading to Windows 10, users will have 31 days to easily go back to the previous Windows version if they are not satisfied with the new OS since Microsoft will keep a full copy of users’ previous operating system (including apps and settings) on their device. At any time during the 31 days, they can go to “Settings->Update and Security-> Go back to a previous version of Windows” to return to their previous version of Windows. (as shown below)
Note: The setting will only be available when the system was upgraded from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
3: Migrate OS to SSD/HD
What’s more, after upgrading, Windows 10 users can turn to the “Migrate OS to SSD/HD” feature provided by MiniTool Partition Wizard to transfer their operating system from the normal hard disk to SSD/HD to shorten the boot time and enhance the performance of their computer. Users only need to click on “Migrate OS to SSD/HD Wizard” in Wizards column to enter the following guide interface.
Select the destination disk and click “Next” to continue. And then, users can tap “Yes” to move on. After that, they can choose a suitable OS adjustment way and click “Next” to move on, and click “Finish” to go back to main interface. Finally, users can click “Apply” in toolbar to execute pending operations and tap “Yes” in pop-up prompt window to allow changes.
4: Windows 10 Data Recovery
Last but not least, although more and more users choose to upgrade to Windows 10, they may encounter other troubles such as data loss. In general, Windows 10 data loss caused by various subjective or objective reasons happens more and more frequently in the world. And Windows 10 users’ feedback shows that there are some missing data after system upgrade. So well, how to recover lost data in Windows 10? And, how to recover lost data after upgrading to Windows 10 without affecting the original data?
Here, MiniTool Power Data Recovery (PCWORLD, a professional IT magazine, speaks very highly of this data recovery software) not only can help to recover lost data from Windows 10 but also can recover data after reinstalling Windows.
Since some people are looking to create offline media to upgrade one or more PCs, Microsoft plans to update its Media Creation Tool for building DVD ISO images and USB keys so that users will be able to create a single image capable of upgrading any 32-bit or 64-bit Home or Pro device. With this media, users can upgrade any number of Genuine PCs, and even do clean installs wherever they have a Windows license.
Microsoft also announced an initiative to crack down on pirated versions of Windows. They will offer a “one-click” opportunity to upgrade pirated copies of Windows 7/8.1 to Windows 10 via the Windows store or by entering an activation code purchased elsewhere. Terry Myerson explains: “If this turns into a path for most customers to get Genuine, we will expand the experiment. We’d like to welcome as many of these customers as possible to the legitimate Windows ecosystem.”
Although more and more users choose to upgrade to Windows 10, some users want to delay the upgrade since they are happily running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
3 Ways to Prevent Windows 10 from Automatically Downloading Updates
1: Stop Windows Update from Downloading the Files without Users’ Approval
Step 1: Users need to open Control Panel and navigate to “Programs and features”.
Step 2: Users can click the “View installed updates” in the left pane.
Step3: If users are running Windows 7 Service Pack 1, they should check for these following updates: KB3035583, KB2952664, and KB3021917. (Windows 8.1 users should check for these updates: KB3035583 and KB2976978.)
Step 4: Users should right-click each update and then click “Uninstall” from the context menu.
Step 5: Finally, users should reboot their computer.
Now that the updates are uninstalled, users need to tell Windows Update that they don’t want to install these updates in the future.
Step 1: Users need to open Control Panel again, and then select “Windows Update”, and click “Check for updates”.
Step 2: From the left pane, users should click “Important” to view uninstalled updates.
Step 3: Depending on Windows version installed look for the aforementioned updates, right-click on each of them, and choose “Hide update”. This will block the service from re-downloading the updates in future.
2: Use Group Policy
Firstly, it is very necessary to make sure that the Windows Update client mentioned on KB3080351 is installed on the computer.
Secondly, to suppress the downloading of the Windows 10 upgrade, users need to press “Win & R” to open the “Run” box. And then type “gpedit.msc” and hit “Enter” button to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
Thirdly, users should click “Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Windows Components>Windows Update Policy” to get the following window.
Fourthly, users can double-click “Turn off the upgrade to the latest version of Windows through Windows Update” and Enable this policy setting
Finally, users need to click Apply and exit.
3: Disable Windows Update
Users can set Windows Update to notify them but don’t download anything. Users can simply go into Windows Update and click “Change settings”, and then change the drop-down to “Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them”. (as shown below)
What's your opinion? Agree or against? Anyhow, Microsoft will push Windows 10 as a “recommended update” in 2016. Are you ready?