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Official way from Microsoft to never upgrade to Windows 10 (microsoft.com)
10 points by alister on Jan 14, 2016 | hide | past | web | favorite | 5 comments

If you're running Windows 7 or 8, finally we can stop being harassed with the insistent and sneaky forced upgrade to privacy-invasive Windows 10. It's an official fix from Microsoft:

"Microsoft has released new updates to enable you to block upgrades to Windows 10 through Windows Update. These updates install a new Group Policy Object. Computers that have this Group Policy Object enabled will never detect, download, or install an upgrade to the latest version of Windows.


EDIT: To be clear, the confusing instructions provide 3 different ways to block Windows 10 forever. You can do it through either Group Policy, or Computer Configuration, or the Windows Registry.

I wish my parents hadn't upgraded. It didn't work the first time and somehow they decided they should pay Geek Squad to do it (which "worked") but nothing has been the same since.

Microsoft is going through a phase of "replace everything, features be damned", prioritizing a fresh coat of paint over features. Applications mysteriously do not work as well as they used to, and yet they still want people to upgrade desperately. It is not an upgrade.

Example: the stupidly simple task of importing photos from an iPhone does not work with the Windows 10 Photos app, even though it did on earlier OS versions. What's worse, the new simplified UI does not do a very good job of explaining anything, it usually just sits there. If they can't foresee users having one of the most popular phones/cameras on the planet, and they break that, what else is broken?

I wanted to believe that Microsoft had changed but they're just getting better at pig lipstick. I'm sorry.

From the FAQ: "please use the original title, unless it is misleading or linkbait."

If modified by mods, the submitted title was "Official way from Microsoft to never upgrade to privacy-nightmare Windows 10"

This title is so blatatantly biased I'm surprised it doesn't use a dollar sign for the S in Microsoft.

The original title is "How to manage Windows 10 notification and upgrade options" which is very uninformative. I would not have assumed that it provides a way to block Windows 10 forever.

I use Windows all the time, so I'm not biased against it; however, I do not like the privacy practices of Windows 10. But I'm taking your point and removing the words "privacy-nightmare".

Usually it's ok to use a small variation that adds information but don't editorializes the title too much. In this case I propose "How to manage and block Windows 10 notification and upgrade options".

(Another allowed alternative to the title is the subtitle or the first sentence of the abstract, but in this case they are not useful.)

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