Microsoft’s ‘Get Windows 10’ dialogue box saw a lot of criticism. The company presented the upgrade as ‘Recommended’ and (if I may) tricked users into getting the new OS against their will because of the interestingly unclear prompt. Now however, the Redmond giant has made considerable changes to this prompt.
Previously, the upgrade prompt appeared as a plain window similar to one which appears for smaller updates on Windows 7 and 8.1. It constituted of just a little info about the upgrade along with two radio buttons labelled ‘Upgrade Now’ and ‘Upgrade Tonight’. This meant most users didn’t know how to cancel the process and hence were forced to get the new operating system from Microsoft.
In fact, closing the window by clicking on the ‘X’ on the top right cancelled the update. This wasn’t advertised by the tech giant.
As of May 12 though, the company has changed the way the upgrade prompt appears. The window seems to have more clarity with way more information but we might still just miss the ‘clear here’ link to cancel the upgrade. All in all, though, it’s a significant improvement to the previous prompt.
The new prompt also comes in with date/time/cancel options which make it a lot more user-friendly. Apparently, some users had reported of getting similar prompts earlier this year, but a mass roll-out has been observed just this month.
Unfortunately, the new update to the prompt also changes how the ‘X’ on the top responds. Instead of cancelling the update, the button now schedule the same for later. The free “Get Windows 10” offer ends on July 29, so Microsoft is trying the get the most out of the time remaining by pushing the upgrade as recommended.
With the free Windows 10 upgrade offer ending on July 29th, we want to help people upgrade to the best version of Windows. As we shared in October, Windows 10 will be offered as a ‘Recommended’ update for Windows 7 & 8.1 customers whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept ‘Recommended’ updates. Customers can choose to accept or decline the Windows 10 upgrade,
said a spokesperson.