Windows 10 Now More Aggressive Update

If you are a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 user, who don’t want to upgrade to Windows 10 now or anytime soon, you might be sick of Microsoft constantly pestering you to upgrade your OS.  I have even heard now that the Windows 10 upgrade is almost installing itself.

With its goal to deploy Windows 10 on over 1 Billion devices worldwide, Microsoft is becoming more aggressive to convince Windows 7 and 8.1 users to upgrade to its newest operating system, and it is getting harder for users to prevent the OS being installed.
But if you’re worried that this out of control Windows 10 upgrade process will force you into downloading an unwanted OS; I have an easier solution to block Windows 10 upgrade on your PCs.

If you don’t want the Windows 10 upgrade, then have a look at this link:

HOW TO DISABLE THE WINDOWS 10 UPGRADE PERMANENTLY

If, it has already done the install and you want to go back, you have a limited time this will work but look at this link:

DOWNGRADE WINDOWS 10: GO BACK TO WINDOWS 7 OR 8.1.

After you downgrade, then it might be in your best interests to disable the Windows 10 upgrade with the previous link.

Do take into account that the Windows 10 upgrade will no longer be free after the 29th July 2016.

If you are running Windows 8.1, I would recommend the upgrade.

Microsoft: Windows 10 To Be The Only Supported OS On Modern CPUs

It’s been a long time since we’ve had to worry about CPU / OS incompatibilities. In fact, the last time it was an issue was the shift from x86 to x64, but that was largely transparent to consumers thanks to AMD and its x86-64 specification, which was later adopted by Intel. Now, with Windows 7 having just entered its extended support phase, Microsoft has taken the opportunity to drop the news that only Windows 10 will be supported on upcoming CPUs.

Windows 7 was designed nearly 10 years ago before any x86/x64 SOCs existed. For Windows 7 to run on any modern silicon, device drivers and firmware need to emulate Windows 7’s expectations for interrupt processing, bus support, and power states — which is challenging for WiFi, graphics, security and more.

As such, the company has made the decision to distance itself from older processors and platforms. Intel’s Skylake refresh “Kaby Lake” will mark the start of this transition:

Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support. This enables us to focus on deep integration between Windows and the silicon, while maintaining maximum reliability and compatibility with previous generations of platform and silicon. For example, Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows platform on Intel’s upcoming “Kaby Lake” silicon, Qualcomm’s upcoming “8996” silicon, and AMD’s upcoming “Bristol Ridge” silicon.

A list of supported devices will make an appearance in the near future and will help clear up what will work where:

In clarifying this policy, we are prioritizing transparency with enterprises on where to find the highest reliability and best supported Windows experience: Windows 10 on any silicon, Windows 7 on the down-level silicon it was designed for, or a device on the support list.

That doesn’t mean Windows 7 will magically stop working on new CPUs and it’s clear in the above statement Windows 10 won’t suddenly explode on older hardware. It does however draw a line in the sand for Intel, Microsoft, AMD and other companies where we can finally make the proper transition to cutting-edge 64-bit silicon, rather than wallow with one foot in the 32-bit pool.

It was going to happen eventually and while it was a painful day when 16-bit applications stopped working in Windows, we all got over it eventually. And hey, there will always be Linux.

Watch Out For Two New Scams Related To Windows 10

Windows 10 is making an unwanted name for itself in the scam department after malicious actors are using two different tactics in efforts to obtain information from unsuspecting users.

There are two primary vectors where an scammer/attacker could use the enthusiasm and discussions around Windows 10 to entice you to let your guard down.

Tech Support Calls

One scam that has been active for quite a while is the phone call that comes into your home claiming to be some type of tech support and many times they will use Microsoft’s name to try and add some legitimacy to the call.

They then commence to tell you that an alert was received on their end of an issue relating to your computer and that they can help resolve that.  If you give them access to your machine, typically using Team Viewer software, they then show you errors on your system in order to convince you of the problem. Once you grant them control they could plant a piece of malware on your system and block your security software from detecting it.

Another thing they might tey is to indicate they can help you get Windows 10 installed on your system so you then grant them control and you end up with malicious software instead of Windows 10.

They may at anytime in this process attempt to collect fees for their assistance as well once they have your trust.

A variation: Cold calls attempting to help you reserve the Windows 10 upgrade for a fee or getting your permission to send an email that would contain malicious code/attachments.

Windows 10 Upgrade Email

Microsoft has sent out official emails to anyone who successfully reserved a copy of Windows 10 to let them know there place in line is safe and that they will soon be able to start the upgrade. It is believed millions of people were able to reserve the upgrade and are waiting for the download/upgrade process to begin.

The scammers will take advantage of this anticipation by sending a malicious file attached to what appears to be an very official looking email and tell the recipient that opening it will begin the upgrade and/or download process.

That begins the attack on your system.

A variation: Instead of attaching a malicious file to the email they may send you an embedded link indicating that site will help you begin the upgrade process.

My Advice

 

The best cure for both of these is to know that Microsoft will not contact you over the phone about the Windows 10 Upgrade nor will they email you any type of executable file that will begin the process.

Currently the only legitimate methods to get Windows 10 onto your system is through the Get Windows 10 app, the small white Windows flag icon in the lower right corner of your computer screen, or to use the installation media creation tools Microsoft released last week.

Alternatively, you can contact me and I will assist you remotely to start the upgrade process.

Be vigilant and keep your security software up to date to provide yourself maximum protection against these and other malicious/phishing attacks.