As we reported to you yesterday, Microsoft is planning to update Windows 7 and 8.1 computers in order to make it easier for everyone on these systems toshould they simply want to stick with their current version.
Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Windows and Devices, Terry Myerson, has explained in a statement how exactly the upgrade prompt is going to work, pointing out that the whole purpose here is to make everything more intuitive and to give users an easier way to opt out of the upgrade.
Specifically, clicking the X button in the upgrade prompt will from now on act as a dismiss button, and not as confirmation, as it happened before.
One more month of struggle
Previously, clicking the X button played the role of an acknowledgment that the upgrade to Windows 10 would take place, and Myerson explains that, from now on, this is going to have a completely opposite behavior, which is what users expect when pressing the X button.
“We started our journey with Windows 10 with a clear goal to move people from needing Windows to choosing Windows to loving Windows. Towards this goal, this week we’ll launch a new upgrade experience for millions of PCs around the world. The new experience has clearer options to upgrade now, choose a time, or decline the free offer. If the red-x is selected on this new dialog, it will dismiss the dialog box and we will notify the device again in a few days,” Myerson was quoted as.
“We continue to recommend all of our customers upgrade to Windows 10 before the free upgrade offer expires on July 29. Thousands of engineers have been working on making Windows 10 the most secure version of Windows, helping to protect people from viruses, phishing, identity theft and more. We’d like our customers to upgrade and improve their experience with Windows and Microsoft.”
It’s important to note that clicking the X button once doesn’t mean that you’re on the safe side forever. Myerson clearly states that the upgrade prompt will return in a few days after doing it, so you’ll still be asked whether you want to upgrade to Windows 10 or not every once in a while.
On the other hand, if you’ve survived on Windows 7 or 8.1 until now, the struggle is supposed to end in approximately one month, as Microsoft will conclude the free upgrade to Windows 10 offer in exactly one month. On July 29, Microsoft will also pull the Get Windows 10 app from PCs running Windows 7 or 8.1, thus bringing this aggressive Windows 10 upgrade push to an end.