Report: Microsoft "Push" To Windows 10 Becoming A Shove? - W10 'Nag' Bypassing Disable Efforts

Quick background: Recently, as a defense against Microsoft's highly aggressive push for users to install Windows 10, a couple of simple registry tweaks to block these tactics were published on the internet (a link is in the original article). As now reported though some W7 and W8 users who have taken these measures are discovering that 'Windows 10' is apparently turning itself back on:
Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

[excerpted] Windows 7 and 8 installations are finding new ways to re-enable Microsoft’s intrusive “Get Windows 10” nagware, even when users disable it.

An additional background process has been detected that resets the Registry’s AllowOSUpgrade flag twice a day. Prophylactic measures taken by users to disable the nagware – such as these – therefore have limited use. The additional process has only been found by some users, and appears to arrive in a modified version of the KB patch which unleashes GWX [GWX = get-windows-10].

This can either mean one of two things, neither of which is good.

One is that Microsoft is changing the payload of the GWX nagware patch without documenting the changes.

The other possibility is that the aggressive GWX program is mutating, and may be close to achieving sentience. GWX already fulfils many of the characteristics of an aggressive malware. Stylistically, the pop-up appears to be modelled after the nasties found on pirate media and porn sites – a pretty classy touch from Microsoft.

Similarities include: GWX won’t take "No" for an answer, and is difficult to disable. It targets old and neglected computer installations (e.g. Windows 7), and the technically naive (home Windows users). More worryingly, GWX now appears to be mutating, changing its techniques in response to preventive measures. It’s cat and mouse out there, and GWX appears to be winning.

Pretty soon almost anything with a CPU and display will be reminding you that you’re eligible for a Windows 10 upgrade. And that could only be the start*.

This post is a follow up on: Alert: Microsoft Vows To "Do Everything They Possibly Can" To "Push" All Users To Windows 10 'The Service' 1-4-16 "'Windows 10 'The Service' Is Big Brother Computer Takeover: "All I Wanna Be Is Everything" Says He; "World Is Ready' -- "Microsoft vowing to do "everything [they] possibly can to get people to move to Windows 10" is a huge statement. More specifically, vowing the intent to even "push" to get what they want reveals how intentional they plan to be. These statements clearly signal that this now openly stated Microsoft policy cannot be ignored...Here is the reality for all W7 and W8 users. Taking complete control of the "Windows update" system of your computer/s is from this point forward critical if you do not want to be tricked or forced into being wired into the morphing Big Brother home-portal system aka Windows 10 the "service". Be informed. *This is just the start of 'doing everything they possibly can'. What does that say for 2017, 2018, etc.?" [see post]

Windows 10 'the service' - an open portal to ? -Recommend do not get sucked in
Microsoft Windows 10 'push' already becoming a 'shove'? Be very much aware - because all they wanna be is "everything".  Rev. 18:4
1-16-16 update: Windows 10 Big Brother Takeover Is On: Microsoft Announces New Processors To Only Work With W10
Jeremiah 10:11 'Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens'


Anonymous said...

The answer to this is, use Linux.

Anonymous said...

Does Linux wipe Windows completely off the computer/laptop? Is there anything that will??

tom m. said...

to anon (directly above)

You have different options. Linux can be installed so that it will replace Windows completely, or it can be installed as a "dual boot" which keeps both systems on the hard drive and then gives an option during the boot to select which one you want to use.

When a Linux install disc is put into the cd/dvd drive it will ask how you want to do it.

Look on Youtube...lots of how-to videos. It's not hard.