March 29th, 2016
Just recently I had a discussion with Russell in Portland about if there was a performance benefit if he upgraded his Windows 7 machine to Windows 10. I told him I doubted that it would improve his Lightroom or Photoshop performance and he decided he would stick with Windows 7. Apparently there are many Windows users out there that have no intention of upgrading to Windows 10.
But just a few minutes ago while listening to Steve Gibson’s Security Now podcast Steve said there are quite a few cases in the last week where Windows 7 and 8.1 machines have upgraded to Windows 10 WITHOUT users clicking the upgrade button that keeps nagging you. Sounds crazy, but Steve is very trustworthy and has committed not to upgrade himself. The auto-upgrade thing happened to a very close friend last week so he had a lot of details on the situation. If I heard this from almost anyone else, I wouldn’t believe it.
As a result, Steve wrote a piece of code that prevents upgrading to Windows 10 without your permission. Steve is giving this away for free. If you want to have total control over when and if you upgrade I suggest you install a copy of Steve’s Never10. Apparently, Never10 is very popular, he’s had 27,000 downloads in the last couple of days.