Microsoft’s Windows 10 Nagware Goes Full Screen, But It Isn’t That Bad


Microsoft has promised that the annoying Get Windows 10 nagware will be leaving our "old" computers once the free upgrade offer expires on July 29. However, ahead of this expiration the company is giving one last call to remind everyone that the time is running out. And this last call, if I may dare say, isn't that bad at all.

Microsoft's last efforts at Windows 10 nagware

Microsoft has done its best to annoy the heck out of Windows 7 and 8 users, trying to make them upgrade to the latest Windows 10. In the previous months, we saw a huge number of complaints where the company installed the OS without any user interaction, or interrupted important business meetings with the GWX app popups. Right before the year-long free Windows 10 upgrade offer ends, the company issued a press release saying that it'd introduce a clear "decline" option in the upgrade popups. Too late, too small an effort? Exactly.

Now, everyone's complaining about another upgrade tactic that the company has employed for the last few weeks, as the clock counts down. Microsoft is now planting a full-screen notification on the screens to remind everyone of the last chance to upgrade to Windows 10 if they don't want to pay $119 later on. While many have complained about this full-screen nagware, the latest popup includes a not-so-Microsofty option to never notify the user again. Yes, you would be annoyed seeing a full-screen message, but this is also an opportunity of getting out of this GWX cycle, once and for all. Well, for a month that is left...

Full screen Windows 10 nagware

The two user-focused choices are kind of hidden in the lower left corner, while the persistent reminders get more visibility in the lower right end. If you have previously uninstalled Windows 10 and rolled back to Windows 7, 8 and 8.1, or if your Windows installation failed and rolled back, you won't be seeing this full-screen popup. Those who have disabled the offer through registry key settings won't see the message either. But, if your PC is compatible with Windows 10 and you do see the popup, you have the following choices:

  • Upgrade now
  • Remind me later
  • Notify me three more times
  • Do not notify me again (yes, please!)

If you are planning to upgrade to Windows 10 in the future, this is the best time to avail the free offer. You can upgrade over the next week, wait for Anniversary Update to launch on August 2, test it, and if you still don't like the OS, roll back availing the free 30 days roll back offer. If you do not want to go through this testing phase now, you will have to pay $119 for Windows 10 Home after July 29.

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