KB2952664, KB2976978 to bring back Windows 10 upgrade invitations?

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

Microsoft removed the “Get Windows 10 for free” pop-up via cumulative update KB3184143. This means that Windows 7 and 8.1 users are no longer bugged by the annoying invitation to upgrade their OS for free.

Since miracles last only for a few days, Microsoft could be up to its old tricks, preparing to bring the upgrade invitation back from the dead. Beautifully described as a “compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7”, cumulative update KB2952664 for Windows 7 could be a devil in disguise. Many users fear that the detested “Get Windows 10” window could soon invade their screens again.

Windows 8 and 8.1 users are also on Microsoft’s black list. Cumulative update KB2976978 for Windows 8.1 has the exact same role as KB2952664 , and will perform compatibility tests to detect possible issues in the event of an OS upgrade.

Microsoft preparing to bring back Windows 10 upgrade invitations

This update performs diagnostics on the Windows systems that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program. These diagnostics help determine whether compatibility issues may be encountered when the latest Windows operating system is installed. This update will help Microsoft and its partners ensure compatibility for customers who want to install the latest Windows operating system.

Microsoft’s move was actually predictable since the Windows 10 adoption rate experienced a slowdown recently, and the company hasn’t given up on its plans to have 1 billion devices run its latest OS by 2018. The Redmond giant used a series of unusual methods to convince users to upgrade to Windows while the free offer was still valid, and many users fear the company will resume these practices. Users believe the two recent updates, KB2952664 and KB2976978, are nothing but the immediate predecessor of a new”Get Windows 10″ window.

For the time being, you can still avoid installing these two updates. Or you can simply remove them. However, most likely  KB2952664 and KB2976978 will be included in the next monthly cumulative rollups for Windows 7 and 8.1. When this happens, users won’t be able to hide or remove these updates. If you want to keep these two updates away from your computer, the only solution is to simply avoid all updates via Windows Update.

Two months have passed since the Windows 10 Anniversary Update OS was rolled out. If you initially refused to upgrade, is your stance any different now?

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