Microsoft will roll out full-screen Windows 10 upgrade prompts to Windows 7 users in January

Gezzer

TS Booster
I'm running Win7 on three machines, 2 dual boot with Linux Mint and one with Win10. I also have a Win10 only HTPC.

Lack of security updates doesn't worry me at all. The 3 Win7 installs are on gaming systems that seldom do anything else. The two Mint installs are for web browsing, torrenting, banking, etc, and the dual Win10 is for DX12 gaming which I haven't been that impressed with so I seldom boot to it.

Sure the Win10 UI is kind of hoaky with strange duplications of windows tools. I guess that's because of the combination of both apps and 32bit programs in the same system. But overall it's okay I guess. I'm sticking with Win7 more because I don't want the hassle of trying to run older games in Win10.

So this scare tactic by M$ doesn't worry me at all, nor should it. As long as a user isn't a security doofus lack of updates to Win7 won't be a problem. It's when Google Chrome (or any other browser) and the majority of free malware programs stop supporting it that I might have to reconsider my stance. But by that time I might of moved on to VR for all I know.
 

lazer

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I have ALL notices and ALL automatic updates turned off. I do NOT want win10, I like win7.

What else can I do to make certain NOT to get this fiendish plot to get me to upgrade. I do NOT want to upgrade!
 

magdziam

TS Rookie
I like win 10 more than any other except maybe win 98, I still have a sentiment to that behemoth even if, of course, won't use it now :)
 

learninmypc

TS Evangelist
I have ALL notices and ALL automatic updates turned off. I do NOT want win10, I like win7.

What else can I do to make certain NOT to get this fiendish plot to get me to upgrade. I do NOT want to upgrade!
Easy, turn wifi off & remove your ethernet/internet connector. Remain offline & problem solved :)
 

candle_86

TS Booster
Welcome to Techspot.

With that out of the way, as you might guess we've had threads upon threads of the Windows 7 versus Windows 10 topic, for years now.

What is more often true than not, it is always the "rookies" who pronounce their undying love and admiration for Windows 10 most vigorously and aggressively.

Sometimes I ponder the source and sincerity of these proclamations. But that's just the way I think. I'm an "each his own" kinda guy.
It's more those that are in the know, you leaving updates disabled makes you just look foolish, but hey if you want an unsuspecting bot net PC be my guest.

People that are in information security or at least basic knowledge know it's unwise.
 

captaincranky

TechSpot Addict
It's more those that are in the know, you leaving updates disabled makes you just look foolish, but hey if you want an unsuspecting bot net PC be my guest.
Actually, any computer I have with important data on it, is air gapped.

This machine is "expendable" in the archival sense. Nor am I stupid enough to open "phishing" emails, which are after all, responsible for "wannacry" ransom ware, much more so than not having Windows 10 fully updated on your machine

Which kind of makes you seem foolish, if you think whatever you have to say is worth archiving

For example, I don't give a crap if "Spectre" or "Meltdown", swallows your last post. No offense intended.

And BTW, all my billing statements are still delivered on good old fashioned paper. If I buy expensive goods, I'll only deal with businesses that provide a toll free number, and a human with which to speak. And even those I research before I make the call.

In other words, I could take any drive out of this machine and throw it away, without losing anything of real consequence, or anything which isn't replaceable.

Do you understand?
 
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Underdog

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Windows 7 has had all sorts of security vulnerabilities patched over the years. Once that support ends, hackers will have a field day. It isn't a scare tactic. And Windows 10 was officially free since it's release and still unofficially is. They never hid the fact that it was a free upgrade and even people on bogus copies of Windows 7 could upgrade for free.
And Windows 10 hasn't had regular massive and disruptive updates since it came out?? I don't do games or video editing or any really demanding stuff and all my "older" software works fine on W7 so there really is no need to replace my PC every 4 years like people do. There are W7 devotees out there who have switched off windows updates 3 years ago without being devoured by big hairy virus monsters. I intend to use my "prehistoric" W7 desktops well after January while learning the ways of Linux on a dual boot setup. R.I.P. Microsoft