Microsoft Resorts to Spamming to Convince Me to Upgrade to Windows 10

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In a previous post I already commented on the weird fact that Microsoft abuses the Windows Update feature to push unwanted products like Skype on Windows users. However, Microsoft is now behaving just like an obnoxious spammer.

You Probably Hid That by Accident…

When I hide an update what I mean by that is that I don’t want that update to be installed on my computer. That’s exactly what I did with update KB3035583 — the one that urges me to update my current operating system to Windows 10.

However, the brainiacs at Microsoft know better and they keep restoring this hidden update the same way any malware would resurrect itself. And they keep serving it to me as a new update every month.

Multiple KB3035583 recommended updates

Multiple KB3035583 recommended updates

Today, I had to hide the obnoxious Get Windows 10 app (a.k.a. KB3035583) the third time in less than three months…

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This Is Recommended, You Know…

Obviously, Microsoft doesn’t let you know what update KB3035583 is about. You are simply served with it as another recommended update.

Even after I right-click on the update and select View details from the context menu am I non the wiser.

Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3035583)

Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3035583)

Only after clicking on the link within the pop-up window is it revealed that:

Get Windows 10 App

Get Windows 10 App

But why is it recommended to me that I update to Windows 10 today?

I already declined that recommendation by hiding the update. Twice.

What changed? Have my Windows 7 just become so unstable that I better upgrade to Windows 10 right now?

Seriously, guys, what good can come of this?

Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam

Will Microsoft start publishing ads as crucially important updates?

How about those cheap Viagra pills or penis enlargement methods — why not throw some of those links into the recommended updates section, too?

To me, this is nothing more than bottom-of-the-barrel spamming.

Since I am not good at remembering the very user-friendly name of the update — KB3035583, I end up installing it, then immediately uninstalling and hiding it again.

What a waste of my time!

So I Blocked GWX for Good

But third time is the charm.

As of today I blocked both GWXConfigManager.exe and GWXDetector.exe in my firewall. These are the two executable files that try to communicate to Microsoft that my system hasn’t been upgraded yet.

So even if there are going to be further incarnations of this crap, they won’t be getting in touch with the mothership at Microsoft.

Also, I will try my best to remember that I should never ever let KB3035583 install itself again.

Conclusion

Here’s the usage share of operating systems as of September 2015:

Operating Systems — Usage Share Statistics (09/2015)

Operating Systems — Usage Share Statistics (09/2015)

Just from this single chart, it is clear that I should upgrade to Windows 10.

An operating system that is used by almost 7% of all computer users, as opposed to my current Windows 7, which is used by just slightly more than 56% of all computer users… well, what am I thinking?

Clearly this completely new, half-baked, bug-ridden operating system that has the worst security settings of any Windows systems so far, should be an obvious choice.

Sure, had I got hit into the head with a bag of nails, then the choice would be obvious to me, too.

This spamming method of persuasion, however, has the exact opposite effect on my decision-making process — I am starting to dislike Windows 10 very much.

Windows 10 is starting to irritate me as much as once Windows Vista did. I guess Microsoft can’t admit that this is another dead-end, again…

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