Latest GWX.exe update appears designed to trick users into upgrading to Windows 10

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Windows 10 has some great features, but for about 50% of PC users Windows 7 appears to be perfectly fine, and the trouble and risk of upgrading to a new desktop OS does not seem worthwhile.

It seems however, by hook or by crook, and much against their will, Microsoft is determined to foist Windows 10 on them, and its evil tool is GWX.exe, which has been compared to malware by many, particularly in the way it is designed to trick users.

The latest update to the app changes its earlier default behaviour, where clicking on the X close button would cancel an automatically scheduled update to Windows 10.

Now if you have habitually clicked on the button to dismiss the app you are likely to wake up the next day with Windows 10 installed on your PC, and possibly your printer not working and your main productivity app incompatible, and a day wasted trying to find out how to roll back.

We have said earlier that Microsoft is doing a good job defending Windows, and we can certainly see a strong benifit from the majority of the PC-using population running the same Windows OS, but who-ever is approving these underhanded tactics are certainly not helping the cause.

Do our readers agree that Microsoft has gone much too far already? Let us know below.

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