Earlier this month, Microsoft announced the 110M devices are already running on Windows 10, just over two months since it was released at the end of July. The company revealed that based on gathered data, customers prefer Windows 10 over the previous Windows OS versions - 7 and 8.1.
As part of its campaign to convince those who are still using earlier versions of Windows to upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft announced that it will change the outlined Windows 10 update process, which was released last June 2015, prior to the public of Windows 10.
Notifications and Reservations
"We are evolving our notifications to be more approachable and hopefully clear, and sometimes fun - and will continue to test new things in different cultures around the world," said Microsoft in a blog post, dated Oct. 29, 2015.
Simply put, Microsoft will include images of cute and adorable things, cats for instance, to sway consumers into clicking the upgrade button. The image shown explains everything.
If the persistent notifications become a bother, Redmond reminds everyone that they can opt out and disable notifications for specific updates by tweaking the settings.
Furthermore, now that Windows 10 is beyond its pre-order phase, previous two-step upgrade process, which required customers to reserve their copies of the OS and await a notification from Microsoft that the update can begin, is deemed irrelevant. Thus, once the reservation is made, the upgrade will immediately commence.
Note that on both instances, upgrading through the cat-accompanied notification or by reservation, users will be "clearly prompted" to confirm and continue with the upgrade process. The 31-day revert policy will apply thereafter.
Windows Update and Windows 10 Standalone Installer
Microsoft will soon categorize the upgrade to Windows 10 as an "Optional" update for users of Windows 7 and 8.1. However, the company is also looking into the recategorization of the Windows 10 upgrade as a "Recommended" update. Note that a lot of people have set "Recommended" updates to automatically download and install, which can be a problem for metered connections and those that do not want to upgrade to Windows 10. Nonetheless, prior to the installation, Windows 10 will still ask the user whether he/she wants to continue. The easiest solution is just to turn off the automatic updates.
Sticking with the issue of metered connections, the company also announced that it will update the Media Creation Tool that will be used to create standalone installers that can be fitted on DVDs and flash drives. This will allow device owners to upgrade licensed but unconnected devices running on Windows OS.
Windows 10 Upgrades for Non-Genuine
Microsoft also highlighted that it will be starting an experiment, which will at first be native to the United States and gradually cover the globe. The company will offer users of non-genuine Windows 10 copies a "one-click" opportunity to activate it through the Windows Store or by entering a product key for copies that were purchased elsewhere.