It’s less an app, more an inoculation
WINDOWS 10 haters can rejoice at the news of a new tool that will stop you being bugged by upgrade messages.
Never 10, written by software stalwart Steve Gibson, allows users to toggle between allowing Windows 10 to be installed and blocking it altogether. Get it here
It’s not the first piece of software to do this. Products such as Yves Gattegno’s Win WiWi and Ultimate Outsider’s GWX Control Panel have already been mentioned on these hallowed pages, but Never 10 has a unique set of charms.
Most notably, it isn’t an installed app. You simply run it, let it do its magic and, if necessary, run it again if you change your mind. This is particularly comforting when you consider that many people’s primary concern about Windows 10 is the addition of unwanted software.
The Never 10 blurb explained: “Many users of Windows 7 and 8.1 are happy with their current version of Windows, and have no wish to upgrade to Windows 10.
“There are many reasons for this, but among them is the fact that Windows 10 has become controversial due to Microsoft’s evolution of the Windows operating system platform into a service which, among other things, aggressively monitors and reports on its users’ activities.
“This alone makes many users uncomfortable enough to choose to wait. In line with this, a few months into 2016, Windows 10 started displaying unsolicited advertisements on its users’ desktops.
“Others dislike the changes Microsoft made by merging the failed ’tiled’ smartphone user interface into the Windows UI. And finally some object to being force-fed whatever Microsoft wants and simply wish to choose for themselves.”
It’s worth noting that, ironically, you need the latest version of Windows Update to disable this behavior, but fortunately Never 10 can spot this and will offer to trigger the update for you before it stops GWX doing its nagware thing.
The idea behind Never 10 reflects the problems with Windows 10 suffered by the man in the street. It’s just not clear how to stop it, and reading Microsoft’s blogs is overwhelming. This seems to level the playing field a bit.