Microsoft will force users to update Windows 10

    Yesterday, Microsoft announced the release date of Windows 10 - July 29, 2015. Also yesterday, Windows 7 & 8 / 8.1 users were able to see the icon of the running GWX (Get Windows X) process in their update area. GWX files are located in the C: \ Windows \ System32 \ GWX directory and will only be present if KB3035583 is installed . This process suggested that users “reserve” their copy of Windows 10 for timely updates. In the future, GWX will be used to upgrade to Windows 10.

    Earlier we wrotethat for home users of Windows 10, Microsoft will deliver updates as soon as they are available, thus abandoning the less secure patch tuesday model, in which all released updates had to wait one day. Now it became known that for home users updates will be installed automatically after downloading and the user will not be able to prohibit or delay their installation.

    The above update KB3035583 ( Update enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1) is mandatory for upgrading to Windows 10. The GWX directory contains the config.xml configuration file, which describes in stages the process of obtaining a copy of the new version of Windows. The presence of updates can also be checked in the list of installed updates "Control Panel-> Programs and Features-> View installed updates", then Search KB3035583.

    Fig. Installed update in the list of updates.

    Fig. GWX Directory.

    Fig. A fragment of the configuration file, for a more detailed description, see here .

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