Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Hijacked by Win 10

3 Weeks Ago   #1
Faterikcartman

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Hijacked by Win 10

I found and joined this forum because last night before bed my PC said there was an update (creator's), asked if I wanted to delay or proceed, and this morning the update completes by giving me Windows 10.

Now I don't follow PC news as a hobby. I'm just a user. But I LOVE[ed] Win 7 Ultimate. And did not like the forced telemetry spying of Win 10 (though I'm sure such spying has been forced onto Win 7 as well). So I assume Win 10 is like Google and Facebook -- it's not free, I'm now the product. I have little interest in helping MSFT (oh how I once loved you) monetize me and want to retain Windows 7.

I'm sure can save my data, wipe my drive, and reinstall Windows 7, myself. But what happens next? Will this happen again? Has MSFT declared war on old versions (again) and are they determined to drive us all to Linux? Did I fall for the banana in the tailpipe and do the equivalent of hitting "NO" to say yes to Win 10 (AGAIN!)? Or something even more nefarious?

Hopefully you folks can bring me up to speed as to how to avoid Windows 10 the next time and what last night's update was all about. Bonus points for any news on whether MSFT has added telemetry spying to Win 7 and if there's any way to stop it. Super gold stars if I can undo this Win 10 update and revert to Win 7 without a clean reinstall. ADMISSION -- No, I have not backed up a ghost copy of my drive or install (not sure if that's the right way to say it, and if I knew the right way I might have done it!).

I'm 99.99999999% sure I can live without any Cortana, social media, or other nonsense gimmicks MSFT may offer with Win 10. And my aversion to it has as much to do with making a principled stand than any utility or compatibility with old software I may use so there is no need to try and sell me on how great my life will be if I just give in and switch to Win 10.

Thank you in advance for any insight you may provide.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
3 Weeks Ago   #2
redoak

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

First of all, you can probably revert to your Win7 installation. I think in the Backup and Restore section of settings is such an option - it's there somewhere. I think you have 30 days from the 'upgrade' to do it before the backup files are deleted.

After that, try SpyBot AntiBeacon - free software that purports to eliminate all that 'telemetry'. Like you, I do not appreciate being a product a la Facebook, etc.

And start thinking about alternatives - Win7 loses extended support in January 2020...


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Faterikcartman View Post
I found and joined this forum because last night before bed my PC said there was an update (creator's), asked if I wanted to delay or proceed, and this morning the update completes by giving me Windows 10.

Now I don't follow PC news as a hobby. I'm just a user. But I LOVE[ed] Win 7 Ultimate. And did not like the forced telemetry spying of Win 10 (though I'm sure such spying has been forced onto Win 7 as well). So I assume Win 10 is like Google and Facebook -- it's not free, I'm now the product. I have little interest in helping MSFT (oh how I once loved you) monetize me and want to retain Windows 7.

I'm sure can save my data, wipe my drive, and reinstall Windows 7, myself. But what happens next? Will this happen again? Has MSFT declared war on old versions (again) and are they determined to drive us all to Linux? Did I fall for the banana in the tailpipe and do the equivalent of hitting "NO" to say yes to Win 10 (AGAIN!)? Or something even more nefarious?

Hopefully you folks can bring me up to speed as to how to avoid Windows 10 the next time and what last night's update was all about. Bonus points for any news on whether MSFT has added telemetry spying to Win 7 and if there's any way to stop it. Super gold stars if I can undo this Win 10 update and revert to Win 7 without a clean reinstall. ADMISSION -- No, I have not backed up a ghost copy of my drive or install (not sure if that's the right way to say it, and if I knew the right way I might have done it!).

I'm 99.99999999% sure I can live without any Cortana, social media, or other nonsense gimmicks MSFT may offer with Win 10. And my aversion to it has as much to do with making a principled stand than any utility or compatibility with old software I may use so there is no need to try and sell me on how great my life will be if I just give in and switch to Win 10.

Thank you in advance for any insight you may provide.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
3 Weeks Ago   #3
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Can't really see how you got the Creator's update without already having Windows 10 already. AFAIK, The Creators update is only available to Windows 10 users.

And Microsoft stopped giving away the free Windows 10 upgrade over a year ago, so why your system would spontaneously upgrade to a no longer offered upgrade package is quite remarkable.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

3 Weeks Ago   #4
Faterikcartman

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
Can't really see how you got the Creator's update without already having Windows 10 already. AFAIK, The Creators update is only available to Windows 10 users.

And Microsoft stopped giving away the free Windows 10 upgrade over a year ago, so why your system would spontaneously upgrade to a no longer offered upgrade package is quite remarkable.
I'm lucky like that. But in case you're wondering I am 100% certain this is/was Win 7 clean install on a wiped drive. BUT -- during the free upgrade period, as I mentioned in my original post, I was tricked into the Win 10 install. The drive was wiped and a clean Win 7 install made afterwards. But perhaps MSFT logged some identifying info on my PC and Win 7 license and marked me as a qualifying victim for a future "upgrade" push. Which I experienced last night.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
2 Weeks Ago   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Microsoft no longer pushes the W10 update.

A clean install of Windows 7 will not be offered a W10 upgrade.

You would have to initiate the upgrade yourself.

But there are still updates that check or make your possible to upgrade to new windows versions, (something to that effect) but it will not cause an upgrade.

You should always be reading up on any update before you install it.

2664 is a infamous update for that, and a new update was offered on Tuesday with a diferent KB number.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
2 Weeks Ago   #6
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

As Redoak mentioned on post #2, you can revert from win 10 to Win 7 if you didn't delete the backup files.
How to Uninstall Windows 10 and Downgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Hijacked by Win 10




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Is my dns hijacked or whats going on?
Hi I am on a local network 172.16.0.0/24 and have several computers on it working excellent. Among others this one I am writing this post with. I am behind a vpn tunnel which starts at the router so my computers isn't aware of it really. The problem I have is with a fresh install of windows 7...
Network & Sharing
hijacked links
can anyone please help me!!!! Every time I click a link on a webpage I get hijacked to a different page (usually selling some rubbish) how on earth do I stop this from happening I do not have a virus or anything nasty on my computer and all my security is totally up to date. Please somebody help...
System Security
My IE 10 browser has been hijacked
Thank goodness I have the Chrome browser. My IE will not open pages. When I place my cursor in the address bar and enter any address (e.g.: google.com), the cursor jumps back to the beginning of the address and nothing happens. I have done a full scan with MSE: nothing found Ran ADW cleaner...
System Security
System hijacked??
My notebook has the 11.6" display, and here are the overall specs: Acer Aspire 1410 v0.3117 Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 (build 7601) Install Language: English (United States) System Locale: English (United States) Installed: 7/28/2012 12:54:09 PM Processor a Main Circuit Board b...
General Discussion
I've been hijacked. In dire need of help!
I bought my laptop from someone around the end of Feb. I noticed within a feel days that the computer was acting very weird like it already had a bad virus. I have a huge list of possible virus' & causes of getting infected that is so long I am going seriously crazy, because I'm doing my very best...
System Security


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 14:14.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App