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Windows 7: Microsoft silently preparing your PC for Win 10

21 Apr 2015   #161

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

KB3021917 = 3/10/15 released
These were all for 7 that I noticed
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21 Apr 2015   #162

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
Melita, were you thinking of the post by groze? The top three are for win7 the bottom three are for 8, 8.1
Thank you. I was responding to post #153 by Lady Fitzgerald. I have got it clear now about there being 4 of these:


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21 Apr 2015   #163
Lady Fitzgerald


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Actually the top 4 are for win-7,
The forth was released 3/10/15 the first I suppose sniffer :)
You are correct; I forgot about that one (apparently I hid it when it was first offered).
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21 Apr 2015   #164

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Originally Win 7 Hm Prem x64 Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601-SP1 | Upgraded to Windows 10 December 14, 2019

Thanks to all for responding!
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21 Apr 2015   #165

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Todays updates will be even more interesting I fear :/

LF I have issues remembering last week :)
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21 Apr 2015   #166

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Could some of you conspiracy theorists please educate me regarding this matter. It seems that I am constantly reading the different news than you and getting different information, not as factual as the news and information you get and on what you are basing your actions like stopping Windows Update completely and so on.

As we all well know, Microsoft will never upgrade your Windows 7 to Windows 10 without you specifically initiating the upgrade process. The thing puzzling me is what is "the devil" in an update which makes it possible for you later on to upgrade to Windows 10 if you so decide and want to, doing nothing if you don't want to upgrade or at most giving you a reminder when Windows is finally released that you could upgrade for free if you wish?

Please enlighten me!

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21 Apr 2015   #167

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Not really,
As a simple example of personal preference
You have hidden my posts,
I have hidden win-10 upgrade updates for win-7.
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21 Apr 2015   #168
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Kari, there is no conspiracy going on. Some people are just afraid that unforeseen things may happen when they are on automatic update. The description of the KBs in question does not help in that matter. I think MS should put out a clear and precise notice what these KBs are all about. That would calm the waters.

I personally think these KBs are benign. I classify them as PUPs and have not hidden them. I am curious what will happen the day they come into action.
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21 Apr 2015   #169

W10 32 bit, XUbuntu 18.xx 64 bit

Can you explain, why do they need to update the system now for the windows 10 upgrade, why don't they wait tell windows 10 is released and then put it the optional section? Remember one update was moved from optional to important.
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21 Apr 2015   #170

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The only purpose of this update is to get you notified about coming possibilities. It's of course totally OK to hide and block an unwanted update, however we will go to conspiracy theories when users start disabling Windows Update because of this.

A very good explanation, although at this point hypothetical can be found here:

An extract from that article: Microsoft hides a Windows 10 Easter Egg in Windows 7/8.1 systems - TechRepublic

If you investigate the Config.XML (Figure E), you'll see that the main content of the file consists of code blocks that are titled in phases. Beginning with None (presumably the dormant phase), you can see the phases play out the initial stages: AnticipationUX, Reservation, Reserved, RTM, and GA. I can imagine that during the AnticipationUX phase, there will be feature teasers very much like what you see during the Windows 8.x installation procedure. During the Reservation phase, you'll be prompted to reserve your copy of Windows 10. During the Reserved phase, you'll be informed that your copy has been reserved and that you'll be in the first group to get Windows 10. Next, you'll be informed when Windows 10 is Released To Manufacturing and when it is Generally Available.
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