Depending on the angle you look at, Microsoft's campaign for Windows 10 (GWX) to get Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices to upgrade to Windows 10 is either a colossal disaster, a great success, or something in between. 19659002] Microsoft launched Windows 10, the latest version of Windows ever, in 2015. Windows 10 was a new beginning for Microsoft; The company wanted customers to forget about Windows 8 and move towards a Windows as a service model.
Microsoft launched the Get Windows 10 campaign to push Windows 10 and the 1 billion Windows 10 PCs by 2018.
What looked like a good deal on paper – free upgrades for Windows 10 for devices that runs legitimate copies of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1
Microsoft almost used malware as tactics to make users upgrade, for example, by displaying upgrade requests without opt-out option, creeping messages or windows where the shutter button would no longer close the window.  Microsoft completed the free upgrade for Windows 10 deals a year after launch. It is still possible to upgrade Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 devices for Windows 10 for free if a genuine product key is used.
Microsoft has prepared an update for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices after the end of the offer intended to disable Get Windows 10 functionality. On the other hand, the company continued to push KB2952664 and KB2976978 compatibility updates, but without the "Get Windows 10" feature included.
Get Windows 10 Traces
Get Windows 10 not fully patched Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 devices anymore; Michael Horowitz recently published a report that claims otherwise.
An event log checks on a Windows 7 PC with November 2018 Patches showed attempts to upgrade to Windows 10.
Further analysis revealed the following:
- A task time -5d in the task planner points to C: t GWX in Microsoft> Windows> Setup> GWXTriggers.
- A task refreshgwxconfig-B in the Task Scheduler under the same folder.
- A task Logon-5d under the same folder.
Horowitz discovered three additional tasks in the same folder. However, these tasks were never performed, contrary to the three tasks mentioned above. The task was MachineUnlock-5d, OutOfIdle-5d and OutOfSleep-5d.
Horowitz was twice under two Microsoft, refreshgwxconfig and launchtray processes under Microsoft> Windows> Setup> gwx.
Horowitz could not disable these tasks. The folder C: Windows system32 GWX showed that most files were from 2015, including GWX.exe. Renaming GWX.exe didn't work either; what worked was renamed the GWX folder, but it is too early to tell if the rename is sufficient to block GWX tasks from running on the system.
What is puzzling about all this is that GWX should not run anymore on the system. Microsoft completed the Get Windows 10 campaign in 2016, and there is no need to keep scheduled tasks or files associated with it on the system.
Is Microsoft Ready for Another Get Windows 10 Campaign? Is it a mistake? Leave files on a system that was never completely removed?
It's unclear, but it's a good idea to check the tasks and folders on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 devices to make sure these tasks and files don't exist.
Now You : Have you checked? (via Born)