They’re annoying and most likely indicate a virus or malware infection on your PC. When one appears on your screen, your smart next step is to stop what you’re doing and call your trusted computer professional.
But one day soon, if you haven’t already, you’ll receive a pop-up message from Microsoft encouraging you to “Get Windows 10.” It first appears as a new icon in the bottom right corner of your screen by the date and time.
Microsoft officially announced Windows 10 will be available for installation on July 29. Thanks to an update they pushed out in March to Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 computers, Microsoft gives you the opportunity to reserve your free Windows 10 upgrade through this time-activated pop-up.
The window contains a series of six slides. The first describes the upgrade reservation process. The next four try to sell you why you should upgrade to Windows 10. The final screen asks you to provide your email address so Microsoft can let you know when Windows 10 is ready to be installed on your computer in late July.
WHY NOT UPGRADE? IT’S FREE!
Sure, Windows 10 will be provided at no cost to all legitimate Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users for one year from the day it’s released.
Free is good, right? Not always.
You wouldn’t eat a half-cooked piece of filet mignon even if someone you knew really well proffered it to you, would you? Of course not. You want the steak to be thoroughly cooked to your liking.
The same with Windows 10. It’s half-baked right now.
Windows 10 does fix many problems plaguing Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, including bringing back a fully functional, albeit cluttered, start menu. It eliminates the ugly tile interface and utilizes the familiar Windows desktop. Apps perform similarly to programs now that they open in windows with the usual title bar and window controls. Apps used to open full-screen with no intuitive way to exit them.
But with the many fixes, it still contains a plethora of problems that will frustrate early adopters of the operating system. Additionally, it’s yet unknown how your existing software programs and hardware will work with Windows 10. You may experience errors or be required to update some programs so they will function properly.
Microsoft still has almost two months before it’s official release to either make Windows 10 a world-class software or to royally mess it up. Which is why I recommend you, my reader, wait until my staff and I have thoroughly tested the software and let you know when it’s safe to update your computer.
A HACKER’S PARADISE
When I heard the news of Microsoft’s Windows 10 pop-ups, I cringed. The “Get Windows 10” pop-up is so generic, it can easily be spoofed by hackers and those looking to steal your personal information.
Microsoft asks for your email address to send you a notification when Windows 10 is ready to be installed.
A technology-astute criminal can create a pop-up that looks like it’s from Microsoft, ask for your email address, and then use that to send you emails that can infect your computer.
Not a smart move by Microsoft. And a big reason for you to be alert.