At the end of July, Microsoft will begin rolling out Windows 10 to insiders and reserved systems. Certain business users may able to upgrade their systems without the knowledge of IT Management.
Microsoft has been alerting certain users on Windows 7 and 8.1 to reserve their upgrade via a system tray notification. The upgrade is free for the next year. This in place upgrade will affect Non-Domain joined Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 installations below Enterprise level. This upgrade was made possible by a recent Windows Update pushed out to the affected machines. The update (KB3035583) installed the tray notification allowing reservation, download, and eventual installation.
Below is what non-domain users will see by default:
System Administrators and IT staff have less than a month to protect this segment of users from the potential confusion of an accidental upgrade. The good news is there are several fixes available to prevent machines from displaying these options to users. The Windows Update will need to be uninstalled and disabled from reinstalling. Additional registry fixes are available for mass disabling. We are fortunate Equilibrium Systems Monitoring is capable of rolling this fix out efficiently to our clients.
Author: Luke Hampton