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Forced Upgrade to Windows 8.1?

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    Forced Upgrade to Windows 8.1?


    Hello. This is my first time posting here, so please forgive me if this isn't the right place.

    I have an HP Pavillion TouchSmart All-In-One PC with Windows 8.

    Like everyone else in the world, I keep getting notifications that Windows 8.1 is free! in! the! store!

    But I don't want to upgrade to 8.1, so I just dismiss the messages and carry on with life.

    A moment ago, I was at the computer working and a bar popped up across the screen, but this time it said that Windows 8.1 was ready to install and the computer was going to restart in 2 hours to complete the installation. It stated that the computer would restart 3 or 4 times and I wouldn't be able to use it for 30 -45 minutes.

    I wasn't planning to upgrade, so I haven't run any of the recommended compatibility tools or anything to prepare for it.

    I went into the store and there it was, stating that it was downloaded and ready to install. It gave me the option to cancel the install, which I did.

    My question is: Why did this happen without any authorization from me? And how do I stop it from happening again?

    I'm quite concerned that, had this happened in the middle of the night when I wasn't here to prevent it, I could've woken up to 8.1 and potentially incompatible software and drivers and such.

    Thanks,

    Kathy

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    N. Calif
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    My first question would be, why wouldn't you upgrade?
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    The last computer I had was Windows XP...and I had it for 8 years. So I guess you could say I'm a bit resistant to change. I just got this computer earlier this year and have it set up just the way I want it and just didn't want the hassle of having to reconfigure anything.
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    N. Calif
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    Microsoft has said that if you don't upgrade to 8.1 then you won't be able to get updates at some future point (not sure if that point has been passed or not).

    8.1 has some nice features such as the ability to boot direct to the desktop as well as a more direct way of accessing shutdown & restart.. I think most that have upgraded consider the upgrade worthwhile although I'm sure there are those that will say otherwise.

    When you install the 8.1 upgrade, you'll also get the 8.1 update 1 which added some more features such as a title bar for Metro apps and the ability to add Metro apps to the desktop taskbar.
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    Did you have any problems with programs or drivers not being compatible? I suppose that's my main concern. Thanks!
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    N. Calif
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    I upgraded a half dozen machines and didn't encounter any issues.
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    We had some issues in our Australia office with drivers, but it was with xps13 machines specifically. In our US office, the upgrade was smooth. At home, my wife's Samsung was smooth, Asus had a utility to find, download and install all driver updates. It worked just fine.
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    To answer your question:

    Start regedit
    Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\UpgradeNotification
    Change the value of UpgradeAvailable from 1 to 0
    Reboot
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    As others have stated, you should plan to upgrade as updates aren't going to be make available just for 8.0 in the future. You will need to be up to date to keep up to date with your updates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KathytheArtist View Post


    I wasn't planning to upgrade, so I haven't run any of the recommended compatibility tools or anything to prepare for it.

    I went into the store and there it was, stating that it was downloaded and ready to install. It gave me the option to cancel the install, which I did.

    My question is: Why did this happen without any authorization from me? And how do I stop it from happening again?
    it is due to a "new" windows update KB2973544 Inside of Windows update it claims to "resolve a issue in windows..." but when you read the KB Article and it says "If you have Automatic Updates enabled on a computer that is running Windows RT or Windows 8 and that has update 2871389 installed, this update can automatically start the update process to Windows RT 8.1 or Windows 8.1"

    Iif you uninstall this "new" update then hide this update in windows updates it will not auto upgrade.
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