Like everyone else who has not upgraded to Windows 10, I have been getting those “free upgrade” messages on my computer several times a week. They didn’t bother me, I just close them (using the little x in the corner, not any buttons in the message). I currently use Windows 8, which works fine for me.
This morning, without asking permission, my computer told me it was upgrading to Windows 10. Within a few seconds, while it still said “0% progress” and “Do not turn off computer,” I turned off my computer.
When I turned it back on, it did not attempt to upgrade, and it presented me with a dialog box about upgrades in general. I found the setting was at “Install upgrades as soon as they are available,” which surprised me because I never choose that option. I changed it back to “Ask before installing upgrades.”
Question 1: did I damage anything by turning off the computer? It has seemed to work fine and normally since then.
Question 2: how might that setting have gotten changed? Is this something that Microsoft did, or tricked me into doing? Is it likely to happen again, such that I should routinely check the setting once a week or so?
Note: Everything in quotes is really just my paraphrase as best I can remember.
Second the recommendation by samclem for GWX Control Panel for those who do not want to install Windows 10. I installed it several months ago … works great; no WinX nags or auto-downloads, and you can easily change your mind if you want.