I use the word apparently, because I haven't seen any sign of it happening on the lone Windows 7 computer which I have at home. In January, I turned off automatic updates on this box and now update it manually, installing only the must-have security updates.
The last updates on this machine were done on Sunday, May 15. I have seen no sign of any forced upgrade to Windows 10 – yet.
Turning off automatic updates does put one at some risk but this is a risk I am prepared to take.
But after seeing similar behaviour on a Dell Inspiron laptop with a top-end i7 processor and 16 gig of memory, I am now convinced that Windows 10 is another brain-dead effort from Microsoft.
A friend bought this laptop three months back and is simply amazed at the treacle-like behaviour of the operating system. He has an older machine, a Lenovo Thinkpad, running Windows 7 with an i3 and 4 GB of memory and it runs at an acceptable speed.
What does one need to make Windows 10 perform at an acceptable speed? If there are some hidden tips and tricks, why doesn't Microsoft publicise them? It would eradicate doubts from the minds of some who are hesitant to make the upgrade.