Windows 10: Microsoft Hides Windows 10 Upgrade Banners in Browser Security Patch

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       10 Mar 2016 #1

    Microsoft Hides Windows 10 Upgrade Banners in Browser Security Patch

    Internet Explorer security patch includes an ad-generator for upgrading to Windows 10

    After diving into the documentation for yesterday’s security patch for Internet Explorer, InfoWorld’s Woody Leonhard found something entirely not security related was included in the patch. Security update KB 3139929 for Internet Explorer also installs another update called KB 3146449. It is the second update that Leonhard takes issue with, because it doesn’t appear to be security related.

    Instead this new update is an “ad generator” of sorts, which promotes upgrading to Windows 10 in Internet Explorer on Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 PCs. Microsoft’s documentation for KB 3146449 states “this update adds functionality to Internet Explorer 11 on some computers that lets users learn about Windows 10 or start an upgrade to Windows 10.”
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  2.    10 Mar 2016 #1

    I just read about that! Pretty sad!

    If true, it would signify that Microsoft has reached a new low in its deceptive campaign to force Windows 10 onto users.
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       10 Mar 2016 #2

    If that don't chase the last few IE holdouts to Chrome or Firefox, I don't know what will!!!
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       10 Mar 2016 #3

    I'm as disgusted as anyone that MS has been pushing Win10 so hard on people who clearly don't want it, but this is not a big deal (I had to go check it out). In IE 11 now, when you open a new tab, there is a box with a button saying 'update to Windows 10 now!' or some such inanity. I had my 'new tab' option set to a blank page, and never saw it until I switched it back to 'default', so if you don't want to see the button, change your 'new tab' option.

    This to me seems more like advertising a new version than 'cramming it down our throats' (getting real tired of that expression). But people like to get themselves all worked up for some reason.
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  5.    10 Mar 2016 #4

    Hi there

    1) I HATE tabbed browsing.

    2) I HATE my browsers looking more and more like a mobile phone App -- I WANT menus etc and I prefer to launch a new instance rather than a new tab.

    So I'm sticking with IE until I have to change -- IMO all the nonsense about browser speeds is irrelevant -- the main issues that effect Browser speed are your Internet speed, the efficiency of the target web site - badly written code or myriads of links will slow the browser down, and how busy your own computer is.

    I can't say there's much (if any) difference in speed with any of these browsers - at least not on a decent machine with fast Internet.

    So as far as browsers are concerned just take your choice.

    I can't say I've noticed a preponderance of ads when using IE -- even on my W7 VM's.

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  6.    10 Mar 2016 #5


    Update: Additionally, it is now confirmed that after the recent Patch Tuesday, the Get Windows 10 app is displaying a "Your system administrator has blocked upgrades on this PC" ad on corporate systems which have blocked the Windows 10 upgrade. Absolutely disgraceful.
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       10 Mar 2016 #6

    Edwin said: View Post
    Hi Edwin! :)
    Thanks for that! :)
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       10 Mar 2016 #7

    Microsoft Now Pushing Windows 10 Nag Ads on Domain PCs

    Users are told IT admins blocked the upgrade to Windows 10

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    Microsoft has a goal of bringing Windows 10 on 1 billion devices by 2017 and the company is obviously trying everything to make sure that it successfully completes this mission.

    Most recently, the company has started displaying Windows 10 upgrade ads on computers that are part of domains, telling users that IT admins are the ones that block the install of the new OS.

    “Your system administrator has blocked upgrades on this PC Check with your system administrator about upgrading this PC to Windows 10. Are you a system administrator? You can customize this app to get your organization upgraded to Windows 10. Find out how,” one such ad displayed on a domain-attached PC reads.

    In other words, yes, you can have Windows 10 running on your computer, but no, your administrator does not allow you to. So Microsoft’s more or less trying to make users ask their IT admins to install Windows 10, which in the end should be a win-win situation.
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  •    10 Mar 2016 #8

    Thanks CH for this :)
    Cluster Head said: View Post
    Internet Explorer security patch includes an ad-generator for upgrading to Windows 10

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       10 Mar 2016 #9

    Sumit Dhiman said: View Post
    Thanks CH for this :)
    You're always welcome.....! :)
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