KB3173040: Windows 7 and 8.1 users are being reminded of Windows 10’s free upgrade offer

While the free upgrade to Windows 10 will finally end on July 29, we reported earlier this week that Microsoft had recently changed the confusing Windows 10 upgrade prompt following criticism to finally allow eligible users on Windows 7/8.1 PCs to dismiss the update once and for all. However, it seems this was not enough for the company as Redmond has just released the update KB3173040 for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1 PCs that will display the following full-screen notification in certain circumstances (via Softpedia):

This full-screen notification might appear on your computer.

This full-screen notification might appear on your computer.

This notification is quite similar to the updated “Get Windows 10 program” that Microsoft also started to roll out this week. However, while the KB3173040 prompt will allows users to dismiss the upgrade offer, the updated GWX program still provides an additional option for those who want to schedule the Windows 10 update for a later time. Furthermore, Microsoft also added in the release notes that this notification will appear when you unlock Windows through the end of the upgrade offer, and reoccurs three days later if you select the “Remind me later option”.

However, you won’t see the prompt in the following cases:

  • You have a recent version of the “Get Windows 10” app installed.
  • You have selected the “Do not notify me again” option.
  • Your computer is detected to be incompatible with Windows 10.
  • You have previously uninstalled Windows 10 after you upgrade.
  • Your Windows 10 installation failed and rolled back.
  • You have hidden the “Get Windows 10” app notifications.
  • You have disabled the Windows 10 upgrade or you have disabled the offer screen through registry key settings.

All in all, it seems that users on Windows 7/8.1 shouldn’t be too much annoyed by this new notification. If you are one of those users that has yet to upgrade, could you change your mind before the free upgrade ends on July 29? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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