Is Microsoft going to offer their new Operating System, Windows 10, for free? That's the scuttlebut going around the web right now. Microsoft is neither confirming nor denying these questions as of this writing however. There is proof that this upgrade very will likely take place for Windows 7 SP1, 8, 8.1 and RT8.1 users. The proof is a vague optional recommended update that Microsoft offered back in late March, that is KB3035583. https://support.micr...ignin1.0&s=myce
This update supposedly offers additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications when new updates are available to the user. What it actually does is add a GWX folder to the system32 directory. After installiation a user will view some new active processes. That being gwxconfigmanager.exe and gwx.exe (gwx - get windows x [Windows10, as in the Roman numeral] get it?). These processes phone home to Microsoft, usually at system bootup to see if the upgrade is ready for downloading. This will be an ad based pop-up campaign, reminding users to upgrade to Win 10. Of course you will get some clueless users who will think their computers are infected with something malicious when the pop-ups start occuring.
Supposedly this upgrade will be offered free of charge for one year, even the bootleg copies of Windows will be able to upgrade. When exactly this upgrade will be pushed to users is still unknown at this time but Microsoft really wants users to upgrade there Operating Systems to this new platform. Hence the new GWX system32 folder.
My question to Support is how will that affect Immunet? I doubt Immunet will be compatable with Windows 10 so the Immunet cloud may very well loose a good number of users unless some R&D makes Immunet compatable with Win 10. I can't see that happening at the moment as Immunet seems to be getting very little or no new development.
My personal note: I uninstalled the update as it was playing havoc with my computer! When gwxconfigmanager.exe and gwx.exe were launched it was causing "drastically excessive" Disk I/O and RAM usage (sometimes using 100% of avaliable RAM), causing my computer to almost "crawl to a complete standstill!" A compatibility problem with one of my security programs maybe? Perhaps. Some AV products have actually flagged this update as malicious, Immunet not being one of them. If I want the Windows 10 upgrade I can always reinstall the KB3035583 update as it will surely will be offered in the next round of updates unless I hide the update itself. One would have to be careful Microsoft doesn't make the update a priority which would be automatically installed then. I have since reconfigured Windows update to notify me of new updates but not to automatically install them. That way I can check.
Anyone else have any additional info, comments or questions regarding this pending upgrade to Win 10 feel free to add a thread to this posting.