What? Again? No, seriously? Okay let me close my mouth and get back to writing. A new patch released for older Windows systems adds “Upgrade to Windows 10” sort of banner to Internet Explorer 11. The patch KB3146449 was released alongside another security patch KB3139929 that resolves several vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer.
Microsoft has labelled KB3146449 as “Updated Internet Explorer 11 capabilities to upgrade Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.” The description of this patch says that “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.”
KB3146449: Microsoft Recommends Windows 10
If reports are to be believed, the ‘functionality’ of this patch is to display a Windows 10 recommendation banner in Internet Explorer. When a new tab is opened, it displays a blue banner telling “Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 10.” In fact, this may be of lesser annoyance, because there’s more to it.
According to reports, there’s no way to remove this update from your system. If you wish to remove this annoyance, you have only one way to do so: remove security patch KB3139929. The reason for this is simple. KB3146449 is bundled with KB3139929 update meaning it can not be separately removed.
The description of KB3139929 says that “This security update includes several nonsecurity-related fixes for Internet Explorer,” and the “Upgrade to Windows 10” banner is one such ‘nonsecurity-related fix.’
KB3146449: Microsoft’s Desperation Reaches New Heights
Users are already annoyed with Microsoft’s desperation to push Windows 10 to them. Previously Microsoft started downloading Windows 10 files to devices even if users said ‘no’ to it. Microsoft also started displaying irritating “Upgrade now or upgrade tonight” notifications to users.
Did you receive KB3146449 on your device? Does it show such Windows 10 recommendation as reported? Do share with us.