If you’re one of those who try to delay updates on your Windows machine, be warned, Microsoft will be compulsorily upgrading all Windows 7 users to Service Pack 1 starting today.

Even while the Service Pack 1 is about two years old, we all know of users who will end up ignoring messages from Microsoft to install updates. A lot of users usually change their PC settings to make sure Windows does not upgrade automatically. Microsoft has decided to put its foot down about non-upgraded Windows 7 machines and is making this update mandatory.

You're going to get Service Pack 1, whether you like it or not

You're going to get Service Pack 1, whether you like it or not

When we say mandatory, it means Microsoft will not pace around waiting for permission to install Service Pack 1 onto your PCs. “Updating customers to Windows 7 SP1 is part of our ongoing effort to ensure continued support and improved security updates for customers who have not yet installed SP1.” the company said in a post.

Microsoft will be taking the Windows Update route to push the pack. This update will be rolled out to users of RTM version of Windows 7. If you do not upgrade your stock Windows 7 to Windows 7 Service Pack1, Microsoft will halt support to your machines starting April 9. The company has said that the update will be rolling out starting March 19, but the process might take a few weeks.

Microsoft has advised its customers to make sure the machine has sufficient free disk space and that AC power is present if you’re using a laptop. In case additional space is needed, the company recommends using the Disk Cleanup tool to delete some files so that the service pack can install itself comfortably on your PC. In case the installation of the service pack is interrupted, it will automatically reattempt to install itself again after the next restart. There’s no running away from this update!

Despite the release of Windows 8, Microsoft clearly is not letting go of improvements and updates for its Windows 7 customers. Late last month, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 10 to approximately 700 million users of Windows 7. The browser has been available since late October for users of Windows 8, Microsoft's new touch-friendly operating system, but now becomes available for the earlier version of Windows.

Various versions of Microsoft's venerable Internet Explorer franchise still dominate desktop browsing, with 55 percent of the PC browser market all together. But it has lost share to Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome in recent years, which now account for 20 percent and 17 percent respectively, according to tech research firm NetMarketShare.

IE 10 running on Windows 8 has got generally good reviews and has been hailed as the best version of Internet Explorer yet, but it has not been considered decisively superior to Chrome or Firefox.

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