Early this morning Microsoft changed the rating of two Windows 10 nagware patches, KB 2952664 and KB 2976978, from Optional to Important. I wrote about both patches two days ago, when they were both still listed as Optional.
By moving from Optional to Important, Microsoft is sending the patches down the Automatic Update chute. Anyone who has Automatic Update turned on will get the new Windows 10 advertising.
Expect to hear more questions about the Windows 10 upgrade offer.
If I counted correctly, this is the 17th version of the Windows 7 patch KB 2952664 and the 12th version of the Windows 8.1 patch KB 2976978. In the past, KB 2952664 has caused lots of problems, while KB 2976978 has been benign.
The KB article for the Windows 8.1 patch still says it "performs diagnostics on the Windows systems that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program [CEIP] in order to determine whether compatibility issues may be encountered when the latest Windows operating system is installed." I'm still mystified by that description, because I don't understand why people running the Get Windows 10 program are, in fact, opting into the CEIP.
I don't see anything different about the patches. Presumably they have more under-the-covers changes to ease the world into Windows 10.