Either that is a fault with Win 8 or you did NOT disable the 'update offer icon' process correctly at all, in spite of claiming to do so.
Uh, Win 8 is at fault, eh? A nephew on Win 7 had his settings adjusted to automatic installs as well.... which BTW has nothing to do with the '10 icon' It's a related but separate issue. And yes, I did follow the Windows 8.1 instructions to remove said icon AND hide the pertinent updates. As Wiz will tell you, the settings for updates were reset, thus allowing the icon to be reinstalled.. It is also a common complaint across the board... for Win 7 and 8 users. N
Also, not everyone has been as lucky as you and RND in not getting the icon back, some users have had it return several times after removing it and hiding the 'get 10' updates. However, since installing GWX Panel, which is designed to counter MS' aggressive tactics, I've seen neither the updates or the icon.
There is nothing wrong with Win 7 or 8, just MS' aggression and persistence to force, bait, cajole users into upgrading. While millions have grabbed the 'free' lunch with both hands, there is a considerable few who don't want what Win 10 has to offer... which frankly, ain't much... as far as users are concerned. The real benefits go to MS, and with the new 'walled garden' concept, MS stands to profit considerably as it manipulates its captive market to toe the company's line.
Like Doc said, Linux is looking better all the time.
it takes less than 5 minutes to roll back.
Not on my sister's laptop. Attempting the rollback [within the allotted time] returned an error message stating she did not have the right permissions, so not everyone is so lucky. For many [novice to average] users, it'd mean they're stuck with a POS OS they don't want, and that's not how it should be