Microsoft Is Tricking You Into Downloading Windows 10
Jun 02 2016
Software update upgraded to ‘recommended’ status, meaning those with automatic updates set will see it downloaded in the background and a request to install Windows 10 over Windows 7 and 8.
Microsoft has followed through with its plans to push adoption of Windows 10 by downloading it in the background to user machines running Windows 7 and 8 set to accept automatic updates.
The company changed the designation of the Windows 10 download from “optional” to “recommended” within Windows Update, which means anyone with Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 that has automatic updates activated – the default and the best way to keep a computer protected against security bugs – with recommended updates automatically selected will have Windows 10 downloaded without asking.
Once downloaded it can also automatically start the install process, presenting users with the option to proceed to stop the installation. But the propensity of users to simply hit “OK” or accept when faced with a prompt in the middle of doing something else, will likely see users just blindly hit OK and unknowingly installing Windows 10, preventing access to the computer while the instalment completes.
Users will then have 31 days to roll back their version of Windows. Users will also be able to manually block the update from downloading, but will have to actively do so within Windows Update, and soon.
Most Windows updates are relatively small, but the complete download of Windows 10 will take up between 3.5GB and 6GB of storage space on user hard drives and could be particularly troublesome for users with limited internet download allowance or metered connections.
Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices group, said: “If you are on a metered connection on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, then you have the option of turning off automatic updates. We strongly discourage this in today’s connected world because of the constant risk of internet threats.”