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Microsoft now downloading Windows 10 automatically on older machines

by Killian Bell | February 3, 2016February 3, 2016 4:04 am PDT

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Microsoft has begun pushing automatic Windows 10 downloads to “thousands” of machines that are currently running Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. Users can opt out if they don’t want to upgrade, but only by disabling automatic Windows updates.

The reason for the automatic download, according to The Verge, is that Microsoft has made Windows 10 a “recommended update.” That means the company can push it to all PCs that have automatic updates enabled, whether the user chooses to download it or not.

What’s more, Windows will even start the update process automatically if you’ve told your PC to install automatic updates. This could mean that some unsuspecting users inadvertently install Windows 10 simply by following steps they don’t understand.

“As we shared in late October on the Windows Blog, we are committed to making it easy for our Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers to upgrade to Windows 10,” reads Microsoft’s statement on this. “We updated the upgrade experience today to help our customers, who previously reserved their upgrade, schedule a time for their upgrade to take place.”

If you don’t want to download Windows 10, or you have a metered broadband connection and don’t want to waste your data allowance on it, then the only way to opt out of the download is to disable automatic Windows updates.

That free Windows 10 upgrade sounded so sweet at first, didn’t it?

The Verge

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...