There have been reports that Windows 10 was being downloaded automatically onto Windows 7 and 8 devices without permission from users, but the situation has escalated to the operating system actually installing itself onto computers. So why is this happening?
Windows 10 is free for Windows 7 and 8 PCs that meet the minimum requirements, but it is an optional upgrade. However, a number of users have complained that the Windows 10 upgrade was installing itself onto their computers.
As first reported by Ars Technica, if your PC is experiencing this issue, it’s because the Upgrade to Windows 10 optional update in Windows Update had been checked by default. Windows Update regularly downloads updates pushed from Microsoft and prompts users to initiate the installation process. But unless you take a look at the Optional Updates tab before approving the install, you wouldn’t know that Windows 10 was part of the package.
If you are running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and have no plans to switch to Windows 10, then Microsoft could force you to install Windows 10, making it harder for you to cancel or opt-out of upgrading.
- Start the upgrade process, or
- Reschedule the upgrade for a later date
The issue actually resided in the Windows Update process. Microsoft has listed Windows 10 as an “Optional” update, and normally these updates are unticked, meaning a user has to manually check them to install the OS – it shouldn’t be installed automatically.
Mistake? Oh Really?
“As part of our effort to bring Windows 10 to existing genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers, the Windows 10 upgrade may appear as an optional update in the Windows Update (WU) control panel. This is an intuitive and trusted place people go to find Recommended and Optional updates to Windows. In the recent Windows update, this option was checked as default; this was a mistake, and we are removing the check.”
Just last month, Microsoft was caught downloading the Windows 10 installer files – large gigabytes in size – to Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, even without their knowledge.