Microsoft Decides to Download Windows 10 For You, Without Even Asking

Rafia Shaikh

Microsoft has confirmed to downloading Windows 10 on "upgradable devices" without users having even opted for it, wasting both space and metered bandwidth for some.

The Inquirer reported earlier that a user found a hidden ~BT folder despite not having reserved a copy of Windows 10. The user in this case had no plans to upgrade, hence never reserved a copy too. Not only a copy of Windows 10 was downloaded to the user's PC, but it also tried to install every time the computer was booted. Reports show that hidden folders ranging from 3.5 to 6GB in disk space were downloaded which obviously put a huge strain on space and data, especially when it was downloaded on metered connections. For some, this huge amount of downloaded files caused their monthly bandwidth allowances to cap.

This download allegedly comes packed in the routine Patch Tuesday update. Some users have also reported seeing a series of failed tasks in Windows Update's history when the operating system tried to "Upgrade to Windows 10." Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 is being downloaded for users regardless of their having opted in for it or not, just in case they do.

For individuals who have chosen to receive automatic updates through Windows Update, we help upgradable devices get ready for Windows 10 by downloading the files they’ll need if they decide to upgrade. When the upgrade is ready, the customer will be prompted to install Windows 10 on the device.

This confirms that Microsoft is presumptuously downloading Windows 10 for all those users who receive automatic updates without their permission. While it doesn't confirm the installation part of the game, another tech site ET reports that their staffer who left for a two-week trip "with an HTPC box running Windows 8.1U" found it running Windows 10 when he returned. Similar to what Microsoft says, this user had also configured automatic update installations and as Microsoft flags Windows 10 as an important update, he thinks that must be the reason why the "box automatically installed the new operating system."

Since its launch on July 29, Windows 10 has been downloaded and installed at an unprecedented rate. Over 81 million machines are currently running on Windows 10 with Microsoft aiming to bring the operating system to a billion customers in the coming years. Of course, with this amount of market that a company has to roll out the OS to, blunders could occur now and then. As for Microsoft, though, these mistakes have been many and have happened quite often. For a company that is seeing its new operating system gaining much popularity and an unrivaled adoption rate, downloading and installing Windows 10 without user's permission appears to be very aggressive and needy while unnecessarily disconcerting users and hurting the company's image.

Have you found these automatic downloads happening for you? If so, don't forget to let us know.

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