Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system has had a massive adoption rate thanks to the free upgrade programme for Windows 7 and 8.1 users. However, there are still some who would rather not take the option but are finding that Windows 10 is downloaded to their system anyway.
The Inquirer was first notified of the strange behaviour of the Windows when he noticed that a folder storing the new operating system appeared on his computer. This was despite the person not reserving a copy of Windows 10 due to his lack of interest in upgrading.
He told the newspaper: “The symptoms are repeated failed ‘Upgrade to Windows 10’ in the WU update history and a huge 3.5GB to 6GB hidden folder labelled ‘$Windows.~BT’. I thought Microsoft [said] this ‘upgrade’ was optional. If so, why is it being pushed out to so many computers where it wasn’t reserved, and why does it try to install over and over again?”
Microsoft has responded to the issue by saying that Windows downloads the new operating system in preparation for the user to upgrade. This doesn’t actually take into account whether the user wants to upgrade, but is a blanket download for anyone who has automatic updates turned on. As expected, not everyone is happy with what is going on; especially those who have strict data caps.
Parallels are being drawn between this free OS upgrade and the U2 debacle with iTunes. Back then, the band decided that it would give out its newest album to all iTunes users; whether they wanted it or not. The only difference is that the album didn’t take up 6GB of space on a hard drive without telling anyone.
[Source: The Inquirer]