Windows 10 is secretly being downloaded on your computer, whether you registered for the upgrade or not
Windows 10 was released over a month ago, and now runs on over 75 million devices.
But there are users who prefer not to upgrade.
I am not going to discuss why you should or shouldn’t be upgrading to Windows 10. Rather, it is the curious case of Windows 10 being secretly being downloaded on your computer, whether you registered for the upgrade or not. Yes, this is actually happening to users out there.
According to the Inquirer, some users report that the Windows 10 download folder, the same ~BT folder with Windows 10 upgrade files, which we reported about in late July was found in computers which did not register (opt in) for the upgrade. The folder in question varies by size, ranging from 3 to 6GB. Another user reports that he came to know of this because his net was slow. Worse still is the fact that the upgrade is automatically attempted after every reboot.
The part I find worrying is that Microsoft does not notify the user, that the upgrade is downloading. This could cause the update to waste precious data bandwidth, as well eat up on the storage space. The Inquirer reached out to Microsoft to clarify if the Windows 10 Update is downloaded on all PCs regardless of the registration status. And believe it or not, the Redmond Company actually confirmed that it was true. This is what the official statement says:
“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.”
Long story short, I find it completely unacceptable. Give users what they want, not what you want Microsoft.
Back in April this year, Microsoft rolled out a Windows Update called KB3035583. This was a silent downloader of Windows 10, and is the one responsible for installing and triggering the GWX (Get Windows 10) App.
Let me tell you that disabling Windows Update is never a good idea. So, if you choose to disable Automatic Updates, take care to check for new updates at least once a week to make sure your computer is secure.
Here is how to prevent Windows 10 from downloading:
For now, I would advise users to go to Windows Update > View your update history > Uninstall Updates and remove KB3035583, and then hide it from updates. This way you won’t install the update accidentally, and thus prevent the whole Windows 10 download process.