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Windows 10 user agreement clause confirms that Home users will not be able to defer Windows Updates

Windows 10 user agreement clause confirms that Home users will not be able to defer Windows Updates

by AshwinJuly 17, 2015

Windows 10 Home users, you are in for some bad news.


A clause in the End User License Agreement (EULA) of Windows 10, confirms that Home users will not be able to defer Windows Updates.

Technically, this is something that I reported in my previous write up about Windows as a service. But the confirmation of it was only made available recently.  While Enterprise edition users can defer updates thanks to the Long Term Service Branch (LTSB), other users cannot postpone updates.

Here are the statements from the clause, which highlights the Automatic Windows Updates.

  • The Software periodically checks for system and app updates, and downloads and installs them for you.
  •  You may obtain updates only from Microsoft or authorised sources, and Microsoft may need to update your system to provide you with those updates.
  • By accepting this agreement, you agree to receive these types of automatic updates without any additional notice.

Why Automatic Updates may be a bad idea:

While some users will not be worried over this, tech savvy users may not like this at all. As I mentioned in the previous article, there is one huge problem: Buggy updates.

Because users will not be able to delay updates, they will all be installed automatically, as soon as the system detects a new update. There is no guarantee that all updates will be devoid of bugs, so this could cause potential system errors, and malfunctioning devices.

Microsoft may test Updates by releasing them to Windows Insiders to ensure stability, before rolling out to general user, but that is just my speculation.

There is also another issue related to forced updates. Not every user has an unlimited data connection, so large updates which are Gigabytes in size could consume excessive bandwidth.

Automatic Windows Updates are good, here’s why:

Just because we cannot defer updates, doesn’t mean it is a bad thing. You have to think why Microsoft is doing this, and you will agree that it is a good idea.

By ensuring automatic updates, Windows 10 Home Users will be getting all the security patches and also feature updates, which introduces new apps and options. Home users are likely to be victims of malware attacks and phishing scams, and so Microsoft needs to offer them the maximum security it can, and this is only possible if automatic updates are enabled.

The clause in the EULA was first spotted by The Register. How many times have you read the entire agreement before clicking on “I accept”. Zero? Well,  you are not alone. Most of us don’t not go through even a single sentence of the agreement, because it is too long.