Windows 10 gets downloaded to your PC even if you didn't opt in

Posted on Wednesday, Sep 16 2015 @ 10:43 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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News is spreading that Microsoft has decided it will automatically download Windows 10 to your PC, even if you never put in a reservation request for the update. If you have little storage capacity left or if you have a metered Internet connection this download may cause a nasty surprise as it takes up 3.5GB to 6GB of storage capacity.

It appear the update to Windows 10 is being downloaded to everyone who has chosen to receive automatic updates through the regular Windows Update service.
An INQUIRER reader pointed out to us that, despite not having 'reserved' a copy of Windows 10, he had found that the ~BT folder, which has been the home of images of the new operating system since before rollout began, had appeared on his system. He had no plans to upgrade and had not put in a reservation request.

He told us: "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?
Via: The Inquirer

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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