Microsoft has started the operation of downloading heavy Windows 10 installation files to Windows 7 and 8.1 computers irrespective of whether users indicated their interest or not in an upgrade, swallowing hard drive space and internet bandwidth.
Although a section of users who haven’t reserved an upgrade officially or even indicated interest in the Windows 10 haven’t been excluded from getting the Windows 10 downloaded to their computer either, Microsoft has revealed.
Microsoft confirmed this via an email to CBC News. In the official words of Microsoft “we owe may help customers prepare their devices for Windows 10 by downloading the files necessary for future installation” if they fall into one of two groups:
- Those who have chosen to reserve their upgrade of Windows 10.
- Those that have Windows Update automatic updates enabled.
“This results in a smoother upgrade experience and ensures the customer’s device has the latest software,” Microsoft added.
As we have seen, a lot of users owing to fact that it is the default settings, have enabled automatic updates. Moreover, this default setting is prescribed by Microsoft itself so as to ensure the computer of the user is safeguarded by the latest edition of security patches. The company had officially revealed that the installation takes an estimated 3GB, but rather on the contrary, some technology websites’ users have raised claims that the downloaded Windows file come in a size range of 6GB.
Removal with Disk Cleanup
Microsoft announced that Windows Update verifies if there is “sufficient” disk space available aw free before it goes on to download this as well as any other update. Users who have the preference of removing the files so as to create additional hard drive space could make use of the Windows Disk Cleanup Utility and then possibly upgrade consequently.
So as to avoid the download, users have the option of changing the settings of their Windows Update. For instance, they could choose to download updates only after getting notifications.
A good number of technology watchers have not given their approval to the large size, the absence of user content for this download not excluding the covert nature.
“If you didn’t reserve a copy and it just goes ahead and downloads it anyway, it’s going directly against your wishes,” Chris Merriman wrote in the Inquirer Tuesday.
“And let’s remember, it’s going into a hidden folder that you actually have to change settings to be able to see. That says a lot.”
The procedure to verify whether your computer has downloaded Windows 10 already involves you changing your settings in the Windows Explorer so that you could check concealed files locating something called $Windows.~BT which could be found by changing settings in Windows Explorer so as to aid you in viewing hidden folders as well as looking for the drive where Windows is installed in the root directory.
Overage Charges Possible
A significant fraction of critics are not really pleased for the reason that the download makes use of really precious hard drive space which could bring in the extra cost for the users if it brings in additional inconvenience as regards internet service — in Canada, overage charges could cost a wholesome as $3 per gigabyte over the limit. The download also could prompt lapse in internet speed while occurring.
When Apple in a similar occurrence, had kind of coerced all its devices into the download of its new U2 album, as well as Songs of Innocence some time ago- with no costs too; the general condemnation from the public forced the hand of Apple into releasing a special tool to erase the undesired files.
While Windows 10 will not automatically install, it has chopped down on the working trust the public shares with Microsoft, Woody Leonhard who is a senior contributing editor for the technology website Infoworld, suggested.
“I have no idea what the people at Microsoft thought they were accomplishing,” Moody Leonhard wrote, “but that Redmond reality distortion field has done some serious damage to the company’s credibility.”