With so many PC users running into malware due to outdated security patches, Microsoft has taken initiative to automatically upgrade Windows 7 or 8 users to it’s newest edition, Windows 10.
Starting 2016, Windows 10 will become a “recommended update” which means users with Windows 7 or 8 that has “automatic updates” activated – a default setting to keep a computer protected against security bugs – will have Windows 10 automatically downloaded without the user’s permission.
Other facts to consider include how the automatic process would continue. Once the system begins the download, users are notified with a popup to decline or manually block the update through the Windows update settings. Though options will be given, user are more likely to hit the “OK” button or accept the update if they are in the middle of doing task on their PCs, therefore unknowingly installing the Windows 10 update.
Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices group commented, “If you choose to upgrade (our recommendation), then you will have 31 days to roll back to your previous Windows version if you don’t love it.”
Though Windows 10 has been rated highly amongst past versions, in terms of compatibility and storage, some user may experience issues if users are short of memory space or have metered Internet connections.
The automatic Windows 10 download takes up between 3.5GB and 6GB on a user’s computer. Some metered connections provide as little as 40GB of data allowance a month. Some Windows 8 computers have as little as 32GB of storage space. If the user were to decline the installation after Windows 10 has already been downloaded, the update will not be deleted right away, which will occupy the computer’s storage space.