Microsoft has admitted that Windows 10 is being downloaded on to computers that are eligible for free upgrade without the consent of the user. An investigation launched by The Enquirer revealed that users of Windows 7 and 8.1 who have chosen not to upgrade to Windows 10 have found the #BT folder that contains the new operating system appear on their computers.
An Inquirer reader told the website:
“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?”
“I know of two instances where people on metered connections went over their data cap for August because of this unwanted download. My own internet (slow DSL) was crawling for a week or so until I discovered this problem. In fact, that’s what led me to it. Not only does it download, it tries to install every time the computer is booted.”
When asked to comment on the matter, Microsoft responded:
“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.”
The move certainly feels like a middle finger to user choice and autonomy. On the plus side, however, at least it’s not a U2 album.
Thank you The Inquirer for providing us with this information.
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