Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 is being downloaded to computers whether or not users have opted in.
Despite not having ‘reserved’ a copy of Windows 10, it was found out that the ~BT folder, which has been the home of images of the new operating system since before rollout began, had appeared on a user’s system. One with no plans to upgrade and had not put in a reservation request.
According to a user complaint, “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 for comment, Microsoft said: “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.”
In other words, if one is on automatic update, then he is going to get a the Windows downloaded automatically.