It has been reported over the weekend that users of Windows 7 and 8.1 are noticing that Microsoft is automatically downloading up to 6GB of data to their PC systems for Windows 10, without users authority.
The move by Microsoft is to provide a ‘just in case’ scenario for older Windows users to easily upgrading to Windows 10 in the future. Although Microsoft is definitely taking liberties automatically downloading such a large amount of data automatically, as many older Windows 7 and 8.1 users may never want to upgrade to Windows 10.
Some Windows users may not have the available bandwidth from their Internet providers to accept such a large download or even have the space available on their PC systems. The downloads by Microsoft have been noticed by a number of Windows users who have not ‘reserved’ a copy of Windows 10. One such user has contacted the INQUIRER explaining more :
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.
Microsoft explained their intentions behind the Windows 10 automatic downloads that are causing users of older versions of Windows issues :
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.