Windows 10 is Being Auto-Downloaded to Windows 7 and 8.1 Users.
Microsoft now pushing upgrade files via Windows Update.
The files needed to install Windows 10 are being automatically downloaded to Windows 7 and 8.1 users by Windows Update—even if users have no intention of upgrading.
According to The Register, the upgrade files are being downloaded even by users who have not opted to digitally “reserve” a copy of Windows 10 in Microsoft’s app.
It sounds like it could be a useful move to make updates easier for people who haven’t made the jump yet, but it could also be problematic. Unlike regular Windows Update files, the Windows 10 update is obviously rather large—somewhere in the region of 3GB, which not everyone will have free. Worse still, if a user is on a metered connection and can only download a limited amount of data, then the update could secretly screw up their bandwidth allowance.
Microsoft confirmed the news to The Register, saying that “For those who have chosen to receive automatic updates through Windows Update, we help customers prepare their devices for Windows 10 by downloading the files necessary for future installation.”
How to Block Windows 10 Upgrade Downloads If You’re Not Ready For Them.
It’s pretty great that you can get Windows 10 for free if you want it. If you don’t—or if you simply want to download it on your own terms—however, bad news: Microsoft is downloading it anyway. Here’s how to block it.
For the Windows 10 update, Microsoft has chosen to automatically start the download process, regardless of whether you’ve confirmed you want the update. This makes some sense for those who use automatic updates normally, except Windows 10 can be huge. As in multiple gigabytes huge. If you have a capped data connection, or simply don’t want to bother downloading it right now, Ghacks has laid out some steps for blocking the updates:
- Search for “Programs and features” in the Start Menu.
- Select “view installed updates” on the left side of the window.
- Windows 7: locate the following updates: 3035583, 2952664, 3021917
- Windows 8: locate the following updates: 3035583, 2976978
- Right-click each update select uninstall.
- Select Restart Later when the prompt appears.
- Restart when you’ve finished these steps for each update.
Once you’ve finished this process, you’ll need to block the updates from being installed again. To do that, follow these steps:
- Search for Windows Update in the Start Menu.
- Choose “check for updates.” Windows should find the same updates from above.
- Click on “important update is available.”
- Right-click each of the updates above and select “Hide update.”
This should prevent your computer from downloading those updates again in the future. Keep in mind that if you want to upgrade to Windows 10 later, you’ll need to unblock these updates. However, this should help prevent Microsoft from downloading several gigabytes of data to your machine when you’re not ready for it.