Microsoft is downloading large Windows 10 installation files to Windows 7 and 8.1 computers even if users didn't indicate they're interested in upgrade, gobbling up internet bandwidth and hard drive space.
Microsoft has been pushing Windows 7 and 8 users to reserve a free upgrade of Windows 10.
But some people who haven't officially reserved an upgrade and indicated they want Windows 10 are still getting Windows 10 downloaded to their computer, Microsoft confirmed.
- Microsoft confirmed that "we may help customers prepare their devices for Windows 10 by downloading the files necessary for future installation" if they fall into one of two groups:
- "Those who have chosen to reserve their upgrade of Windows 10.
- Those that have Windows Update automatic updates enabled."
"This results in a smoother upgrade experience and ensures the customer's device has the latest software," Microsoft added.
Most users have automatic updates enabled because it's the default setting and the one recommended by Microsoft in order to make sure your computer is protected by the latest security patches.
The company said the installation file is approximately 3GB, although some users on technology websites have reported a downloaded Windows file in the 6 GB range.
source: cbc news