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Microsoft will force Windows 10 automatic updates, and that’s okay


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Microsoft is going to force software updates on Windows 10 Home systems without giving users the option to decline.

This means that unlike previous editions of Windows, you’ll always have the latest version of Windows 10 downloaded and installed, assuming your machine is connected to the internet.

That’s according to a clause that appears in the end user license agreement of the final pre-release version of Windows 10 that was distributed earlier this week.

The software periodically checks for system and app updates, and downloads and installs them for you,” reads the clause.

It continues: “You may obtain updates only from Microsoft or authorised sources, and Microsoft may need to update your system to provide you with those updates.”

The notice concludes: “By accepting this agreement, you agree to receive these types of automatic updates without any additional notice.”

So with Windows 10, the OS will download, install, and reboot your machine when it’s not in use.

There will, however, be an option to download, install, and choose when to reboot.

By contrast, Windows 8.1 offered four options, namely automatic reboots, rebooting when you choose, downloading and installing when you choose, and never check for updates.

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There are good and bad points to Microsoft’s move. As a negative, for instance, forced downloads could be a problem for those with data-capped internet plans.

However, having updates download automatically will keep machines up-to-date, secure, and functioning properly.

What’s more, updates shouldn’t be buggy when they arrive because Microsoft will continue to test Windows 10 builds on the 5 million Windows Insider members.

As such, automatic updates seem, on the whole, to be a good idea.

Related: Windows 10 Free Upgrade: Will you have to pay for it?

Windows 10 will begin rolling out to Windows Insiders starting on July 29. If you want a device to run it on, check out our video review of the Microsoft Surface 3 below:

Mike Greenway

July 17, 2015, 2:24 pm

For many years my family's machines(10) have always automatically installed all available update. It's been a very positive experience for me the IT guy. Keep it coming.


July 17, 2015, 2:30 pm

Would be nice to know what this means for business users of windows 10 who would normally download and update through an existing windows update server or some other server that pushes out updates.

Edit: Never mind, i didn't see the "for Home systems" part.

Prem Desai

July 18, 2015, 10:18 am

For the vast majority of home users, this is actually a good thing. Many people I know haven't updated their system for ages mainly because they don't know how to or are scared.


July 19, 2015, 2:35 am

Good. Many security and virus threats could be eliminated if people would just update their damn PC. Too many people decline to do so and it causes nothing but problems every time.


November 14, 2015, 4:48 pm

After KB3097877 this week... I'll pass on the auto-updates.

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