Microsoft pushes Windows 10 upgrade to PCs without user consent – Computerworld

Microsoft today confirmed it has been pre-loading the Windows 10 installation bits onto devices whose owners have not “reserved” a copy or expressed interest in the new OS.

The move has upset some users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, who have complained that the unsolicited downloads have caused them to exceed their Internet providers’ data caps or seized storage space without their consent.

In a statement, Microsoft acknowledged the practice, which was first reported by The Inquirer on Thursday.

“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,” a company spokeswoman said in an email. “This results in a better upgrade experience and ensures the customer’s device has the latest software. This is an industry practice that reduces time for installation and ensures device readiness.”

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