Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 is being downloaded to computers whether or not users have opted in.
An INQUIRER reader pointed out to us that, despite not having ‘reserved’ a copy of Windows 10, he had found that the ~BT folder, which has been the home of images of the new operating system since before rollout began, had appeared on his system. He had no plans to upgrade and had not put in a reservation request.
I’m sure this is somehow my fault.
I figured everyone already knew this… it sucks even more if you pay for bandwidth by the gig (yes that’s still a thing for some people here in America).
It prompts with one of those software update dialogs only after the download completes. People who are accustomed to blindly clicking “yes” to software updates are going to be in for quite the surprise.
Edited 2015-09-15 22:05 UTC
When doing clean installs a couple of weeks back, I figured out that the only way to currently keep this from happening on a clean install of Windows 7, is to only allow critical updates to automatically install, or turn off Automatic Updates completely. On a new customer PC for a local business I left it as is (I use a custom image, now updated) and within a couple of hours the two hidden W10 install folders ($Windows.~BT and $Windows.~WS) were on the computer. That’s just plain wrong! No reservation was made. MS screwed the pooch with this incredibly wrong headed move to “nudge” people to Windows 10. I suspect that there will now be many more people aware that MS controls their computers far more than they realized.
MS stop it! Let the Windows 10 download be voluntary. Don’t “help” us, please.