Microsoft is putting the final touches into their soon-to-be-released operating system, with a new addition of automatic and mandatory updates for Windows 10, for Home version users. In a little over 10 days, users will be able to download the official version of the last Microsoft OS, but the latest update has quirked some brows.
According to testers and members of the Windows Insider program, a clause is found at the end of the User License Agreement that might be called into question. They have scrutinized the text and it’s fortunate that their dedication has been so strong, as they have discovered a newly-added condition.
The clause states that through accepting the terms of the agreement, all users agree to receive automatic updates without additional notice. Meaning that updates for Windows 10 will no longer be optional and the operating system will download and install them without need for the user’s consent.
It’s a drastic change from previous versions, as most carried with them options such as choosing what updates to install and when to install them, along with the restriction of never letting Windows check for updates. The only aspect that remains will be the choice on when to reboot your system, so the updates may become active.
It could pose as a great advantage and an unfortunate hindrance.
Since the user will not be informed when a new update is being downloaded, those with a smaller bandwidth might feel the effects at inopportune times when they urgently require faster internet speeds. While security patches might come in small sizes, an average Windows update can go far above 100 megabytes.
There is a way to avoid it, however. While the forced update can come at any time, it will wait and offer the user time to discover it for themselves in the Updates tab. Only after a while will it roll into your operating system by itself, likely when it has decided that stubbornly refusing it won’t stop it whatsoever.
There is a silver lining. While it may seem like an encumbrance now, the mandatory update might prove to be useful and efficient in the long run. It will require less attention from the user, as the operating system will maintain itself and limit the need for interference.
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