If you were considering upgrading to Windows 10 in the future, Microsoft has taken a step to make the process even easier. The upgrade is now included as “recommended” update in the Windows Update of all computers running Windows 7 and 8.1. Previously it was classified as “optional,” meaning you could bow out of the download if you wanted. This change means that if you have the “give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates” setting turned on, the Windows 10 upgrade will be stored on your computer until you choose to install it.
Microsoft originally announced this change back in October 2015, but didn’t specify exactly when it would occur. However, for users who have no intentions of ever upgrading away from their current version of Windows, this new policy is frustrating. The download takes up several gigabytes of space, which can be an issue for those with data download restrictions or small hard drives.
The good news is that while the new operating system installer is lurking on your computer, it won’t actually be installed unless you choose to do so. And even if you do take the plunge and realize what a huge mistake it is, you have 31 days to roll back to your old operating system with no hassle.
Microsoft has been pushy about getting people to upgrade to Windows 10 from the start. First, they advised users to reserve their free copy of Windows 10 before it was released. Next, they moved to include it as an “optional” update through the Windows Update platform.
While Microsoft’s push to get users onto Windows 10 might be irksome, it is working in its favor. Currently, Windows 10 accounts for 11.9 percent of desktop operating systems in the entire world with 200 million active users. It’s still a far cry from the power of Windows 7, which accounts for 52.5 of desktop computers. Microsoft has implemented the current update change in order to make the upgrading process faster if an individual were to choose to install Windows 10.
If you really want to get out of having even the smallest Windows 10 files on your computer, you can prevent the update from being pushed to your computer by disabling automatic upgrades in the Group Policy settings. You can also tamper with your registry edit, though this would only be recommended for advanced users. Simply turn off the option to automatically download recommended updates, then deselect the Windows 10 update from your list when manually downloading new updates.