Microsoft pushes Windows 10 upgrade to PCs without user consent

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.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.computerworld.com

This is about the dumbest thing that Microsoft has done in years.  Bring back Balmer, at least he didn’t do stupid things like this.  

“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.  Some also wondered whether Microsoft would take the next logical step by either dunning users with notifications urging them to apply the already-installed upgrade, or make the much more unlikely move of automatically triggering the upgrade.  The former would, frankly, not be that different from what Microsoft has already done with those who accepted the free upgrade and reserved a copy. It’s possible that many on the receiving end of such notifications would approve the upgrade, and even appreciate the fact that they did not have to wait for a long download to complete before upgrading. The latter, however, would be unprecedented, and would almost certainly fuel a firestorm of protest.  Microsoft did not immediately reply to follow-up questions about its intentions.   What is also interesting about the upgrade-prep is Microsoft’s defense, that it’s an “industry practice.”

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