Microsoft has confirmed that it is pushing out Windows 10 to Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users – even those ones who haven’t opted to avail the free upgrade option.
The confirmation was received by The Inquirer after it contacted Redmond based on the information provided by one of its users who saw the entire image of Windows 10 OS on this computer even though he had not opted to receive the free upgrade.
With Microsoft busy getting its Windows 10 installation numbers to the next level every single moment, one of its key points on the agenda was pushing free Windows 10 update to all home users who own a licensed copy of one of its prior OS. With as many as 75 million installations in less than a month it seems that it’s strategy is paying off as market share of Windows 10 has zoomed past that of OS X, Windows 8 and 8.1.
However, it seems that it might not be satisfied with the number of opt-ins received as it has come to light that users who didn’t opt for the upgrade are also being treated with a free copy of Windows 10 just in case the user decides to upgrade to the OS at a later date. That’s what happened with one of the readers of the Inquirer who reported the matter to the publication.
The reader observed that there was a particular folder, labelled ‘$Windows.~BT’, on his system with approximately 3.5GB to 6GB of size. In the Windows Update log, he repeatedly saw a failed to upgrade to Windows 10 entry and this is because he didn’t opt for the free upgrade.
There is no obvious reason as to why would a system, which has not opted to receive the update, be storing the Windows 10 installation images. The Inquirer asked Microsoft for comment and that’s when it became clear the no matter what, Microsoft will push out Windows 10 installation images to users’ systems just in case.
In response to the publication’s questions, Microsoft representative replied that all users who have opted for automatic updates through Windows update will, Redmond will ensure that upgradable devices get ready for Windows 10 by downloading the files they’ll need if they decide to upgrade.
“When the upgrade is ready, the customer will be prompted to install Windows 10 on the device”, Microsoft said.
This is something that either very few people or no one knew about. Though there is nothing wrong in such a strategy, Microsoft is basically keeping its fingers crossed just in case. Windows 7 is not out of support yet and it won’t till a few more years, so what if the user doesn’t decide to upgrade till 2018? All the original files as well as the subsequent updates to Windows 10 will be dumped on user’s system, clogging up the hard drive.
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