There have been reports that Windows 10 was being downloaded automatically onto Windows 7 and 8 devices without permission from users, but the situation has escalated to the operating system actually installing itself onto computers. So why is this happening?
Windows 10 is free for Windows 7 and 8 PCs that meet the minimum requirements, but it is an optional upgrade. However, a number of users have complained that the Windows 10 upgrade was installing itself onto their computers.
As first reported by Ars Technica, if your PC is experiencing this issue, it's because the Upgrade to Windows 10 optional update in Windows Update had been checked by default. Windows Update regularly downloads updates pushed from Microsoft and prompts users to initiate the installation process. But unless you take a look at the Optional Updates tab before approving the install, you wouldn't know that Windows 10 was part of the package.
There are additional steps required to complete the Windows 10 upgrade if you do just click "okay" for Windows Update without checking, but users that are less tech savvy may not realise that they have a choice not to update their operating system.
Microsoft has admitted that it screwed up and has now automatically unchecked the Upgrade to Windows 10 box in Windows Update.
[Via Ars Technica]