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Windows 10 has apparently begun to download automatically on computers running Windows 7 and 8.1 without any user permissions.

A discussion on Reddit claims that users of Windows 7 Professional, which already had a payload of nagware for Internet Explorer dumped on it last patch Tuesday, have seen their machines updating without any user intervention at all. “This came up on all of our work computers. I told IT. They basically said oh XXXX’,” said one Redditor.

Another user said they were unable to stop the install because they caught it happening but their son was “not so lucky”.

The action also led to comments where life was actually being put at risk by the unilateral action.

“I needed to set up my department’s bronchoscopy (endoscopic technique) cart quickly for someone with some sick lungs. I XXX you not, when I turned on the computer it had to do a Windows update.”

Microsoft had promised to ramp up its efforts to enforce updates last year within Windows Update as it pushes to meet its target of over two billion devices running Windows 10 by 2017.

However, the company has come under increasing scrutiny for the heavy-handed approach to the process, which is having disastrous consequences for some.

“It broke my dad’s Bootcamp configuration for OS X. Windows 10 loves to switch to using UEFI and can break other boot loaders.” The problem seems to be affecting all manner of organisations.

On the subject of Bootcamp we have also experienced these problems at The Cloud Consultancy.


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