27Sep15 Windows 10 Info Update

Microsoft thinks you’ll love Windows 10 so much, it downloads it for you — without asking!

Microsoft has never rolled out an operating system the way it has pushed 10 to the mass market, so some mistakes were inevitable. The company’s latest blunder? Downloading Windows 10 without asking.

According to the Inquirer, a user who had never “reserved” a copy of Windows 10 in the first place found a large 6GB download sitting in the $Windows.~BT hidden directory, and a series of failed “Upgrade to Windows 10″ tasks in Windows Update’s history. In several cases, the new OS has been downloaded over metered connections, forcing people over their bandwidth caps in the process. When the Inquirer reached out to Microsoft, the company said the following: “For individuals who have chosen to receive automatic updates through Windows Update, we help 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.”

Read full article here: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/213979-microsoft-thinks-youll-love-windows-10-so-much-it-downloads-it-for-you-without-asking

How to delete Microsoft’s unwanted Windows 10 download files AND PREVENT THEM FROM RETURNING

Microsoft now downloads Windows 10 to local devices whether users have chosen to do so or not. Here, we’ll walk you through the process of reclaiming that space. The surest way to tell if you’ve been affected by the stealth download is to navigate to your C:\Windows directory. Once there, you’ll want to configure Explorer to show hidden files and folders.

In Windows 7, you do this by clicking on “Tools,” then “Folder Options,” and finally “Show Hidden Files and Folders,” as shown below. In Windows 8/8.1, click on the View tab and then select the “Hidden items” check box.

FolderOptions

Once this is done, check your Windows directory for a directory named $WINDOWS.~BT. The icon may be translucent, since the folder is normally hidden, so check carefully. You can delete this folder if you wish, but doing so won’t actually prevent Microsoft from downloading the setup program again. Be very careful when opening these hidden systems folders, 1 slip on the keyboard could render Windows unbootable!

Once the OS has decided that you’re going to install Windows 10, it’s downright pushy about inserting the Win 10 install files into your system uninvited. The only solution to block it from returning after removal, according to various sources, is to actually remove a specific Windows Updates.

Read the full article here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/214070-how-to-delete-microsofts-unwanted-windows-10-download-files

A more detailed set of instructions for removing the Win 10 downloaded files and removing the specific Windows Updates to block it from returning is here: http://betanews.com/2015/09/11/remove-unwanted-windows-10-upgrade-files-from-windows-7-and-windows-8-x/

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