Windows 10 now an ‘update’ on Windows 7 and 8


Everyone has been expecting it, and Microsoft were quite open in that they wanted to start pushing the roll-out once they’d finished with the initial optional roll-out phase. Now we’re seeing the recommended phase.

How Does It Work?

If you’ve got auto-updates turned on, then you’ll see Windows 10 as a recommended download. You’re computer will do it’s normal downloads and updates on restart, where you’ll be met with a screen asking you to click to confirm installation of Windows 10.

If you don’t have auto-updates on, then this won’t happen – though it’s thought it might download in advance in readiness. Business users are supposed to be protected from updates and reminders, but there’s been a noticeable increase in reminders and pop-ups.


So, is there an issue here?

Simply – yes. There are enough people out there who just click ok to anything that pops up in front of them. This is an issue for all levels of user: confusion for home or less familiar users; or IT support this could create wider issues with older machines, as there are plenty of unsupported devices out there. Some software could be affected by the changes which is the core concern for most businesses.

What can be done about it?

If you do upgrade, you can step back to your previous version within 30 days. Changing your Windows Update settings will prevent any updates (for now). More reading regarding auto updates, and how to control them, can be read on the Microsoft website here.