Microsoft has finally gone through with their plan to automatically download Windows 10 in the background of a computer that is using a Windows 7 or 8 Operating System. This means that if you have automatic downloads set on your computer then Windows 10 will be one of those updates that run in the background whilst you are using the computer.
The first thing that you might notice is that on the ‘Windows Update’ app Microsoft have changed the Windows 10 update from ‘Optional’ to ‘Recommended’; therefore, if you have automatic downloads on, it will download itself. This is the best way to keep your computer applications and software up-to-date and hence your computer running smoothly.
After the computer has finished downloading Windows 10, as always, it will ask the user whether they would like to proceed into the installation process, to which the majority of users will just accept and click ‘OK’, whether they know what they are agreeing to or not (since many users don’t bother to read what the computer is asking them). Once this has been clicked and the computer has gained user permission you will not be able to use your computer whilst the Operating System is being installed.
If you have decided against changing your Operating System to Windows 10 then you have 31 days to change it back should you wish to do so. The majority of Windows updates are quite small, however Windows 10 takes up around 3.5-6GB of overall storage space on your hard drive which can be a huge pain for someone on metered connections or with a limited internet download allowance. This is why it is possible to turn off the automatic update option, though that is not recommended by Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, Terry Myerson, who states that: “If you are on a metered connection on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, then you have the option of turning off automatic updates. We strongly discourage this in today’s connected world because of the constant risk of Internet threats.”
The new Operating System Windows 10 has received largely positive reviews and has pleased people around the world as compensation for Windows 8 which received a negative backlash. One of the key reasons why it has become so popular and had the biggest Windows launch since Windows 98 is that it has excellent compatibility with existing software and devices (hardware). The upgrade is free when upgrading from older versions of Windows Operating Systems and, by the end of 2015, the Windows 10 upgrade had been downloaded to 200 million computers.