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Windows 10 automatically installs without permission, complain users
Windows 7 users are reporting that Windows 10 is automatically installing on their PCs without permission. Scores of users have posted on Twitter, forums, Reddit and gaming sites to complain about Windows 10 automatically installing, seemingly without asking, and often in the middle of doing something important. Reddit user LHoT10820 posted a warning, which has attracted over 2,800 comments, about the forced Windows 10 upgrade after it "bricked" his father's computer.
Geekygirlhere said: "Yep this happened to me this morning. Working and all of a sudden Windows closed all my programs, logged me out and started the upgrade. I quickly shut down my computer and was able to stop it but my son wasn't so lucky. Same thing happened to him today."
8165128200 said: "We've been getting calls trickling in all week from doctor's offices, dental practices, B&Bs and roofing companies – among others – that have been hit by this and it's a fucking mess. In some cases the upgrade went OK and the user is just really confused. In others, Windows 10 is asking for a login password the user set years ago and hasn't used since, that was fun. In still another it's screwed up access to their shared folders."
Even senior reporter Patrick Klepek for gaming site Kotaku was seemingly forced into an upgrade to Windows 10.
Microsoft recently changed the Windows 10 upgrade from "optional" to "recommended", making it one level below the highest "critical" designation within Windows Update, the software update system built into Windows. The change means that if users have Windows update on Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 set to 'install all recommended updates', which many will do, the Windows 10 upgrade will automatically download to a user's computer.
Source: The Guardian
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