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Windows 10 to force update itself

Postby Antony » Fri 17 Jul, 2015 10:19 am

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According to The Register, the highly anticipated Windows 10, due to release on 29th July 2015, has a new Licensing Agreement has made itself the same practice as Google Chrome browser, updating itself, like it or not. On the other hand, Mozilla Firefox, apart from rushed out releases, it also updates itself under default setting, however users can still choose to delay the update.

The Licensing Agreement for Windows 10, as found in the latest release candidate build 10240 of Windows 10 Professional, states:
The Software periodically checks for system and app updates, and downloads and installs them for you.

You may obtain updates only from Microsoft or authorised sources, and Microsoft may need to update your system to provide you with those updates.

By accepting this agreement, you agree to receive these types of automatic updates without any additional notice.


Heaven for those (extremists) who must have the latest of the latest.

The Register pointed out the potential issue:
The downside is that feature upgrades can potentially break applications, or drivers for peripherals such as printers and scanners.


Unless you are a business running the Enterprise Edition of Windows, then you can have some choices on delaying yourself from being forced updating.

source: Windows 10: You'll get UPDATES LIKE IT or NOT – unless you have Enterprise Edition (The Register)
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Re: Windows 10 to force update itself

Postby James » Fri 17 Jul, 2015 11:42 am

Not completely true. Enterprise customers are not forced to take automatic updates but have Long Term service packs that they can opt into to keep them safe over time.

The "forced" updates are only for Home Windows 10 customers. Pro users have more control over these updates and are able to switch over to the CBB (current branch for business) version allowing them to delay feature updates (not critical updates).

Automatic updates are not a bad thing. They keep us safe. Of course, if you'd rather NOT update, then remain with Windows 7 or 8 and be happy. Simply solution.
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Re: Windows 10 to force update itself

Postby Antony » Fri 17 Jul, 2015 12:04 pm

Thank you for pointing out.

James wrote:Automatic updates are not a bad thing. They keep us safe.
Not necessary.
Just a message informing me an update is available is sufficient.

James wrote:Of course, if you'd rather NOT update, then remain with Windows 7 or 8 and be happy. Simply solution.
Not really, I am sure there are users feel Windows 10 platform is a suitable, however, they do not wish to be constantly updated beyond their control.
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Re: Windows 10 to force update itself

Postby Antony » Mon 27 Jul, 2015 3:03 am

So, Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Updates Cannot Be Stopped (Forbes, 18 July 2015). The title says a lot. That applies to majority of individual users. The exception: it seems like only Windows 10 Enterprise can postpone the update, but it is only available in bulk licensing. In other words, the ability to postpone update does not apply to most of us.

I am pretty sure those (extremists) who rush for the latest of the latest love Microsoft's new forced updating policy. However when the update forced by Windows 10 has some bugs or your hardware management software decides to download another version of driver... you might end up in the never ending loop of forced updating. Forbes has a story of how the conflicts of forced updating can last forever

One of the first thing I did while setting up Surface Pro 3 for the first time was to make sure I am not registered for Windows 10 update.
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Re: Windows 10 to force update itself

Postby James » Mon 27 Jul, 2015 7:26 am

You might want to check this out: http://www.windowscentral.com/dont-want ... block-some
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