Microsoft makes Windows 10 an 'automatic' update

If you really don't want Windows 10 then make sure to turn off the download recommended updates feature.

As of February 2nd, Microsoft has modified the Windows 10 update to be 'recommended' which may mean millions of Windows 7 and 8.1 users will automatically download the new operating system.

The default option concerning updates for 7 and 8.1 makes it so recommended updates are automatically downloaded to your PC. In general this is a good thing as it ensures that your software is completely up to date without your direct input. However it also means that instead of having the option to reject the Windows 10 upgrade, it will begin to download and install immediately.

It is possible to turn this option off however and this image (courtesy of shows the Windows update control panel where you can toggle the setting on or off.

There's no doubt that Microsoft is keen for all Windows users to run the latest OS but for many, change is something that should be avoided for as long as possible. If you're one of those people then make sure to follow the necessary steps to prevent your PC updating with Windows 10.

Full instructions on how to manage Windows 10 notification and upgrade options can be found on the official Microsoft site.


Alec, 26, from the UK. Graduated from university with a degree in War Studies. I love playing video games (obviously), writing about them and achievement hunting. My favourite game ever is TESIV: Oblivion. In my spare time I play golf and clay pigeon shoot. Feel free to follow me on Instagram: @theealecp

Published Feb. 4th 2016
  • Samuel Franklin
    Featured Contributor
    Good thing I stumbled here from the front page, changed my update settings.
  • Th3Exi13d
    if you dont want to upgrade to Windows 10, just uninstall the update that says Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3035583)

    the code name is the same for 32 bit systems, and if you have it installed go to Control Panel-Programs and click View Installed Updates and look for the update that has the code and uninstall it, and the annoying Windows 10 upgrade logo on the bottom right side will be gone
  • Ashley Shankle
    Associate Editor
    I still refuse to upgrade. I don't want 10 and its keylogging/datamining features that are technically always on despite giving users the "option" to turn them off. I also find MS's pushing of Windows 10 and boasting over user numbers despicable considering they've snuck the update in for so many users. Once my time has ended with 7, I'll move onto Linux. I don't care what CPU exclusivity deals MS has with some manufacturers, I'll spend more to go elsewhere.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Featured Correspondent
    I agree, just for me games. I only use Windows because Linux doesn't have the game support. And if MS want to snoop on me... they can... every single other companies do it without putting options for it. It's in the middle of the small print (the least likely place people will look).

    Apple, have been doing all that crap since OS X version, and since the beginning with iOS. Google 'don't' with phones if you turn it off, but I get they still collect some data, everyone knows all Google searches are logged, same with YouTube watching habits, and unless you have "do not track" on marketing data collected and pointed towards you.

    Facebook are the worst for data collection, because technically in the small print anything you post on Facebook, is now owned by them. Any phrase, picture, video ANYTHING Facebook now technically own. And just generally, at one point the terms of conditions also didn't say anything about Facebook's data collection when they were collecting data. They were forced by many of the world's courts to add that, but guess what? No one really spoke about that... (which is another issue). I 'deleted' my Facebook account, the next day... got about 5 spam emails... and am constantly getting them FROM FACEBOOK 3RD PARTIES... Facebook don't only collect your information, they sell it.

    Yes, Google also do that, but they do it anonymously, and don't give any email addresses and they only give it to governments (generally most public sector businesses who deal with safety, police, secret service etc.)

    If you have any of those accounts, you're information is already tracked, just hidden in small print, instead of more in your face... which is better? I don't know... but big data is big business.
  • Lad Johnson
    I noticed this happening. I've been putting it off because I want more feedback on the update before I put it through. Nice article!

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