Windows 10 now automatically downloads for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users

At the start of the year, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 was running on 200 million devices. It now looks like Microsoft is keen to make that an even larger number. While the OS update has so far been designated as “optional” in Windows Update, Microsoft has changed its standing to “recommended”. 

Windows 10 now automatically downloads for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users

This means that Windows 10 will automatically download in the background for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users with automatic updates activated. Seeing as this is the default setting and the best way to keep the system updated against security risks, thousands of users stand to have Windows 10 automatically downloaded on their machines.

While the download starts automatically, users will need to actively select whether or not they want to install Windows 10. For those with strict internet download limits, users can also block the download by turning off automatic updates.

Users that install Windows 10 have 31 days to roll back to an earlier version of Windows, and we have a guide to doing that here.

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