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Microsoft rollout automatic Windows 10 update

Microsoft changes software update to ‘recommended’, in a bid to push out older operating systems

Microsoft rollout automatic Windows 10 update
The upgrade to Windows 10 is free but will soon expire later this year

So far Microsoft has offered Windows 10 as an ‘optional' update, but the computer software company kept its word as it promised to push automatic updates, scheduled for early this year.

Within days, many users of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 will begin to see the new operating system automatically activate in the background, if their system is set to default, meaning automatic downloads and install recommended updates.

Though the download itself cannot be stopped, the install process can be stalled by users who can decide whether they wish to upgrade their machine to the new operating system. Plus, those who follow the update through, have the option to roll back to their previous operating system up to 31 days after the upgrade.

Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft's Windows and Devices group, said: "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 upgrade is free, though Microsoft has said this will expire in July 2016.

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