Users of Windows 10 Home Edition May not be Able to Opt out of Automatic Updates

By: Radu Tyrsina
2 minute read

At the end of this July, everybody is expecting the big launch of Windows 10. Now, according to a fresh Windows 10 specifications page, it seems that owners of the Windows 10 Home Edition could be forced to stick to automatic updates.
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There’s a big chance that Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 Home edition may force automatic updates on its users, which could turn out not so good for the reputation of the company. According to Microsoft’s Windows 10 specifications, users of the Home edition would not be able to defer automatic updates, but at the moment this isn’t something official, since Microsoft says these are for a pre-released version of Windows 10 and are subject to change.

Microsoft says the following:

Windows 10 Home users will have updates from Windows Update automatically available. Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise users will have the ability to defer updates

So, while Microsoft doesn’t directly say that Windows 10 Home users won’t have the ability to defer updates, it only credits that feature to owners of the Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise versions.

Windows 10 Home owners were able to defer updates  in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7, so if Microsoft decides to kill this in the upcoming Windows 10, which already comes with many awesome features, it will be quite a letdown. Of course, this can also mean that when updates will be downloaded and installed immediately, the user won’t be forced to restart right away for them to be completely deployed.

Currently, the most recent version of the Windows 10 Technical Preview allows for updates to be set to Automatic with an option to schedule a restart. Also, users can’t check manually for updates and it’s also impossible to delay the downloading, so this is already a hint for what could happen in the final version.

Windows Home is going to be the cheaper consumer version of Windows 10 and also the most used one, no doubt about it. So by removing control from the user’s hand, this is going to be a big no-no from consumers. The problem with this is that Microsoft is know to release buggy updates that users should better stay away from. If this level of control is removed, then we won’t be able to protect our systems from this.

Microsoft is probably looking to increase the security of casual users with this feature, which would prevent their systems from being vulnerable to attacks. We’ll be keeping an eye out for this in case Microsoft release any official statements.

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