It has recently come to light that Microsoft have reclassified their newest Operating System (Windows 10) as a “Recommended Update” rather than “Optional”.
This now means that whenever a user of Windows 7 or 8/8.1 perform their updates as normal, Windows 10 is now included in that list of available updates. If the user is not attentive or quickly clicks the “Install” button, Windows 10 will be downloaded and installed on the computer. Much to the user’s dismay. This update amendment applies to both home and business users of Windows 7 or 8/8.1 Operating Systems.
Corp Networking have received a few calls from clients who do not have their computers connected to a domain who have had this happen to them. One client could not access The Internet and another had lost their emails due to a piece of software not being present in Windows 10.
To prevent Windows 10 from automatically installing, we recommend the user go into their Windows Update settings and change “Automatically download and Install Updates” to “Check for updates, but let me choose whether to download and install them”. Other options may prevent Windows 10 from installing, although the aforementioned option would be the recommended way to ensure Windows 10 does not automatically appear on your computer. It would appear that simply hiding the update only works until the next batch of updates come through, where you must remember to hide the update again.