Windows 10 was awaited by millions of users out there, and so far, Microsoft’s latest operating system seems to be received with positive ratings. But let’s not forget that it’s Microsoft who we’re talking about here, so we shouldn’t be too surprised if they mess things up from time to time.


According to a recent report from The Inquirer, it seems that Microsoft is automatically downloading between 3.5GB to 6GB of Windows 10 installation files for those who have opted for automatic updates. So it seems that Windows 10 for Microsoft is an ‘automatic update’, but it’s being pushed to users even if they haven’t opted into the upgrade.

Several users have been complaining that a large folder labeled ‘$Windows.~BT’ is taking up a lot of space and the update also tries to install Windows 10 after every boot. The download also consumes data caps and bandwidth, and because it’s happening silently in the background, you won’t even know what’s going on. Microsoft said the following regarding this:

“For individuals who have chosen to receive automatic updates through Windows Update, we help upgradable devices get ready for Windows 10 by downloading the files they’ll need if they decide to upgrade.”

At the time of writing this article, that’s all that Microsoft had to say on this matter. But what if the users doesn’t have enough space to download such a large update, or they aren’t just ready to make the jump? All things aside, Windows 10 might be a great update but you won’t convince users to upgrade by forcing them to do so.

Note: The title of this article was updated for better accuracy.

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8 thoughts on “Microsoft Will Download Windows 10 Files on Your System Even if You Don’t Want Them

  1. Shameless clickbait article.
    This only downloads files in anticipation of the update and will not install anything unless you explicitly click the “Install Windows 10” button. Windows 10 comes with its own EULA and you have to accept that to be able to install it.

    • All the website to do with technology are always against Microsoft. They are being paid by Google and Apple to publish useless and false news about Microsoft.

    • lol fanboys crying foul. No matter how much you cry, it doesn’t change the fact that Microsoft is downloading unwanted files just to get you ready to upgrade “if you choose to”. I haven’t chosen to upgrade, so don’t push these files down my throat AH. These update files are of NO USE for my day to day usage of Windows 8.1

  2. Clickbait site posts article attributing “facts” to other clickbait site. Does no one have any integrity anymore? This article is factually wrong and plain lazy.

  3. Hilarious that fanboys in this discussion thread are crying foul. For fuck sake, Microsoft IS downloading files required to let you upgrade to Windows 10. These files are of NO IMPORTANCE for functioning of your existing Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1 systems. How tough is to understand?

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