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WTH Microsoft? September 18, 2015

Posted by geoff in News.
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I was already annoyed by the intrusive Windows 10 upgrade nags pushed to my computer (and apparently impossible to remove). But a week ago someone found this:

MICROSOFT HAS CONFIRMED that Windows 10 is being downloaded to computers whether or not users have opted in.

An INQUIRER reader pointed out to us that, despite not having ‘reserved’ a copy of Windows 10, he had found that the ~BT folder, which has been the home of images of the new operating system since before rollout began, had appeared on his system. He had no plans to upgrade and had not put in a reservation request.

He told us: “The symptoms are repeated failed ‘Upgrade to Windows 10’ in the WU update history and a huge 3.5GB to 6GB hidden folder labelled ‘$Windows.~BT’. I thought Microsoft [said] this ‘upgrade’ was optional. If so, why is it being pushed out to so many computers where it wasn’t reserved, and why does it try to install over and over again?

Checked my machine, and yes indeedy there’s a 6.15 GB hidden folder squatting on my hard drive. This is really beyond the pale, even for Microsoft.

I keep claiming that I’m going to migrate to Linux, and this sort of nonsense is exactly why.

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