The latest preview build of Windows 10 for home users, which is considered to be the final version due to be released to the public in the very near future, has an automatic Windows Update system that cannot be turned off.
Professional and Enterprise versions of Windows 10 will be given more control over the installation of updates.
Previous versions of Windows, including the latest Windows 8.1 have given users several options when dealing with software updates, including the ability to turn them off completely.
Beyond simply fixing bugs and making sure the system operates as expected, updates to Windows are crucial for maintaining the security of the operating system and protecting users from hackers and cybercriminals.
Windows 10 has only two options for updates: download, install and reboot the computer automatically, or simply download, install and ask to reboot the computer.
The automatic updates will help better protect users, but are unlikely to be popular. Many of Microsoft’s core audience are wary of updates, particularly those who do not use a computer regularly and are often confronted with an unavoidable update screen whenever attempting to do something.
Automatic updates may also create a situation where an update breaks something on a computer system, perhaps a legacy program. Currently users can stop updates happening and maintain function.
This article was written by Samuel Gibbs, for theguardian.com on Friday 17th July 2015 10.44 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010