Earlier this week, a number of users were unknowingly being upgraded to Windows 10 after a prompt from Microsoft that seemed to offer no way to opt out. The issue came about when an optional update in Windows Update was checked by default, which Microsoft claims was checked by mistake.

A statement from Microsoft explains:

As part of our effort to bring Windows 10 to existing genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers, the Windows 10 upgrade may appear as an optional update in the Windows Update (WU) control panel. This is an intuitive and trusted place people go to find Recommended and Optional updates to Windows. In the recent Windows update, this option was checked as default; this was a mistake and we are removing the check.

Windows 10 Upgrade Prompt

The company’s goal to have 1 billion devices running Windows 10 in two to three years, is likely the reason behind their aggressive push.

Any update to an Operating System should be proceeded with caution. The new version of Windows 10 comes with a few privacy settings you should consider adjusting. Furthermore, the potential for compatibility issues and hidden bugs is likey, especially for machines connected to a company network.

Accellis is still advising users against upgrading their company devices, as well as any computers used to remotely access your work systems, until we have fully vetted the product. If you are interested in discussing the best upgrade approach for you firm, please contact us.