While in the past was only a rumor, the new updated EULA included with Windows 10 build 10240 reveals that Windows 10 Home users won’t be able to disable or opt out from automatic updates. According to the Microsoft’s licensing agreement the Home edition of Windows 10 will automatically download and install all the security patches, bug fixes, and even new features regardless if users want them or not.
It’s all part of Microsoft initiative of making “Windows as a Service”, which is a new update model that aims to keep users up-to-date and supported for lifetime of Windows 10.
This basically means that the software maker will take the friction out of users having to maintain the operating system by downloading, installing, and restarting the computer when you’re not using it. Of course, you’ll be able to schedule a restart, so the task doesn’t interrupt your work, but that’s all the options Windows 10 Home users will have for Windows Update.
The Enterprise and Professional editions of Windows 10 are a different story. These editions of the operating system are update friendly, as businesses have their own IT department and they need more control over what updates to deploy to clients.
If you think this could cause issues, where Microsoft is the one that gets to decide whether or not to download a new update over a metered internet connection using your data, or if a newly release update breaks your computer. Well, you shouldn’t worry just yet.
Although, those are valid concerns, you need to keep in mind that Microsoft has over five million members registered as Windows Insider, and they are the ones that will test new updates and features before they roll out to customers. As such, scenarios where things could go drastically wrong are pretty slim.
You should look at the new servicing model as a positive move, remember that many software such as Google Chrome and Firefox, antivirus, and apps already use these type of continue updates. In addition, while for power users, installing new Windows updates is an everyday thing, for regular users it means less friction and more security, and it’s also a way that will help Microsoft to keep users in the latest version of Windows 10.
Source The Register