Windows 10 Will Now Force Some Updates On Users

Force them, no matter their internet connection! One of the biggest annoyances with the original version of Windows 10 was how systems updates were provided to PCs, regardless of their connections.

This led to many users exceeding their data plans, and sometimes even caused huge charges for those that were on cellular connectivity.

Microsoft then introduced an option for users to mark their connections as metered, and this allowed them an option to only download these large updates via broadband or WiFi connections. But now it appears that Redmond is making another change here — change that could annoy some users.

And that is because, the upcoming Creators Update will change how the metered connection switch works in Windows 10.

As noted, the OS will receive essential upgrades even if this option is enabled.

This new tip, which you can see above, in the Windows Update page of the latest Windows 10 build explains how the updates will be delivered to PCs and devices that have metered connections in the Creators Update.

Previously, metered connections were excluded, as can be seen in the image below:

Microsoft explains this as:

“We’ll automatically download and install updates, except on metered connections (where changes may apply). In that case, we’ll automatically download only those updates required to keep Windows running smoothly updates required to keep Windows running smoothly.”

Of course, the software titan has not provided any specifics on what thee updates required are, but this is nevertheless, something that may cause some concerns in the Windows 10 user base.

Then again, with the constantly increasing sizes of the cumulative updates, maybe such an option makes sense on some level. Microsoft could ship security updates and critical patches to all systems, while delivering the rest of them once a fast connection becomes available on a PC.

We’ll probably hear more details from the company before the rumored April 11 launch date of the Creators Update.

In the meantime, let us know your thoughts on this little change.

Windows 10 Will Now Force Some Updates On Users was last modified: March 16th, 2017 by Fahad Ali

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  • Jonathan

    Microsoft doesn’t seem to get it, do they? People want options and they hate being forced into doing something, anything. Just let them do what they want, when they want it, and not use terms like “we’ll automatically download only those updates required to keep Windows running smoothly updates required to keep Windows running smoothly.” as an excuse to automatically download stuff into their computers.

    • Katherine

      Very well said, Jonathan! While I understand Microsoft may have their reasons to try and automatically download important pieces of an update, I value my right to choose when and what to download much more.

      • Brian Photastic

        In that case Katherine, you are happy to forego your right to support when it goes pear-shaped?

        • Katherine

          Not sure yet. I guess I’ll have to see how this evolves. Maybe Microsoft will leave some options (at least for more knowledgeable users)?

    • Daniel

      I think the truth is somewhere in the middle. Microsoft probably needs to do this to make sure bad things don’t happen but this can easily turn into something unethical if Redmond starts installing other things without telling its users.

  • 1stkorean

    MS is going to shoot themselves in the foot once again.

  • Brian Photastic

    Shouldn’t this change be seen in the context of Delta Updates as reported by you the other day? Delta updates are far smaller than cumulative updates and surely are the reason MS can now change its procedures. I totally agree with Microsoft. Leaving it to users in the past has lead to major headaches as people fall behind and create problems for support techs. Since the users can’t be trusted to keep their kit up-to-date, MS are quite right to “force” updates on those idiots. What justification could you have for not updating?

    • Dennis

      I agree with you, Brian but calling people “idiots” is not nice and it won’t solve anything. Some people are just not that great with computers and updates, but that doesn’t mean they’re idiots. Anyway, Microsoft should “force” some updates that need to be installed right away and ask permission for other “not as important” updates.

      • Tyler

        I second this. It’s clear that Redmond needs to take this step and it’s quite clear some people are not going to agree with them, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t do it.

  • Brody

    Is it just me or has Microsoft started acting like they don’t really care about its users opinion lately? A lot of people will be very angry at what Redmond is going to do with these updates.

  • WillyThePooh

    How come I read differently. What I understand is, it will only download and install updates automatically except metered connection. What they are going to automatically download is those that are required to keep windows running smoothly. The other updates will not download automatically as they are not critical. So if you are on metered connection, the first sentence already said it will not download without your permission.