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Microsoft confirms Windows 10 tried to secretly install itself on old machines

Windows 10 Automatic Update

Yes, not too long ago, Microsoft apologized for automatically installing Windows 10 on older Windows 7 or Windows 8 machines. But although Microsoft has said that it will stop doing this, it seems the controversy is far from over.

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This Forbes article brings us the news that Microsoft recently confirmed that Windows 10 secretly installed itself on older computers that were still running Windows 7 and Windows 8. Apparently, it all started in August when the company rolled out an automatic update to Windows 7 and Windows 8 that triggered the installations.

This didn’t happen to all Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, of course, but some saw Windows 10 boot up unexpectedly on their machines, while others discovered numerous counts of installation attempts in their Windows update history that were blocked by user preferences. Some users also confirmed that Windows 10 tried to install itself dozens of times.

Microsoft identified the bug that turns Windows 10 into an automatic install, and says it should be fixed now. Of course, the company admitted recently that Windows 10 will soon be labeled as a recommended update, which means it’ll download and install automatically on machines that have default update settings.

This means many Windows 7 and Windows 8 users might soon find themselves running Windows 10 without even wanting it.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.