With the launch of Windows 10 just around the bend, Microsoft has published the end user license agreement (EULA) that confirms updates cannot be disabled.
The agreement reads:
“The software periodically checks for system and app updates, and downloads and installs them for you. You may obtain updates only from Microsoft or authorized sources, and Microsoft may need to update your system to provide you with those updates. By accepting this agreement, you agree to receive these types of automatic updates without any additional notice.”
The move should be great for most users as they need not worry about their PCs becoming prone to attack due to dated security patches.
Microsoft has also given users the option to be part of the slow and fast update rings, the former receiving updates up to a month later than the latter to make sure no bugs are missed.
However, the move is bound to face heat from users that want more control over what Microsoft is able to install on their computers. With the change in policy, Microsoft can essentially install new software and change the core functionalities of Windows 10 all on its own.
Theoretically, it might be possible for someone to hack Windows 10 and turn off the auto update feature, however, we’re going to have to wait and see what the repercussions of that could be.