The newest rendition of Windows automatically installs updates, effectively forcing you to have the most recent version of software whether you like it or not. This move will keep all operating systems up-to-date, unlike the past when users could have systems still running on the first edition of the software.
With mandatory updates, Microsoft hopes to make the platform more secure, “The license terms for Windows 10 require Automatic Updates be enabled as a part of keeping our customers secure and delivering Windows as a service.” Some organizations will be provided wiggle room around this verdict, such as enterprise companies that need more control in this arena.
The benefits of mandatory updates include not only security best practices but extend to performance enhancements for the popular operating system. Now users will not have to worry whether new updates will impede functionality to their systems or pre-existing applications.
The most recent Windows 10 licensing agreement, from build 10420, states the following:
“Updates. 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.”
Windows hopes that such a move will prevent migration nightmares like what happened with the Windows version 8.x, where several users stayed with the old version of the software despite the new edition, Windows 8.1, being offered for free.
By making automatic updates mandatory, Windows hopes to keep a more efficient platform, with fewer processing glitches or security issues. Some speculate that windows software will automatically update when new versions are released.