No more Windows 10 Background Updates, Microsoft Promises

Microsoft is now using a new delivery system for their software, called “Unified Update Platform” (UUP). This new system allows lightweight releases utilizing incremental data updates. This means that it only pushes out new bits that have been added since the last update.

Responding to a lawsuit from German consumer agency Verbraucherzentrale Baden-Württemberg made to the Munich Regional Court. Microsoft, voluntarily has agreed to halt the “offending behaviour” by promising not to keep going with its Windows 10 approach regarding upgrades.

Between mid-2015/2016, time in which a free Windows 10 upgrade was offered to its Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 customers, Microsoft pre-installed 6GB of data on the users computers. This 6GB of data was designed to make the installation of Windows 10 a lot faster. However, it was not easy for users to refuse that upgrade if they did not want it. Microsoft has been also criticised for the annoying pop-ups and dialogue boxes prompting users to install the new software.

That kind of behaviour triggered multiple lawsuits in the United States, especially by customers that have lost data during an undesired automatic upgrade, as those were not designed to prepare the system for an eventual power cut during the process. Hence, damaging the system and sometimes the user data stored in disk.

The German consumer watchdog Verbraucherzentrale Baden-Württemberg said that thanks to Microsoft promise, they are now “obliged to avoid placing installation data for new operating systems on Windows user’s hard drives without their permission”. “We would have wished for an earlier backing-down, but is a success for consumer rights in the digital world” said Cornelia Tausch, head of the German regional consumer authority.

Microsoft is now using a new delivery system for their software, called “Unified Update Platform” (UUP). This new system allows lightweight releases utilizing incremental data updates. This means that it only pushes out new bits that have been added since the last update.