Microsoft Windows 10 launch is about 10 days away and the latest news from Redmond is that future updates for the Windows 10 Home users will be mandatory, without any option to turn them off. According to its latest release 10240 distributed to testers, there is a clausein the end user license agreement (EULA) that says “By accepting this agreement, you agree to receive these types of automatic updates without any additional notice.”
According to this addition to the clause, you will no longer get options such as ‘choose when to reboot’, ‘choose when to download and install’ and ‘never check for updates’, which you were familiar with in Windows 8.1. Windows 10 updates will be downloaded and installed automatically. As an end user, you will only get the option to choose when to reboot the machine once the updates have downloaded and installed.
For those on a limited data bandwidth, forced updates from Windows can be a matter of concern, as you do not get the option to decide when to download updates. Apart from security patches, some updates come with feature updates and the size of downloads can go into several 100s of megabytes.
Only Windows 10 for business users, ie. those running the Enterprise Edition, get the option to select only security patches update and can opt for Long Term Service Branch (LTSB) which is updated once in every 2-3 years.