Windows 10 Is Automatically Downloading On Windows 7 And Windows 8

Microsft Windows 10 LogoDid you sign up for a free copy of Windows 10? Are you running a Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC? Then you could be in for a big surprise: Windows 10 may have already started downloading to your PC…

Microsoft’s stealthy download uses a secret folder – C:\$windows.~BT – and it can be found by opening File Explorer and going to: Organize > Folder Options > View > Show hidden files, folders, and drives.

Windows 10 is a significant download of almost 6GB which means you can right click on the folder to see how far it has progressed.

Of course whether you should be part of the day one upgraders is open to debate.

Microsoft will unlock and activate the Windows 10 install at Today, allowing some Windows 7 and Windows 8 users to upgrade.

Windows 10

Not everyone will get access to the Windows 10 upgrade initially, though. Microsoft is rolling the upgrade out gradually to compatible systems, and the company is creating a queue to distribute the update in waves. Windows 10 testers have already been testing the final bits and they will be the first to receive a Day One patch that Microsoft is developing. The software maker has also been rolling out daily hotfixes to existing testers, fixing issues just days and hours before the final release.

Windows 10 finally strikes a strong balance between the familiarity of Windows 7 and the advances of Windows 8, but a major upgrade is already planned for October (likely called ‘Windows 10.1’) and the initial release is far from bug free.


Have you taken the plunge to immediately upgrade to Windows 10 and, if so, have you noticed it downloading into its secret folder? Let me know.

Enjoy & Keep Sharing…!!

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