If you’re a Windows users and are slow to adopt Windows Updates, you won’t have a choice anymore after upgrading to Windows 10. This is actually a good thing for 99.9% of the population since Windows Updates includes a ton of security updates and improvements to the operating system that you really should have installed.
Sure you could probably block the download servers, disable the update services or internal components to prevent the updates from pushing to your computer but in reality, you shouldn’t and that’s why Microsoft is now enforcing updates on all – not making it ease to “opt-out” like you could have done in the past. This only applies to Home users as Business/Enterprise users have different policies and method of applying updates.
In related Windows 10 news, Microsoft has updated their Windows Support Lifecycle fact sheet which states that they will be supporting Windows 10 for at least a decade. It states that Windows 10 will be supported for five years (October 13th, 2020) for mainstream and for another five years in extended support until October 14th, 2025.
Windows 10 launches on July 29th, 2015 and is available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users as well as Windows Insiders. Need a copy for new hardware or really old hardware? Amazon has a nice deal right now being fulfilled by Microsoft. You get Windows 10 Home preloaded on a USB Drive for $119. Not a bad way to go if you need it for a new OS.