A companion article discusses Microsoft Corporation’s actions to force Windows 7 & 8 users to accept Windows 10 as a “recommended” update in order to meet the Corporation’s 1 billion registration target. “Recommended” update means that installation of Windows 10 will begin automatically on computers running Windows 7 or 8 with the default Windows Update settings.
A Windows 7 or 8 user might decide against downloading and installing Windows 10, for any reason or no reason. Perhaps you don’t want Windows 10 until all the bugs are fixed, until you buy a new computer or just plain never. How can you prevent the download and installation of Windows 10 on your current computer?
First, disable the default option for making recommended updates the same way you receive important updates. The basic steps are:
– Click your Start Menu on the bottom left of your screen
– Click Control Panel;
– click System and Security;
– click Windows Update;
– on the left navigation bar, click Change Settings;
– under Important Updates, choose “Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them”;
– under Recommended Updates, unclick “Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates”; and
– Click OK at the bottom right of the screen.
Secondly, you can also block the Windows 10 upgrade by using your computer’s configuration. The basic steps are:
– Click Computer Configuration;
– Click Policies;
– Click Administrative Templates;
– Click Windows Components;
– Click Windows Update;
– Double-click Turn off the upgrade to the latest version of Windows through Windows Update; and
– Click Enable.
Third, if you are pestered by the pop-up window urging you to upgrade, you can make that icon invisible by the following steps:
– Click the small upward arrow called “Show Hidden Icons” in the lower right of your screen;
– Click customize;
– Under “Select which icons and notifications appear on the Task Bar,” find “GWX” (“Get Windows 10” and select “Hide Icon and Notifications.”
– Click OK at the bottom right of that small screen.
DO’S AND DON’TS
DO disable the default option for making recommended updates the same way you receive important updates through your Control Panel
DO block the Windows 10 upgrade by using your computer’s configuration.
DO make the pop-up window urging you to upgrade invisible by adjusting your Hidden Icons control screen.
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