How to avoid upgrading to Windows 10

Microsoft has decided to push Windows 10 as a Recommended Update now, to the users of Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. While the upgrade to Windows 10 has been a smooth affair for many, there are several, who have faced Windows 10 problems and upgrade & installation issues, when upgrading to Windows 10. And then again, there are many who do not wish to upgrade to Windows 10. If you are one of those who want to avoid upgrading to Windows 10, then this post will show you how to do it.

Avoid upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1

avoid upgrading to Windows 10

If you are a Windows 8.1 user, open PC Settings > Update & Recovery > Windows Update > Choose how updates get installed.

Uncheck the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates check box.

Click Apply and exit.

Additionally, if you wish you may change the drop-down under Important updates to Check for but let me choose whether to download and install them. If you do this, you will be able to review the updates which are being offered and uncheck the one you do not want to install.

Avoid upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7

Avoid upgrade to Windows 10

If you are a Windows 7 user, open Control Panel > Windows Update > Change settings.

Now under Choose how Windows can install updates, uncheck the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates check box.

Click OK and exit.

Again, additionally, if you wish you may change the drop-down under Important updates to Check for but let me choose whether to download and install them. If you do this, you will be able to review the updates which are being offered and uncheck the one you do not want to install.

Initially, the Recommended updates check box was checked by default. Some had also reported that the checked box was grayed out and did not allow them to uncheck it. But once this was reported, Microsoft said that it was a bug and fix this issue. Nevertheless, even if you had unchecked this check-box earlier, you may want to see if it is still unchecked.

Do however remember that the Windows 10 upgrade will be offered free only till July 29, 2016. After that you will have to pay, if you decide to upgrade.

Let us know if you have upgraded to Windows 10, what your experience has been or if you plan to upgrade, or if you just do not want to upgrade to Windows 10 – and why.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.