Although Microsoft is saying that they are not forcing anyone to upgrade to Windows 10. there are reports that Windows 7 is indeed being forcefully upgraded to Windows 10 or that Microsoft is offering only two choices to Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users now, and that is to upgrade to Windows now or tonight. While Windows 10 is a good free upgrade, there are some who may want to stop Windows 10 from upgrading their computers automatically. If you are one of those, then this post offers some ways to block the upgrade.
UPDATE: You can now decline the free Windows 10 Upgrade offer from the Get Windows 10 prompt itself.
Stop Windows 10 from upgrading your computer
While many suggest that you Turn Off Windows Update, it is not a solution as it will also deny your system from getting security and other important Windows Updates. Depending on which stage you are in right now, here are a few suggestions we have to offer:
1] If you are a system administrators who wants to prevent Windows 7, Windows 7 for Embedded Systems, Windows 8.1 and Windows Embedded 8.1 Pro clients from downloading Windows 10 and upgrading to it, you can use the Group Policy or Registry to stop automatic downloading of Windows 10 to your computer.
2] You can also block automatic Windows 10 Upgrade using GPO or Registry on your Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 PCs.
3] Set your network connection to Metered. This can also stop Windows 10 from automatically downloading the Updates. You can use the CMD method mentioned in the linked post. In Windows 8.1, you can turn it on from PC Settings > Devices pane
4] You can make Windows notify you before downloading Updates. When you see the Upgrade being offered, refuse it. The link shows the Group Policy & Registry methods, which you can apply on Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 too.
5] GWX Control Panel for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7, will let you disable automatic Windows 10 upgrade. It is a simple, safe and free program which not only lets you disable ‘Get Windows 10 app, but also gives you full control over Upgrade to Windows 10 notification, automatic download of Windows 10 installation files and detect and remove the files if any, and more! Basically, its job is to protect you from Windows 10 upgrade and alerts.
6] Has Windows 10 started upgrading your computer automatically? If the Windows 10 upgrade has already commenced, Windows 10 will first offer you two options Schedule it for later or Start the upgrade now or whether to upgrade to Windows now or tonight.
Subsequently it will want you to accept the EULA. Click on Decline and the upgrade process will stop right away.
Incidentally, these free tools will help you block Windows 10 Upgrade easily.
Has your computer been automatically upgraded to Windows 10?
If your computer has already been upgraded to Windows 10, you have the option to rollback Windows 10 to your previous version of Windows.