How to block Windows 10 upgrade in Windows 8.1/7 using Group Policy or Registry

Microsoft will soon start pushing the Windows 10 app notifications to Businesses, urging them to upgrade to Windows. If your organization is not ready for it or if you do not want to upgrade to Windows 10 for some reason, you can disable the disable Get Windows 10 app notifications using Group Policy. We have already seen how to remove Windows 10 App icon using the Registry Editor, now let us see how to block automatic Windows 10 Upgrade using GPO or Registry.

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If your organization has deployed Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 7 Pro, you would be eligible for the free Windows 10 Upgrade. But if you are using Enterprise or Embedded editions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, you would not be eligible for the free upgrade.

If you have not installed update KB3035583 or if you are running any one of the following operating systems, you will not in any case be getting the upgrade:

Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows RT 8.1,  Windows RT, Windows Embedded 8.1 Pro, Windows Embedded 8 Standard, Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry, Windows Embedded 8 Industry, Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 for Embedded Systems, Windows Embedded Standard 7 and Windows Embedded POSReady 7.

As a system administrator, if you want to prevent Windows 7, Windows 7 for Embedded Systems, Windows 8.1, and Windows Embedded 8.1 Pro clients from upgrading, you can enable a Group Policy setting.

Block Windows 10 Upgrade

Using Group Policy Setting

First you will have to add a new Group Policy object. To do this, you will have to install a newly released Windows Update that allows you to block upgrades to Windows 10 through Windows Update. These updates install a new Group Policy Object. Computers that have this Group Policy Object enabled will never detect, download, or install an upgrade to the latest version of Windows.

  • Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 users should download and install KB3065987.
  • Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 users should first download and install KB3065988.

Restart your system and navigate to the following setting:

Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Update Policy

Here you will see a setting Turn off the upgrade to the latest version of Windows through Windows Update.

Click on Enable to enable the setting.

This will block the Windows 10 upgrade.

Using Registry Editor

To block the Windows 10 upgrade via Windows Registry, navigate to the following key:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

Here create a new DWORD value DisableOSUpgrade and give it a value of 1.

Hide Get Windows 10 app

To hide the Get Windows 10 app in the notification area, Run regedit and navigate to the following subkey:

HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Gwx

Here create a new DWORD value DisableGwx and give it a value of 1.

Restart your computer.

These free tools can also help you block Windows 10 Upgrade easily.

KB3080351 talks of some additional scenarios. You may want to take a look at it too.

See how you can Stop Windows 10 from upgrading your computer automatically.

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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.

2 Comments

  1. jelson

    Unfortunately, the article KB308051 is little more than a PR move on Microsoft’s part. There’s a big problem with relying on the “DisableGwx” and “DisableOSUpgrade” registry keys.

    It would be better advice to readers who want true control over the Win10 Upgrade process to suggest they look at GWX Control Panel. (link: http://blog.ultimateoutsider.com/2015/08/using-gwx-stopper-to-permanently-remove.html )

    In an article published earlier this week, Info World’s Woody Leonard revealed what happens behind the scenes once the “Get Windows 10” app is installed by KB3035583. (link: http://www.infoworld.com/article/3020748/microsoft-windows/how-get-windows-10-sets-its-hooks-into-windows-7-and-81.html )

  2. ErnieK

    MS rates this update ‘5987 as IMPORTANT. Also in the description there is no mention of the patch stopping win 10. It only says that it is contains some improvements to Windows Update Client for windows update.To my mind a highly suspicious statement and could mean that it will change Win update to suit their needs and wants.

    As MS is determined to push everyone onto win 10 I cannot see or understand why they would release a patch that enables you to stop them.[Personally] I do not trust them when it comes to win 10 as it is important in MS’s opinion that everyone installs [forced if necessary] win 10.

    Why would they then release a patch that stops them in their tracks. If this patch is installed what
    changes will MS make to it in the near future?

    I am not against win 10. I do have it installed on PC’s but do not want it for two of my Win 7 PC’s.
    Nor do a couple of the old folks whose PC’s I look after (the oldest one is 97) and are perfectly happy with Win 7. They do not want to have to learn a new OS,

    ErnieK

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