Windows 10 is here since July, but some users still don’t want to upgrade their systems to it, as they prefer to stick with the current (older) version of Windows they have. But it seems that Microsoft wants you really bad to upgrade to Windows 10, so it almost forces you to do so.
We already talked about the way to prevent Windows 10 upgrade, and remove Get Windows 10 button, but it required installing a third-party software called GWX Control Panel. And users who weren’t satisfied by the fact that Microsoft is forcing them to upgrade to Windows 10 constantly complained about this Microsoft decision, so some of the company’s decided to ‘help’ them.
Microsoft engineers recently provided a tweak which will remove Get Windows 10 app and prevent all upgrade notifications on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. But you should keep in mind that this is not Microsoft’s official guide, as the company probably still wants you to switch to Windows 10, but it looks like some of its employees think different (hope they’ll keep their jobs).
How to Prevent Windows 10 Upgrade on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Computers
As one of Microsoft employees points out on Community forums, to prevent Windows 10 upgrade, you have to perform one registry tweak. Here’s exactly what you need to do:
- Go to Search, type regedit, and open Registry Editor
- Navigate to the following path:
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Gwx
- Create a new REG_DWORD called “DisableGwx,” and set its value to 1
- Reboot your computer
These instructions were suggested by users before, but Microsoft never used them to show people how to block Windows 10 upgrade prompts, for very obvious reason that you probably already know. Microsoft wants as many users of Windows 10 as possible.
But even if this action is effective, this can be only temporary, because some people are reporting that Microsoft reset their stings, and re-enabled Get Windows 10 button, with updates.
If you don’t want to bother with registry tweaks and creating DWORDs, you can simply download GWX Control Panel, because it basically does the same thing. But we can’t tell you how long it will work, because it looks like preventing Windows 10 upgrade becomes harder and harder with new system updates.