Windows 10 is here:
If like many of use you’re using a PC running Windows 7 or 8, you may be getting a little sick of endless popup screens telling you to upgrade to Windows 10. It is that constant nagging pop up that states that Windows 10 is here. Although you may be worried about inadvertently installing the upgrade and losing your valuable digital informnation or existing settings.
Microsoft have started pushing out a Windows 10 upgrade as a recommended, albiet virtually mandatory update very soon, as it stands at the moment it’s an optional installation. Some people are tempted to turn off Windows Update completely to avoid getting the new operating system – don’t. It’ll leave your computer vulnerable to attack as you’ll no longer get security patches.
It’s actually rather easy to turn off the Windows 10 upgrade option without losing any of the regular (manual or automatic) software updates. Microsoft even has an official document explaining how to do it.
According to the Register, A Redmond spokesperson today confirmed that support page is still valid – its instructions still work even though it was quietly published a few months ago. It involves digging into the Registry to disable the Windows 10 upgrade path, but it’s not impossible nor particularly scary for a Register reader.
Make sure you follow all the steps, but essentially you have to:
Open the Registry Editor (search for regedit in the Start Menu and run it).
Set DisableOSUpgrade to 1 in HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
Set ReservationsAllowed to 0 in HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade
If you are uncomfortable working with the registry editor it’s best to seek advice from a competent IT person.
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