27/05/16

How to stop your PC automatically upgrading to Windows 10

What’s the deal
with Windows 10 upgrades?

By
now many of you will have become familiar with the Windows 10 upgrade window, appearing
when logging in to your PC. Up until now it has been possible to dismiss the
upgrade by closing the box and carrying on as usual.

However,
in the last few weeks Microsoft have altered the Windows 10 prompt in a way
which means you are now accepting the upgrade to Windows 10 even when pressing
the upper right red cross, an action which typically cancels and closes an windows.

This
has meant that users closing the prompt, have been turning their PC on to find
Windows 10 being installed!

While
Windows 10 is becoming increasingly more stable as an operating system, and
compatibility issues with hardware and software applications are becoming less
common. Older and lower specification Windows 7 PC’s and laptops can still struggle
to run the system efficiently.

How to stop my PC
from upgrading to Windows 10?

Option
One: User Intervention

Windows
have taken a more forced approach to upgrading you to Windows 10; you are now
required to manually take action to stop it from upgrading

The
first prompt you will be aware of will be:

Windows_10_Upgrade_Window_v1

 Even
by clicking the red cross on this window and closing the prompt, you are
accepting the upgrade which will then be carried out at the specified
date/time.

You
will then be prompted again by the pop-up below:

Widows_Upgrade_Window

 

Again,
closing this prompt WILL NOT CANCEL
or delay the upgrade, and you will not be prompted again! Following the latest
windows update, if you wish to cancel the upgrade it is important that you
select “Click here to change upgrade
schedule or cancel scheduled upgrade”
on the first prompt, or “Click here to reschedule or cancel” on the second prompt. Again, if this
is not done then your PC WILL be
upgraded to Windows 10.

Be
vigilant of the Windows 10 pop-ups and should either of the above appear then
be sure to take action rather than closing the window.

 

Option
Two: Never10 Utility

A
second and reliable way to stop Windows 10 from automatically installing is a
third party utility called Never10. This small utility doesn’t download any
software to the device and simply makes the required back-system changes needed
to remove/hide the Windows 10 upgrade.

To
run this utility simply visit https://www.grc.com/never10.htm, download the utility, and select “Disable Win10 Upgrade” when the Never10
box opens. The text within the box will change green and read “Windows 10 OS
Upgrade is DISABLED on this System”.

This
utility removes the chance of human error and offers peace of mind that your
operating system won’t be forced to upgrade.

Never_10

 

Should I upgrade?

The
free upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8.1 will cease 29.07.2016, from this
date onwards the forced upgrades will stop and payment will need to be made
(price not yet confirmed) to upgrade to Windows 10. Support for Windows 7 does
not end until 2020, and for Windows 8/8.1, 2023; so these operating systems
still have a few years left before they become end of life.

If
considering whether to upgrade, the key word is COMPATIBILITY.

Firstly.
it is important to ensure your device is compatible with Windows 10; older
Windows 7 devices which already perform slowly or are limited on disk space
will struggle to run or even install Windows 10.

Secondly
it is equally as important to ensure any installed software, applications,
databases or hardware are compatible with Windows 10; this is even more
important for bespoke. designed software. If unsure then contact the software
developers or hardware suppliers.

My PC has been
upgraded, can I go back?

If
your PC has already upgraded to Windows 10 and you’re not happy with it, or
find compatibility issues, then you have a 1 month grace period to revert back
to Windows 7 or 8. This can be done by going to Settings > Update & security > Recovery and selecting either Go back to Windows 7 or Go back to Windows 8.1. If your
grace period has expired then please contact us and we can go through
your options.

Any
questions about Window 10?

Feel free to contact us on 01743 290588 or email
Katy@networksupportsolutions.co.uk.