Looking for a way to stop Windows 7 from upgrading to Windows 10? Actually, it’s possible and in this article, you will read step by step instructions on how to do that.
Windows 10 is the latest version of Windows released by Microsoft. It was released ten months ago and million of Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users upgraded to this newest version of Windows under free upgrade program from Microsoft.
Unfortunately, this upgrade program is going to end in couple of weeks, that means users who didn’t upgrade to Windows 10 still as the chance to take advantage of this free upgrade program until July 29, 2016
Millions of users had already upgrade to Windows 10, but there are users who still don’t want to upgrade to Windows 10, at leat for now. Even lots of users complaining that Microsoft is forcing them to upgrade to Windows 10 from the day it was first available for the public. While there are users who reporting that their PC is automatically upgraded to Windows 10 without their permission.
Block Windows 7 from upgrading to Windows 10
If you’re the one who love Windows 7 and really don’t want to upgrade to Windows 10? No problem, you can easily this mechanism. Actually, there is a good news for you, Finally, there is a way using which you can officially stop Windows 7 PC from automatically upgrading to Windows 10.
The company has released the update for Windows 7 which include a new policy that let you block upgrade to the latest version of Windows via Windows Update. In laymen’s language, once you install the latest update on your Windows 7 PC and enable that policy using Registry Editor or Group Policy Editor. Microsoft will not be able to force your current Windows operating system to Windows 10 without your permission.
Here is what you need to do:
Stop Windows 7 from downloading and upgrading to Windows 10
For that you just need to follow the instruction mentioned in the following lines:
1. Download the KB3050265 update using the following links:
2. After that run the file you downloaded to install the update. In case, the system asks you to restart your PC. Just do it to complete the installation.
3. Now open the Group Policy editor by typing Gpedit.msc in Start menu or taskbar search box and hit enter.
Note: Group Policy editor is not available in Windows 10 Home Basic, Home Premium, and Starter edition. So if you’re using any of these editions of Windows 10, then skip the upcoming steps and start following the steps mentioned in from step 6.
4. In Group Policy editor you need to head over to following policy:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update
5. Now on the right side and search the policy labeled as Turn off the upgrade to the latest version of Windows through Windows Update. You need to double click on it and Select Enable and after that click Apply button.
That’s it! You’re done
From now onwards Windows 7 will not forcefully upgrade to Windows 10 via Windows Update until you change this policy.
Start following the steps from here if you’re using Windows 10 Home Basic, Home Premium and Starter edition.
6. To change the group policy. You need to open the Registry editor. For that type Regedit in Windows 10 start search box and hit Enter.
7. Now navigate to the following registry in Registry editor:
8. Under Windows registry look if there is any key named as WindowsUpdate. If not, you need to create a new key and name it WindowsUpdate. For that you need to select Windows Registry and make a right click, select New -> Key.
9. After that, Select Windows key and on the right side, make a right-click in the blank space. From the options select Create a new DWORD value (32-bit) and name it DisableOSUpgrade.
10. Now double click on newly created DisableOSUpgrade and Set its value data to 1 in order to stop your system from automatically upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7.
Why don’t you give a try to this tutorial and let us know if you have any query? We hope you will this tutorial useful.