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In the coming weeks, Microsoft will push more than ever for you to upgrade to Windows 10 6 Microsoft Tactics to Make You Upgrade to Windows 10 6 Microsoft Tactics to Make You Upgrade to Windows 10 Microsoft is keen to get you onto Windows 10 and they are pushing hard. We have summarized the tactics they are using to get you to upgrade to Windows 10 as quickly as possible. Read More because from July 29 on the upgrade will cost $119 Act NOW to Keep Your Windows 10 Upgrade Free After July 29 Act NOW to Keep Your Windows 10 Upgrade Free After July 29 Microsoft has confirmed that the free Windows 10 upgrade will expire. After July 29, a Windows 10 license will cost $119. We show you how to become eligible to install Windows 10 for free, even... Read More . For Microsoft, it’s more valuable if you upgrade now — for free — because Windows 10 creates long-term revenue and it’s easier to support.

And we all know you won’t pay to upgrade your old Windows 7 or 8 machine.

Microsoft speculates that once you do wake up to Windows 10, chances are you won’t go back. Maybe you’ll enjoy Windows 10 Are You a Windows 10 Upgrade Refugee? Do This First! Are You a Windows 10 Upgrade Refugee? Do This First! Did Microsoft just upgrade your computer to Windows 10? Since February, Windows 10 is being pushed as a Recommended update on Windows 7 and 8.1 computers. This is what you can do after you've been... Read More or you won’t know how to downgrade. But what if you do want to continue running Windows 7 or 8?

How to Avoid the Windows 10 Upgrade

Microsoft has been trying several different tactics to get you to upgrade. First, they launched the Get Windows 10 app, which featured ever new pop-up windows, alerts, and messages designed to make you upgrade.

Most recently, they made Windows 10 a recommended upgrade. We covered this development in our post on How to NOT Upgrade to Windows 10 Microsoft Strikes Again - How to NOT Upgrade to Windows 10 Microsoft Strikes Again - How to NOT Upgrade to Windows 10 Windows 10 is now a recommended update on Windows 7 and 8.1 computers. If you're not yet ready to upgrade, it's time to double-check your Windows Update settings. We show you how. Read More .

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The takeaway from all that we’ve covered on the aggressive Windows 10 upgrade How to Block the Aggressive Windows 10 Upgrade on Windows 7 and 8.1 How to Block the Aggressive Windows 10 Upgrade on Windows 7 and 8.1 Microsoft ramps up its efforts to make users upgrade to Windows 10. Come 2016, many people will wake up to a new operating system, despite never having consented to the upgrade. Don't be one of... Read More so far is:

  1. When the Get Windows 10 app pops up and announced your upgrade was scheduled, find the link Click here to change upgrade schedule or cancel scheduled upgrade and cancel it. Note that closing the window using the X button How to Say "No" to Windows 10 on Your PC How to Say "No" to Windows 10 on Your PC Tired of postponing the Windows 10 update? Microsoft has made it easier for you to say No! Read More  will no longer cancel the upgrade!
  2. Manually remove updates and apply registry keys to remove or block the Get Windows 10 app How to Shut Up Windows 10 Notifications Once and for All How to Shut Up Windows 10 Notifications Once and for All Sick of being told about Windows 10? Here's how to stop the annoying notification on Windows 7 or 8.1. Read More .
  3. If Windows Update wants to get the upgrade started, simply Decline the EULA.
  4. Disable recommended updates in Windows Update.
  5. Clean up the already downloaded installation files to recover disk space.

You can try to keep on top of Microsoft’s latest moves and manually counteract them or you can let a third-party application take care of it. We recommend these two:

  • GWX Control Panel was one of the first tools to remove the Get Windows 10 notification and it also keeps Windows Update in check.
  • Never10 can apply reversible system configurations to disable the Windows 10 upgrade and it helps you clean up left over Windows 10 installation files.

How to Undo a Windows 10 Upgrade

You literally woke up to Windows 10 installed How You Could Have Upgraded to Windows 10 by Accident & What to Do How You Could Have Upgraded to Windows 10 by Accident & What to Do Windows 10 was accidentally auto-installed on Windows 7 and 8.1 machines without user consent. Microsoft apologized for the mistake. We analyze the events and show you once more how to NOT get Windows 10. Read More on your computer! Or maybe the setup is still in progress. Do nothing until it’s done!

You have three options:

  1. Re-install your previous Windows version.
  2. Install a system backup you made.
  3. Roll back or downgrade within the next 30 days.

We have covered all downgrade methods in depth in our article on How to Downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1 How to Downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1 How to Downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1 Windows 10 is here and maybe it's not what you expected. If you already upgraded, you can perform a rollback. And if you haven't yet, create a system backup first. We show you how. Read More .

Here’s a brief summary of the third option: Press Windows key + I to launch the Settings app, head to Update & Security > Recovery, and under Go back to Windows 7 / 8.1 click Get started.

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This method only works if your previous installation was backed up into a Windows.old folder, as it should have. Also note that the rollback option expires after 30 days or when you update Windows 10 to a new version.

Now that you know how to undo or — better yet — prevent an involuntary Windows 10 upgrade, you can sleep tight again.

Do you have any other Windows troubles that keep you awake at night? Or dreams of a better Windows? Share them in the comments and maybe we can help!

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