Microsoft has made it incredibly easy to opt into the upgrade to Windows 10, but it’s equally a breeze to cancel out of it if you’ve changed your mind. All you have to do is use the app you used to upgrade with – we’ll show you how.
While Windows 10 offers great new features like Cortana, a modern design, connected Xbox gaming, and more, there’s no need to rush into upgrading when most current Windows owners will be able to get it free within the year.
If you had reserved your copy of Windows 10 and have now changed your mind, please pop into the comments section after the article to let us know why.
Get Windows 10 App
If you haven’t used it already, you’ve probably noticed the Windows icon on your Taskbar encouraging you to upgrade to Windows 10. If you can’t see it, read our guide on how to enable the upgrade notification.
Click the Windows logo and you’ll be invited to reserve your copy of Windows 10 for when it releases on July 29th through the Get Windows 10 app. The new operating system is free for many existing Windows users and Microsoft is keen to get as many people upgrading as they can.
By reserving Windows 10, installation files will be downloaded to your system at some point prior to the official release. Rather than have everyone slam Microsoft’s servers on launch day, it’s better for them to dish the files out in batches. Come July 29th, those who have reserved their upgrade will be able to move to Windows 10.
You may have already opted in for the upgrade and now want to cancel. There are varying reasons why one might want to remove themselves from the reservation list. Firstly, the installation files take up 3GB of hard drive space (not the actual operating system itself, which will be 16GB and 20GB for 32-bit and 64-bit respectively), and that space might need reclaiming.
Secondly, it could be that you reserved prematurely and now you’ve decided that Windows 10 just isn’t for you. For my money there are many reasons to upgrade to Windows 10, but perhaps some recent feature announcements have turned you off. The idea of all updates being forced has been a controversial one, for example.
Thirdly, it’s always difficult to judge how an operating system is going to perform when released to the masses. Although Windows 10 has been through a public preview program, allowing Microsoft to whittle away any bugs that get reported, that’s nothing compared to the problems that could be encountered by the wider consumer base. Holding off on the upgrade will mean that Microsoft can resolve any teething problems, allowing you to jump in down the line.
Finally, perhaps you or someone you know just simply accidentally upgraded without appreciating what it was. Especially for those who aren’t so technology proficient, the changes coming in Windows 10 might be too bothersome for them to get to grips with and it could be easier to keep using the same operating system.
How to Cancel
Whatever the reason for canceling the upgrade reservation, it’s incredibly easy to do. First, click the Get Windows 10 app icon in your taskbar, which will then launch in a new window. Now, click the hamburger icon (the three horizontal lines) and select View confirmation from the menu. Then click Cancel reservation, at which point you’ll be asked if you’re sure. Since you are, go ahead and select Cancel reservation again.
And that’s it! Told you it was easy. The upgrade is now cancelled and you won’t be prompted to move over to Windows 10 come launch day. However, if you have a change of heart then don’t worry. Just follow the original steps you took to opt int for the upgrade, using the app, and you’ll be back on board for Windows 10.
On the other hand, if you want the upgrade icon to go away entirely and wipe your hands clean of all things Windows 10, be sure to check out our guide on how to remove the notification.
Windows 10, Be Gone
Windows 10 is apparently going to be the final version of Windows, so it’s conceivable that the majority of systems in the future will be running it. And even if you decide to opt out of the free upgrade for the first year, it’ll still be available at retail for a cost.
If you’re in no rush to get Windows 10, you probably may as well cancel the upgrade. Let the operating system find its feet with the mass market and work out any kinks before diving in later on. The upgrade app will stick around, since Microsoft is keen to move everyone over.
Did you opt into the upgrade and change your mind? What reasons do you have for not wanting Windows 10?
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