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There are plenty of reasons to upgrade to Windows 10 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 Windows 10 is coming on July 29. Is it worth upgrading for free? If you are looking forward to Cortana, state of the art gaming, or better support for hybrid devices - yes, definitely! And... Read More , but perhaps you’re still holding off. If so, you’ve no doubt been pestered by an annoying pop-up asking you to install Windows 10 every time you boot your system.

To remove these notifications for good and use your Windows 7 or 8.1 machine in peace, you can edit a Registry value. Note that editing the Registry can cause problems if you change the wrong value, so be sure to follow these instructions carefully.

First, search for regedit in your Start menu to open the editor. From there, use the left sidebar to browse to


and set DisableOSUpgrade to 1. Then, head to


and change ReservationsAllowed to 0.

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The free update offer for Windows 10 only lasts until July 2016, so if you decide you want to upgrade after then you’ll have to pay for the OS update. Windows 10 does have some annoyances 7 Things That Really Annoy Us About Windows 10 7 Things That Really Annoy Us About Windows 10 It's not a secret that Windows 10 isn't perfect. Cortana borders on being intrusive, mandatory updates can cause issues, and much appears half-baked. We present our top 7 of most glaring Windows 10 annoyances. Read More , though, so you still have time to weigh your decision.

Microsoft may start offering Windows 10 through Windows Update, so it will be easier than ever to install by accident. Don’t shut off Windows Update to avoid this, though, because your computer will miss important security updates Fix Windows Update & Make It Less Annoying Without Compromising Security Fix Windows Update & Make It Less Annoying Without Compromising Security Windows Update can be a nuisance. Here is how you can protect yourself from its annoyances without compromising security. Read More and be more vulnerable. The above method is safer.

If you’re using the Enterprise edition of Windows at a school or business, you won’t be offered the upgrade anyway, so don’t worry about using this trick.

Did you shut off this pop-up? Why are you waiting to upgrade to Windows 10? Let us know what you’re thinking below!

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  1. Charles
    January 24, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I have been trying to compile a list of Windows 10 "Update" patches as well as the data collection patches they are pushing on Windows 7/8 users. This is my list so far and is probably not complete. When Win7 finally goes "end of support", I will be converting all my computers and those of my family to Linux.


    • Bob
      June 23, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Let's be real, this is total bullshit and you know it.

      You remember how hard it was teaching your family to use Windows? Yeah, teaching them to use a keyboard for anything other than typing is going to be impossible. You can forget terminals.

  2. Quman10
    January 20, 2016 at 12:40 am

    You can also use this method
    Rename the GWXUXWorker.exe

    Terminate the GWX.exe process using Task Manager. Moreover rename the GWXUXWorker.exe and GWX.exe to .old as suffix from directory location:-

    Windows\System32\GWX, if getting any issues while renaming then give the system permission's to respective files and then try to rename it again. OR you can delete the entire directory folder.

  3. Buckazui
    January 19, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    For me there are two main reasons I don't want to upgrade to 10. 1.I like windows 7 and know what I am working with and there are too many unknowns with 10. They are literally giving it away... Microsoft is good at making money they don't give something away unless it's gonna make them money. 2. As someone who regularly upgrades his PC I don't like that significant hardware changes will void your windows 10 license. In my book that's a great reason to not take the upgrade.

  4. Ian Ross
    January 19, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    There is a program called GWX Control Panel - this little program allows you to get rid of ALL the windows 10 upgrade files and folder - also stops the updates coming down.
    Have been using it for last two weeks with absolutely no problem. People who start playing around with registry and don't know what they are doing, risk totalling their computers.

  5. Joe
    January 19, 2016 at 5:40 am

    I have a Windows 7 PC and intend to keep for as long as possible. Whenever I get update notifications I always go to the Microsoft site and check them out one by one, I've found that very often many are completely irrelevant to my machine. I have also found that the Windows 10 notification is KB3035583 All I simply did to stop any further harassment was "hide update" and have not been pestered again since July 2015.

  6. Anthony
    January 19, 2016 at 5:09 am

    I uninstalled that famous update that causes the upgrade notification, KB3035583, then I rebooted, ran Win Update, told it to search for updates, went and had a cup of coffee, came back, that same update KB3035583 was now available again, then I right-clicked it, chose to hide this update, and then never had problems again. Until MS re-classified it from an important update to an optional one, and I had to do this whole process once again. But I never again had any issues, never had to do any registry edits, nothing. I never intend to upgrade to Win 10. Heck, I only adopted Win 8.1 about 6 months ago. Win 7 works great for everything, despite MS's claim that it doesnt.

  7. Willlburr
    January 19, 2016 at 2:20 am

    I could not find this line in the windows 7 Ultimate registry ( HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate )

    I did find the other line and changed it ( HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade )

    Rebooted and no change the icon still shows!

    • Mike
      January 19, 2016 at 8:20 am

      I have experience the same!

  8. Mike
    January 19, 2016 at 12:54 am

    I am disturbed at how hard Windows is trying to push Win 10,and what I've read about it's privacy issues doesn't make me feel any better.They will have to pry my Win7 Home Premium from my cold,dead fingers!

  9. Rick D
    January 19, 2016 at 12:35 am

    I tried Windows 10. I liked it except that it would frequently grind to a halt and I'd have to wait a minute or so before i could do anything. The Performance tab in Task Manager showed the hard drive working constantly at 100% and the WiFi frequently maxed out, but I don't know why. I tried turning off Cortana and some other settings, but it didn't help. I was unable to figure out what the problem was, so I decided to go back to Windows 7. When I started that process, it suggested contacting Microsoft support for help with Windows 10, so I tried that. The technician first told me my computer was not compatible with Windows 10, which I knew was not true and he eventually reached the same conclusion. Then he told me the problem was that I had too many apps installed. That didn't sound right because I don't think I have an unusual number of apps, So I went back to Windows 7. I'd be happy to try Windows 10 again if someone can tell me how to make it work well.

  10. m-p{3}
    January 18, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    I don't mind using Windows 10, but I can understand some to not like it or not switch to it.

    You might be torn between upgrading for free, or do it later at a cost. What you could do it still upgrade to Windows 10, and once you're done you can downgrade it to the previous OS. What it will do though, is activate Windows 10 on that particular PC for free right now, and if you decide to do an upgrade or reinstall later, the activation process with reauthenticate the license since you actually did the upgrade during that free period.

    That way if you still decide to upgrade later on, you won't have to regret skipping the free upgrade.

  11. Wally Mountz
    January 18, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Two of my friends installed Windows 10, then had to hire a computer tech to actually get it to work. That's hardly free.

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