How to Banish the Nagging Windows 10 Update Forever

Ben Stegner 06-04-2016

There are lots of 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 maybe you aren’t having any of it. While the upgrade is free and brings all sorts of new features (especially fixing many of Windows 8’s maladies), you might like your current operating system (OS) just fine or be concerned over the pervasive tracking in Windows 10 Windows 10 Is Watching: Should You Be Worried? Since its release, Windows 10 has been dogged by rumors concerning user privacy. Some of these are accurate, whereas others are myths. But where does Windows 10 stand on privacy, really? Read More .


The application Never10 is here to save the day. This simple tool has a button that switches off all of Microsoft’s attempts to make you upgrade to Windows 10. You can enable or disable the upgrade with a single click, so this isn’t a nuclear irreversible solution.

If you install Never10 and decide you want to upgrade in a month, simply turn it off and run the update.

Because Microsoft is trying to push Windows 10 through Windows update, Never10 will run a check to make sure that your Windows Updates are current. If not, the app will install these updates for you and block Windows 10 in the process.

You could always block all the Windows 10 annoyances manually, but this tool lets you reject them all with one click and in one location. If you never want to upgrade, install it and forget about it. Just remember that the free upgrade offer ends in July, so don’t wait too long if you do want to upgrade.

Is this info too late because Microsoft already tricked you into installing Windows 10? Read our guide on how to make the best of accidentally updating to Windows 10 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 .


Have you updated to Windows 10? If not, let us know why you’re holding out in the comments!

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  1. Agro
    April 6, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    I have a Win7 machine that I'm using as a DVR. Win10 doesn't have Media Center in it, so it makes my DVR useless for it's sole function. Staying on Win7 forever on that machine.

  2. Anonymous
    April 6, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I Am Not Downgrading To LINUX Or Whatever, Without Using My Employer New OS As A Guinea Pig For Many Many Many Months.

    I Am Not Going To Waste My Own Private Time On A Steep Learning Curve Again, Period.

    I Am Not A Gamer, And Using A Few Simple Tweaks, I Am Getting Everything I Want From My Personal Dual Core PC.


    • Ben Stegner
      April 6, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      I wouldn't call Linux a downgrade, just a matter of personal preference. Also, Windows 10 has been out for almost a year, so I would say the guinea pig phase is pretty much over.

      Window 10 isn't really hard to learn. I just touched it for the first time a few weeks ago and was up to speed after less than an hour. The only annoyance I have with it is that options are split between the Settings app and the Control Panel, which is frustrating.

      You're still getting along on Windows XP?

      • Anonymous
        April 7, 2016 at 4:49 am

        Thank You For Responding.

        I Have Lots Of Tweak Experience, Drivers, Software And Hardware For XP, So, Yes, Whatever Different OS I Would Jump To, It Would Be A Huge Downgrade.

        Until Now, My Boss Has Not Installed Another OS ( If Ever ), So My Guinea Pig Phase Has Not Started Yet.

        Using Some Fine Tuning With My AV, I Learned How To Avoid The Weaknesses IE8 Poses.

        But Recently, Using CHROME And A Lot Of Extensions, That Mimic The Better IE8 Features, I Do Not Need To Use IE8 Anymore - Most MalWare Problems Solved.


        • Anonymous
          April 7, 2016 at 7:57 pm

          Chrome Will Not Block Internet Worms And...ugh, why am I doing this?

          Chrome will not block internet Worms and viruses that download behind your back from websites infected to spread malware without the admin's knowledge, such as many unpatched WordPress sites.

          Up-to-date, well-reviewed antivirus software, a more modern OS (Windows 7/8.x/10, for example, all of which are still receiving updates), and a bit of common sense on top are all essential.

          Still running XP? Now I know who's spreading all the spam. KILL XP!

        • Anonymous
          April 8, 2016 at 4:11 am

          Unlike You, Who Only Know How To Repeat Hearsay, I Am Using XP Without Any Newer M$ Updates ( Only M$ Ones ) Since The SUMMER Of 2009.

          Dismissive People, Who Only Know How To Parrot Repeat Whatever They Read On The Internet, Make Me Sick.


        • Anonymous
          April 8, 2016 at 10:06 pm

          Unlike You, Who Only Know How To Repeat Hearsay, I Am Using XP Without Any Newer M$ Updates ( Only M$ Ones ) Since The SUMMER Of 2009.

          Dismissive People, Who Only Know How To Parrot Repeat Whatever They Read On The Internet, Make Me Sick.