How to Cancel the Windows 10 Upgrade If You Changed Your Mind

Joe Keeley 10-07-2015

Microsoft has made it incredibly easy to opt into the upgrade to Windows 10 Get Windows 10: It's Not a Virus! The Get Windows 10 icon in your system tray is not a virus. It's Microsoft's official upgrade note prior to the official release of Windows 10 on July 29th, 2015. Read More , 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 Here's How Gaming Will Work With Windows 10 With Windows 10, Microsoft is bringing PC gaming and the Xbox One together in a big way. Find out what to expect once Windows 10 arrives. Read More , and more, there’s no need to rush into upgrading when most current Windows owners will be able to get it free When Does Windows 10 Come Out, How Can You Get It & What Happens to the Technical Preview? Windows 10 is coming soon. Still confused about how the upgrade will work and wondering about the timeline? We have some answers, although more questions remain. Read More 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 Can't See the Windows 10 Upgrade Notification? Here's How to Enable It. Are you also not seeing the Get Windows app on your Windows 7 or 8.1 devices? Let us show you how to enable the upgrade notification or cancel the upgrade in case you changed your... Read More .

Click the Windows logo and you’ll be invited to reserve your copy of Windows 10 Is Your Computer Compatible with Windows 10 & Can You Upgrade? Windows 10 is coming, possibly as soon as July. Are you eager to upgrade and will your system be eligible? In short, if your computer runs Windows 8, it should also run Windows 10. But... Read More 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.

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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.

Why Cancel?

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 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 some recent feature announcements have turned you off. The idea of all updates being forced Pros & Cons of Forced Updates in Windows 10 Updates will change in Windows 10. Right now you can pick and choose. Windows 10, however, will force updates onto you. It has advantages, like improved security, but it can also go wrong. What's more... Read More 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.

Cancel Windows 10 Reservation


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 How to Get Rid of Windows 10 Upgrade Notification in Windows 7 & 8 Windows 10 is coming and Microsoft wants everyone to upgrade. The Windows 7 & 8 popup reminder ensures that even the last person will be aware of this option. Here's how you can remove it. Read More .

Windows 10, Be Gone

Windows 10 is apparently going to be the final version of Windows The Latest Windows 10 Version Won't Be the Last One What is the latest Windows 10 version? How long is it supported? And why did Microsoft switch to a service model? Answers within! Read More , 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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  1. cl
    July 18, 2016 at 8:08 am

    as far as the reasons why not to "upgrade" to 10, the author left out the compatiblity issues, the security and privacy issues, the stability issues, the use of hardware resources, and all the useless annoying nonsense billed as "improvements" that doesn't benefit users. the new flash player and a few other things would be useful if they could just be added to current systems, but the few useful items of course if made available to current systems would mean nobody upgrades to the privacy nightmare that is windows 10, with default settings that shares every bit of info on your system without your permission. guess why windows 10 is "free". it's a giant trojan. even worse, if you make the mistake of "upgrading" and then return to your old system as microsoft promises you can do, your system tools like disk defrag, disk cleanup, task scheduler, are wrecked, which interrupts associated programs. the windows 10 prompt remains on windows update main page, with the useful tabs for updating your current system off to the side. if you accidentally click 10 and try to cancel, windows update hangs and sucks up 100% of your cpu forever. even if you close windows update with task manager, resource monitor still shows 100% cpu use. restart and it's still going. 3 days later still going. use resource manager to turn it off, and action center begs you forever to turn windows update back on. i bought a macbook pro, my first apple since the early 90's. i'm looking into linux and other systems to avoid microsoft forever after this.

  2. Jean
    July 2, 2016 at 9:27 am

    I could not believe that after working for hours in excel and taking a coffee break I saw from a distance my screens flicker on and of and then the screen to say Windows 10 was being downloaded. Being just a user and not a computer expert I just didn't know what to do. All I could think is I haven't backed up what was on my lap top which I use in conjunction with my PC both using Windows 7 systems so interchangeable with my existing programs. I went into panic mode as I know things like camera, printer. Scanners and programs I use regularly, are all compatable with Windows 7. So at present no intentions of changing to Windows 10. So horror horror. After hours of deliberation I decided to click decline the licence. Thankfully by doing this my lap top has gone back to restore and it's all come back as if it never happened. What a waste of valuable time and hours of worry that I was going to have to upgrade my PC as well then have to go to the expense of purchasing new pariferals when they are all in good working order but probably not compatible with Windows 10. Like others I think it's very bad of Microsoft to actually take over your computer just because I have it set on automatic updates. Which I thought was the right way to have it set to protect my PC/lap top and to get my Windows 7 updates. Well that's my moan over....

  3. Alan Parks
    May 28, 2016 at 12:02 am

    How dare Microsoft take over my computer without my permission while I'm using it and install something I don't want as I'm afraid that specialized software that I use won't run on windows 10. I was in the middle of doing something important and suddenly it starts installing 10. At least ask me!

    Alan Parks

  4. girlfriendmd
    May 23, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    it automatically started the "upgrade" on office computer without an okay or permissions. Which made our primary machine useless for the better part of a day. That's right the computer that we use to check in patients, make appointments, print care plans, pretty much everything, got taken over by the update without permissions at 8am on a Monday morning.

  5. ANNE W
    May 22, 2016 at 2:34 pm


  6. cinrow
    May 14, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    I'd rather wait until more bugs are fixed.

  7. Robo
    May 9, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    I use my computer for work. Do not need my software to fail. I have an older laptop I use for surfing. This forced upgrade should be illegal. I do not have time to deal with this inconvenience.

  8. Karen Greene
    May 4, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Don't want it

  9. Laura Richter
    April 24, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    I did the upgrade previously. It was unstable and the computer started crashing several times per day.

    Finally, it crashed so hard, I had to go back to factory settings. I lost a lot of work in the process.

    Now it says it will update tonight and I can't find a way to cancel.

    I'm angry and frustrated.

    Go love your Windows 10. It's already been a horrendous experience once. Not looking forward to having to suffer through it a second time.

  10. Windows 10 sucks
    April 16, 2016 at 1:34 am

    I went to the toilet in the middle of bookwork with a deadline and when I came back this Windows 10 was installing itself!!! wtf? I lost over a half that day and then my accounting software (Reckon) opened, but was full of new and dangerous glitches.
    My Paper Tiger filing software wouldn't even open and indicated a serious error that had broken it.
    How dare Microsoft force this time-wasting crap onto me. I am already time starved and just want to concentrate on my work vs spending hours researching how to fix all these unwanted and unnecessary problems imposed on me by Microsoft.
    And now that I have finally researched how to revert back to Windows 7, I find I am now nearly lunchtime on my Saturday off still researching ho to fix this shit because while I have succeeded in getting back to Windows 7, I now have a window popped up telling me that my Windows 10 upgrade is scheduled for less than 1 hours time!!!
    I have extended this for 8hours (the longest option) so I can now waste the rest of my day off now researching how to stop this ground hog day bullshit from starting all over again.
    Who needs this shit. Just leave these computer tools alone so we can concentrate on actually using them to work - instead of having to work on them to fix problems Microsoft introduce!

  11. devra
    April 11, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    My accounting package will not work on Windows 10, but it keeps trying to automatically

    • Mary Cooper
      May 13, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      Exactly won't work with my version of Quickbooks.

  12. tay
    March 15, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    after upgrade to win10. all my existing software program cant be using. please guide on how to reverse back. thanks.

  13. Blarf
    March 11, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Why change your mind about upgrading? After hearing all of the tech savvy people telling you that it sucks may have something to do with it! And as a 15 year IT vet, I can tell you for certain that is Windows ME and Vista all over again! What's worse, is that 1o is _actually_ just 7 under the hood with a bunch of fluff and garbage piled up on top of it to hide all of the parts people actually like. Even more fluff and garbage than 8 had.

    Want IE? No, you get Edge. But wait, IE _IS_ still installed and accessible, and you don't _have_ to use Edge! You can even unpin that POS from the task bar.

    Want the standard Control Panel? Nope, you're forced to use a dumbed down macintosh-esque "Settings" menu that looks and works like poo. You _CAN_ still use the Control Panel; the Windows 7 standard CP at that! Just type "Control panel" in to that incredibly intrusive 'Search Windows' bar on your taskbar, or start typing on the start menu.

    Don't want to share network details, passwords and other private information with everyone even though Microsoft thinks that sharing your personal computing information is public domain? There are about 14 different places hidden away you have to do this at.

    Want to use something like Irfanview to view your images, not "Photos"? Good luck. Windows 10 will, periodically, reset your file associations as it sees fit, even if your application IS set to be the default application for that extension.

    Want a bluetooth keyboard and mouse? Good luck. Windows 10 often violently rejects official manufacturer drivers and tries to use its own generic drivers, and more often than not those drivers don't work. You can reinstall the correct driver and maybe even get the hardware to work, that is until you reboot and 10 decides that your driver is incorrect and reinstalls its own broken one.

    Those are just a few of the reasons why Windows 10 is such a huge blunder. There are dozens more.

  14. Holly
    February 29, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    I have virtual Windows XP within my Windows 7 Professional operating system. If I upgrade to Windows 10, I will lose my virtual operating system.

  15. Julie
    February 5, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    I hit it by accident on someone else's computer.

  16. EH
    January 12, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    I did the download and I can't stand the new setup! It seems as though I don't need 3/4 of what is now downloaded. I need out!

  17. Anonymous
    September 30, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    I have already downloaded windows 10 unto my computer and have been running it for a few days. Could some one please tell me how to cancel it and go back to windows 8.
    Thank you!

  18. Anonymous
    September 3, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    I waited till others had tried, and the complete lack of privacy and microsoft's tracking every keystroke and sharing personal information with people on friends lists and nearby devices is not cool. my computer is the only place in my life, as a stay at home mother and a wife, where I get any PRIVACY and I want it to stay that way, and I'm SERIOUS it's the only place! a mom doesn't even get privacy in the friggin bathroom.

  19. Anonymous
    August 28, 2015 at 2:36 am

    For my needs, I am happy with my desktop PC as is. My laptop or tablet, however, I might upgrade from 8 to 10. Not sure yet. I'm a Senior citizen and what I do with the PC doesn't seem to need all the whistles and bells.

  20. Anonymous
    August 26, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I want to return to Windows 7 which works well for me. I hate all the changes Windows 10 has introduced and am finding using my computer an infuriating and frustrating hassle. HOW DO I GET RID OF WINDOWS 10 ???

  21. Anonymous
    July 29, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    My primary reasons for canceling my upgrade are

    1) like other commenters have said, the forced updates. If Microsoft is going to not let me choose what updates I install on my hardware (read: optional updates in windows 7 like silverlight, Skype and driver updates that could possible cause compatibility issues with some of my older apps) I will stick with 7.

    2) windows 10 new , and in my option broken start menu that is limited to 500 items. On my system I have multiple HDDs setup (OS, work, and play) and my work and play drives alone store easily over 1000 individual applications that I can easily search for in the windows 7 start menu). With the new os' limit of 500 items in the new DB format I would be forced to drill through the file system to find the executables I'm looking for, after I tried and failed to find them in the start menu.

  22. Anonymous
    July 28, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    I have changed my mind for two reasons.
    1. the Beta versions of new programs tend to be buggy and do nothing but antagonize users.
    2. The forced updates that you cannot control. I have in the past pushed the updates further into the future because of the work I am currently doing knowing that it will throw off my work. Windows 10 does not give you that option. I like knowing that I can control it.
    I will wait on purchasing the program until those two things are fixed. Until then I have Windows 7 and am enjoying it.

  23. Anonymous
    July 18, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Does W10's 'Start' button bring up Computer, Control Panel, and Default Programs selections?

  24. Anonymous
    July 14, 2015 at 6:29 am

    I just read that Win 10 free updates will stop after one year... So those sneaky fooks at M$ have been planning to make money on Win 10 all along. Below is the link.

  25. Anonymous
    July 13, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    So your telling me Windows 10 will install automatically without my permission ? Is that in the fine print ? I have reserved So I turn on my computer it it suddenly starts installing W-10 ?
    I think you need to clarify.My understand was you can free upgrade up to 1 year ?

  26. Anonymous
    July 13, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    I have signed up for the upgrade, and it will probably be fine. But I use three or four heavy duty third party utilities in my day-to-day workflow, and I cannot afford for them not to work on day one.

    I am going to wait until I can asses the hit on my third party utilities.

  27. Anonymous
    July 12, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    As I understand the process, Windows 10 will be downloaded to the computer. The User will have to install the software. The ISO for Windows 10 can be placed on a USB Drive using the Windows 7 USB tool from microsoft.

    I have already installed new larger hard drives on two laptops, one cloned to windows 8.1 from the original drive, the other has Windows 10 Preview (the Samsung I am using to write this). Both drives are partitioned so I can install Win 10 when I receive it. Both computers will be dual boot until I am satisfied that Win 10 is not as 'buggy' as previous releases.

    That said, I have had zero problems with the Windows 10 Preview.

  28. Anonymous
    July 11, 2015 at 7:09 am

    My menu doesn't have view confirmation. What do I do now?

    • Anonymous
      July 11, 2015 at 7:11 am

      Nevermind, I got it.

  29. Anonymous
    July 10, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    I haven't decided if I should cancel, but I already removed the icon from the taskbar. Is there a simple way around that?

    My main problem is that I have a win7 laptop and a win8.1 desktop and a slowwwwwww internet connection. I'd like to pay a nominal amount (5 or 10 bucks) and get win10 on a thumbdrive. Does anyone know if that will be possible?

    • Anonymous
      July 11, 2015 at 6:11 pm


  30. Anonymous
    July 10, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    And when Win 10 arrives and installs for those who have opted to cancel their reservations -- is there also an easy option to revert back to the users' previous OS configurations?

    • Anonymous
      July 10, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      Oops, I meant for those who have NOT opted to cancel their reservations... Why, or why can't MUO provide an "edit" function???