How to Say “No” to Windows 10 on Your PC

Dave LeClair 19-05-2016

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Thankfully, Microsoft is making it a tad easier to say No to the automatic Windows 10 update.

In the old way, Microsoft popped up a box with an option to “upgrade now” or “upgrade later.” That’s like walking into a car dealership and having the salesperson say “do you want to buy this car right now, or take it tomorrow?” What if I don’t want it at all?

Screenshot via Tom's Hardware
Screenshot via Tom’s Hardware

As it turns out, just like in a car dealership, you had the option to walk away just by clicking the X and closing the update window.

This was a little tricky, and thankfully, it’s clearer now, as Microsoft now shows the date and time that update will occur, and below that there’s an option labeled “Click here to change the upgrade schedule or cancel the scheduled update.” If you don’t want Windows 10, click that and then cancel it.


Remember, though, that Windows 10 will no longer be a free update after July 29. IF you do want the OS, make sure to install it before that!

What are your thoughts on this somewhat deceitful upgrade setting that was in place before?

Image Credit: Butterfly Hunter via ShutterStock, Tomshardware

Related topics: Windows 10, Windows Upgrade.

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  1. Anonymous
    May 19, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Can't wait till July, when Windows 10 costs money. Maybe Microsoft will stop bugging me.

  2. Poob McGee
    May 19, 2016 at 10:55 am

    They just want more people to track and spy on...

    • JuanGrande386
      May 20, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      Been running 10 on my custom build since the beta......I can def tell when people are hating just to hate. Ive had hardly any problems. PC boots faster, programs seem to run better. If youre worried about being "tracked" or "spied on" should probably stop using social media and your smartphone!

  3. Anonymous
    May 19, 2016 at 9:15 am

    luckily somebody made that app a long time ago