How to Permanently Prevent Forced Windows 10 Download

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Microsoft is set to introduce Windows 10 as a recommended update through Windows Update for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 very soon, meaning that millions of users will be inadvertently upgrading their operating system merely by installing recommended updates. Thankfully, there is a way to disable this automatic upgrade which does not require turning off Windows Updates altogether.

The information comes, surprisingly, direct from Microsoft, and does not require installing any additional software. A 30-second registry update is all it takes:

  1. Open Regedit (by typing “regedit” into the Windows Start Menu searchbar and clicking on the icon);
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
    WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade;
  3. Find AllowOSUpgrade (if it doesn’t exist, create it: right-click, new, create DWORD (32-bit) value, rename AllowOSUpgrade) and double-click. Set value to 0;
  4. Then, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade;
  5. Find ReservationsAllowed (again, if it doesn’t exist, create it. Same method as above) and set value to 0;
  6. Restart Windows.

The “Upgrade to Windows 10” pop-up can also be disabled, if you haven’t already:

  1. In Regedit, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\GWX;
  2. Create DWORD (32-bit) value DisableGWX and set the value data to 1.

If you’re not comfortable poking around in Windows Registry, ZDNet has written a guide to creating your own executable file to automate the task.

Save the following text in a Notepad document as DisallowOSUpgrades.reg:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade]

“AllowOSUpgrade”=dword:00000000

“ReservationsAllowed”=dword:00000000

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade\State]

Alternatively, the file can be downloaded here.

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