Simple Utility To Keep Microsoft From Sneaking Windows 10 Onto Your Machine

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By now, anyone running Windows 7 or 8.1 has been variously asked, urged, begged, or forced to upgrade to Windows 10. This week Microsoft made it MUCH harder for those of us who want to keep using our current version of Windows to avoid the update: now, Microsoft is straight-up TRICKING Win 7 and 8.1 users into installing the update.

 

Win10 Update Trick

 

Per PC World (which also gets credit for the above screenshot):

Last week, Microsoft altered the [upgrade pop-up]…The redesigned [pop-up] now treats exiting the window as consent for the Windows 10 upgrade.

So after more than half a year of teaching people that the only way to say “no thanks” to Windows 10 is to exit the [pop-up]-—and refusing to allow users to disable the pop-up in any obvious manner, so they had to press that X over and over again during those six months to the point that most people probably just click it without reading now–—Microsoft just made it so that very behavior accepts the Windows 10 upgrade instead, rather than canceling it.

But wait, it gets worse: if you don’t happen to be there when this pop-up appears it will disappear within about 30 seconds, and your inaction on the pop-up will be taken by Microsoft as permission to install the update.

And just in case those tricks aren’t enough to sneak Windows 10 onto your machine, Microsoft has also re-classified the Win10 upgrade as a “Recommended” update in Windows Update. Windows users have been advised for years to let both “Important” and “Recommended” updates install automatically to keep their machines free from malware, but this change is moving many to disable Windows Update altogether—which is a very bad idea.

There’s a better way: one which won’t require you to change your Windows Update settings.

 

Download & Install This Simple Utility To Prevent The Upgrade No Matter What
Fortunately for all of us Windows 7 and 8.1 users, respected tech security expert Steve Gibson has created a very simple utility you can download (for free!) and install in a matter of two minutes or less: Never10.

The first time you launch Never10 it scans your machine to see if Microsoft has already secretly scheduled your machine for the upgrade:

 

Win10 Update Enabled

 

Click the Disable Win10 Upgrade button to prevent the Win10 upgrade. And you’re done!

 

Don’t let Microsoft bully or trick you into the Windows 10 update if you don’t want it: use Never10 to keep your Windows machine exactly how it is today.

 

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