The Easiest Way To Block Windows 10 Upgrade On Windows 7 (No Software Needed)

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Windows-7-desktop-plainShort Bytes: Are you tired of declining Windows 10 upgrade notifications on your Window 7 PC? Don’t worry, using two simple methods related to Group Policy Editor and Registry Editor, you can block Windows 10 upgrade on your PC. 

If I start listing down the complaints regarding the forced Windows 10 upgrades and updates by Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, I’ll be typing tirades all day.

But, there are some interesting incidents I’d like to share. These mentions include the live TV weather forecast interruption by Windows 10, ruined live stream of a pro-gamer, and an abusive rant of a Windows user.

While some users try to block these forced update popups on their PCs using some software, other experienced users don’t need any third-party software to do this.

In this article, I’m going to share two methods to block forced Windows 10 upgrade on your Windows 7 and 8 PCs. This has been made possible with a new update that was released last year.

Also read: How To Get Windows 10 Upgrade For Free Even After July 29, 2016?

Blocking Windows 10 upgrade on Windows 7 PC:

So, before going ahead, download these system updates manually for your PC: 32-bit and 64-bit. After restarting the PC, follow any one of the following methods:

Method 1: Use Group Policy Editor to stop Windows 10 upgrade

  • You simply need to type gpedit.msc in RUN to open the Group Policy Editor on your Windows 7 PC.
  • Now, follow this path to find the right options to make changes: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update
  • In the left sidebar, look for “Turn off the upgrade to the latest version of Windows through Windows Update“. Click on it and make it Enabled.windows 10 upgrade block on windows 7
  • The required changes have been made and you just need to restart the computer for the changes to take place.

Method 2: Use Registry Editor to block Windows 10 upgrade

  • To open Registry Editor in Windows 7, you simply need to type regedit in RUN and press enter.
  • Now, go to this path and find Windows folder: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
  • Now select the Windows folder, create a new entry called “WindowsUpdate” by right-clicking.
  • Now create a new DWORD entry called DisableOSUpgrade in the right sidebar and set its value to 1.windows 10 upgrade block on windows 7 q
  • The required changes have been made and you just need to restart the computer for the changes to take place.

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Also read: Minimum Requirements To Run Windows 10 Changed, Anniversary Update Needs More RAM

Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]
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