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How to disable the Windows 10 Upgrade offer permanently

How to disable the Windows 10 Upgrade offer permanently

by AshwinJanuary 9, 2016

We have reported many times, how Microsoft is feeding the Windows 10 Upgrade offer to Windows 7/8 and 8.1 computers.

Windows 10 Upgrade nagware GWX app Upgrade Now or Upgrade Tonight

What initially began as a nice offer, soon turned into incredibly annoying nagware.

It started with the ridiculous options Upgrade Now or Start Download Now and Upgrade Later, which didn’t allow users to opt-out. To make things even worse, the option was soon changed to Upgrade Now or Upgrade Tonight.

What if there was an option to disable the option altogether? What if the GWX (Get Windows 10) app completely? There is a way, and guess who offered the instructions for it? It was Microsoft itself, ye it’s true.

A Knowledgebase article exists for the very purpose, and has been reported to still be valid, by The Register, who contacted the Redmond company, which confirmed it to the blog. Frankly, this isn’t a new method at all, it has existed for a good 7 months now, ever since the GWX app was activated back in June.

Though this method is intended for experienced users, we’ll try to make it as user friendly as possible, after all to refuse the upgrade or accept it, is every user’s right. But if you don’t feel comfortable with editing the Windows Registry, you may want to skip this. You could use the GWX Stopper app, which does the same job.

How to disable the Windows 10 Upgrade offer permanently?

1. Press Windows + R, enter “regedit”, (without the quotes) and hit enter. This will open the Windows Registry Editor.
2. In the pane to the left, click on HKLM > Software > Policies > Microsoft > Windows > WindowsUpdate.
3. Double-click on the key, in the right-pane, which says DisableOSUpgrade, and set its value to 1.
4. Now, navigate to HKLM > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > WindowsUpdate > OSUpgrade.
5. Select the key which is named ReservationsAllowed, and set its value to 0.

If you aren’t aware what the values you just set mean, 0 is false and 1 is true. That’s what we applied to disable the offer.

Why should you disable the Windows 10 Upgrade Offer?

If you’re thinking that since you have opted out of the upgrade offer before, or haven’t received the Windows 10 Upgrade notification yet, don’t think you’re safe from it.

Microsoft announced last year, that it will soon begin offering the Windows 10 Upgrade offer as a recommended update, in Windows Update, for those who have chosen to receive optional updates as recommended updates. So, it is better to be prepared before the change occurs.