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How to prevent Windows 10 from being installed as a recommended update

How to prevent Windows 10 from being installed as a recommended update

by AshwinFebruary 3, 2016

A few days ago, Microsoft began rolling a new update for Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers.

Windows 7 Updates

This is not actually a new update, but a rather important one. The reason behind this is that it is a Recommended Update, which will be installed on the computers, one which will force the Windows 10 upgrade.

Reports suggest that this is not because of the KB3035583 Windows Update which is the nagware which introduced the Upgrade Offer when the operating system was launched. This will happen regardless of the GWX (Get Windows 10) app’s settings. So there is absolutely no use even if you uninstall the Windows Update.

Microsoft seems to be pushin1g the free Windows 10 upgrade in a different way. To be honest, ehe Redmond company did announce last year, that it will be doing this, so it isn’t a real suprise. But the problem is that it didn’t actually state when the change would be happening.

Microsoft is likely doing this, because there are just 6 months left, for the free Windows 10 Up[grade offer. It will end in July 2016.

Fortunately, there is a very simple way to skip the Windows 10 Upgrade offer completely. And you don’t even need thrid party apps to help you with this task.

How to prevent Windows 10 from being installed as a recommended update

1. Click on the Start button.
2. Select the option which says Windows Update.
3. Now look at the options on the left hand side
4. One of them should say “Change Settings”. Click on it.
5. A new page should open in the Window. Check the Recommended Update settings. (Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates.)
6. If it is enabled, click on the checkbox to disable it.
7. Click on the “Ok” button.

Windows 7 Recommended Updates
And your work is done here. You don’t even have to reboot the PC for the change to take effect.

Recommended Updates are by no means Security Updates, and so you should be quite safe and use Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 as long as you wish to. And if you change your mind, simply follow the above instructions to re-enable the update.

Is there anyway to skip the Windows Upgrade offer which may have been triggered before I disabled the Recommended Update settings?

Don’t worry, if you don’t want Windows 10 to be installed on your computer, you will have an option to skip the upgrade offer. But unfortunately it appears that Windows 7 does download over 2GB of data for upgrading the computer to  the operating system.

Windows 10 Upgrade Offer

It did so on one of my friend’s computers today.