Windows is now offering a free upgrade to Windows 10, and it will keep asking you to install the new update, whether you want it, or not. Some people want to avoid updating to Windows 10 because it can create some problems for your system, if you are already using a stable version of Windows 7 or 8.
Other people want to avoid updating because they are perfectly happy with their Windows 7 or 8 computers. At the Computer Geek, we can both appreciate and respect. So, for those who do not want to update, follow the instructions below:
Step 1: See if the download already exists.
It is necessary to check if the upgrade files already exist on your computer. Do this by manually verifying the $Windows.~BT folder on your hard drive:
Step 2: Disable automatic downloads via Windows Update service.
The disabling of automatic downloads from Windows 10 upgrade files will slightly differ if you're running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1:
Whenever you plan to install Windows 10, just go to Control Panel > Windows Update > Restore hidden updates to unhide the updates so they can be downloaded and installed.
If you followed all the steps correctly, Windows should not force an update on you. Contact the Computer Geek at 905-426-1784 if you have additional questions or problems.
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