Disable Windows 10 Upgrade Offer in Windows 7 or Windows 8.1

Hi everyone,

Should you wish to disable the Windows 10 upgrade offer in Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, please follow the below instructions to use a quick script I have created to add the necessary changes to your system to prevent the Windows 10 upgrade from installing. Basically this script adds entries to the main system database (the registry) specifically to tell Windows Update that you have opted out of the Windows 10 upgrade.

If your system has already been upgraded to Windows 10 and you wish to revert back to Windows 7 or 8.1, please see this forum post instead: Windows 10 Free Upgrade and the 30 days rollback period

First of all please review the below warnings.

CAUTION
Perform this fix ONLY on systems currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

PLEASE NOTE
Windows 7 and 8.1 will eventually become End of Life (EOL), reaching the end of support date (like Windows XP did), at which point you will inevitably have to upgrade to Windows 10 any way to continue to be protected with the latest updates against security holes in the operating system. So it is probably worth sticking with the upgrade if it is compatible with your system hardware, even if it means getting a few new versions of some programs that you are used to, so that you are familiar with Windows 10 by the time that happens.

PLEASE NOTE
Also, there’s no guarantee that Microsoft might force the Windows 10 upgrade in the future, totally ignoring the update blocks performed below.

PLEASE NOTE
If you are connected to a domain workplace these registry changes can be overridden by your system admin.

CAUTION
Following these instructions will perform edits to the Windows system registry. Although these registry changes has been performed numerous times without causing an issue - and there is no reason why it should be any different for you - ideally you should backup your registry before doing this, just in case something does go wrong. Please see the following Microsoft article which explains how to do this. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/322756. Also, if you would prefer to edit the registry manually, the details on which registry changes are made are detailed on the next post.

Having reviewed the above warnings, the instructions are as follows.

  1. Download the following file from our file server
    http://www.e-weekly.co.uk/download/techsupport/DisableW10.zip

  2. Once the download is complete, double click the DisableW10.zip file in your downloads folder.

  3. When prompted, enter the password for the ZIP file, NOVATECH123 (case sensitive!)

  4. Right click the Disable_Windows10_Upgrade.reg file and choose Merge from the context menu

  5. Review the warning message, and choose Yes.

  6. Restart your Windows 7 or 8.1 system in the normal way (through the start menu).

  7. Complete.
    You should now find that you are no longer prompted to upgrade to Windows 10.

If you change your mind and want to revert the changes, allowing the Windows 10 upgade again, the instructions are below.

  1. Download the following file from our file server
    http://www.e-weekly.co.uk/download/techsupport/DisableW10.zip

  2. Once the download is complete, double click the DisableW10.zip file in your downloads folder.

  3. When prompted, enter the password for the ZIP file, NOVATECH123 (case sensitive!)

  4. Right click the Re-Enable_Windows10_Upgrade.reg file and choose Merge from the context menu

  5. Review the warning message, and choose Yes.

  6. Restart your Windows 7 or 8.1 system in the normal way (through the start menu).

  7. Complete. Within a few days of use the upgrade notifications should return.

  8. If it does not, download and run the cmd script in the following zip file, and then restart. http://www.e-weekly.co.uk/download/techsupport/ReserveWin10.zip

I hope you found this useful, if you have any questions, let me know.

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SOME EXTRA INFO FOR ADVANCED USERS

The following Microsoft article details in a confusing round-about sort of way how to make the same registry changes that my .reg files do. If you would prefer to do this manually (advanced users only) please see here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3080351

If you are unsure whether it is safe to use registry files from the internet (a very good call) below I have pasted the conents of the registry files I have created for your own review and comparison to the files you download.

Disable_Windows10_Upgrade.reg

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; This first registry entry disables the Windows 10 upgrade itself.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
“DisableOSUpgrade”=dword:00000001

; This second registry entry disables the pestering upgrade notification in the system tray.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Gwx]
“DisableGwx”=dword:00000001

; For use on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 only
; Created by Novatech Ltd Technical Support - 2016

Re-Enable_Windows10_Upgrade.reg

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; This first registry entry re-enables the Windows 10 upgrade itself.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
“DisableOSUpgrade”=dword:00000000

; This second registry entry re-enables the pestering upgrade notification in the system tray.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Gwx]
“DisableGwx”=dword:00000000

; For use on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 only
; Created by Novatech Ltd Technical Support - 2016

I hope this helps!

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FAQ:

Q. I get an error merging the files stating that you cannot write to the registry.
a. Please see the following link which advises how to grant permission to write to the registry.
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_vista-files/cannot-import-registry-file-getting-error-cannot/1bd7f5fd-e37e-e011-9b4b-68b599b31bf5?auth=1