How existing Windows users can refuse Microsoft’s Windows 10 update

Posted on March 15, 2016. Filed under: Windows 10 |

ZDNet posts: If you don’t want Windows 10 to automatically update on your Windows 7 or 8 device, for whatever reasons, you have a choice. Here’s how to say no.

Source: How existing Windows users can refuse Microsoft’s Windows 10 update | ZDNet

For those considering upgrading to Windows 10, this is a choice and none of this is intended to discourage you from trying it.  Bear in mind:

  • This is going to take time, much like getting a new computer and putting everything on it.  Remember what a hassle that was?  Same again.
  • Be sure to back up everything on a separate device or online storage.
  • Remember that you may need to reinstall a lot of software.  Be sure to save/print out your settings, and allow time for this.
  • Remember that you may have to reinstall (and maybe repurchase) your commercial software.  Save your backups and know where they are, so you can direct the new version to them.
  • Remember that your drivers for some hardware may not be available in Windows 10.  You can go online to look for workarounds, but in some cases, you may have to give up using that hardware.
  • You have 31 days to roll back to your previous system.  Also, Microsoft will continue to patch and support Windows 7 until 2020 and Windows 8.1 until 2023.

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