The age old question: How to Avoid Windows 10? The window for the free Windows 10 upgrade is set to close on July 29. That means Windows has been pushier than ever about getting users to upgrade. Many people who have upgraded to 10 have expressed a multitude of complaints, from loss of free storage space and frustration over its illogical design to sheer lack of privacy.
If you’re not interested in the hassle of the upgrade, you can prevent Windows from automatically downloading version 10 on your computer. There are a few different ways on how to do this.
Windows 10 pop-ups:
You may see a ‘your upgrade is scheduled for…” pop-up. Do NOT click on the red X in the corner. Instead, tick the box next to “click here to change upgrade schedule.”
If you’ve already been scheduled, click on the Windows icon on the bottom right of your screen. There, you can change the install date or cancel it.
If you’re not sure if you’ve been scheduled for the Windows 10 upgrade or not, click on the Windows icon on the bottom right of your screen. Your pop-up will indicate whether you’ve scheduled an update or not.
For Windows 7 users:
Press the Start button, type in “Windows Updates,” then click on Change Settings, and uncheck the “Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates” prompt.
For Windows 8.1 users:
Go to your WiFi Network Connection settings. Click on the WiFi network you use, and make sure your metered connections are enabled. Some other computers will allow you to just right click on the WiFi option from the bottom right icon, then click on the metered settings option from there.