Windows 10 is a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users, but not a mandatory one. If you don’t want to be nagged to update, here’s how to stop the Windows 10 upgrade notifications and run Windows 7 or 8 forever.
In just a couple of months, Microsoft’s free upgrade offer is due to end but we’re all waiting to see if that actually happens. If it does, those Windows 10 upgrade notifications might cease. But of course they won’t: Microsoft will simply want to you pay to upgrade after 29 July 2016. Fear not, though as there are a few ways you can disable the upgrade and stay on Windows 7 or 8 forever. We won’t go into all the reasons why you might not want to upgrade: those are covered in our Should I upgrade to Windows 10? feature.
Note: If you have already ended up with Windows 10 against your will, here’s how you might be able to downgrade again to Windows 7 or 8.1.
How to stay on Windows 7 & 8 forever: Never 10
As you’ll see below, there are a few other methods which have all worked for a period of time, but some users have said they no longer work. Never10 is the latest tool we’re aware of that can disable the upgrade. It’s free, and doesn’t require installation. You simply click a button and the necessary changes are made to your PC. There’s also a button which can remove any downloaded Windows 10 installation files which could be hogging up to 6.5GB of your hard drive space.
You can also use it to re-enable the upgrade should you ever change your mind, so it’s not really “never”. But then again, you’re not actually going to run Windows 7 or 8 “forever”, either.
Do let us know in the comments below if Never10 works for you.