How to banish the Windows 10 upgrade prompts in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

Microsoft is getting really, really annoying with its push to get people running Windows 7 and 8.1 to upgrade to Windows 10. In fact, Microsoft recently expanded its upgrade prompts to Windows “Pro” machines that had been exempt from the original effort. The most annoying part of all this is the constant taskbar pop-ups asking you to upgrade to Windows 10.

If you want to banish the Windows 10 upgrade prompt, there’s already a third-party software solution out there that we covered back in November. But if you’re the DIY type, Microsoft just published an official way to banish the Windows 10 prompts by meddling directly with the registry.

Note: If the term “registry” didn’t just send a shiver up your spine, it should. While these instructions are easy enough to follow meddling with the registry is not for the faint of heart. Back it up first.

Before you do anything, run Windows Update to make sure your machine is up to date. Then continue as detailed below.

In Windows 7, click Start and then type run in the search box and select the Run program from the results. When Run opens, type in regedit and tap Enter to open Registry Editor.

Windows 8.1 users have an easier task. Click the Windows logo key + R to open the Run program. Then type in regedit and tap Enter to open Registry Editor.

Once you’re inside the Registry Editor you have to change two settings. Navigating the registry editor is no different than navigating the file system using File Explorer (Windows Explorer). If you can do that, then you can find your way around the Registry.

First we need to disable the operating system upgrade for Windows update. To do this, navigate in the Registry Editor to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Policies Microsoft Windows WindowsUpdate.

Here’s where things get a little tricky. Now we have to create a DWORD entry to make all this work. In the Registry Editor menu click Edit New DWORD (32-bit Value). This will create a new entry in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Policies Microsoft Windows WindowsUpdate. You have to give the new entry the name “DisableOSUpgrade” and then hit Enter.

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