Microsoft offered its latest operating system - Windows 10 - as a free upgrade for any Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 user. However, on July 29th of this year, the upgrade offer expires and people won’t be able to upgrade anymore. The problem is that Microsoft wants us to upgrade to Windows 10 right now and does everything it can to convince users to make the jump, as soon as possible. However, there are users who are not interested in Windows 10 and they do not enjoy the many prompts Microsoft pushes on their Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 computers and devices. There are several ways to stop these prompts and one of them involves using the Never10 application. This app blocks the Windows 10 upgrade on your computer so that you’ll never have to deal with it anymore. Let’s see how this tool works:
Step 1: Download Never10
Never10 is a very small desktop app that you can download from its official webpage here , or you can download directly from this link. The file you get is an executable with a very small size, of about 81KB.
Step 2: Run Never10
Once you have downloaded Never10, double click/tap on it to run it. To be able to execute Never10, you must be logged in with an administrator user account and, if you have UAC enabled , Windows asks you to allow Never10 to make changes to your computer. Click or tap on Yes in order to go ahead.
Step 3: Block the Windows 10 upgrade offers with Never10
When the Never10 app is up and running, if the Windows 10 upgrade is enabled on your computer, you should see the following message: “Windows 10 OS Upgrade is ENABLED for this system!”. This statement means that Microsoft will keep on displaying those nagging Windows 10 upgrade offers. If you want to block the upgrade, all you have to do is click or tap on the Never10 button called “Disable Win10 Upgrade”.
A couple of seconds later, Never10 will let you know that the Windows 10 upgrade has been blocked on your computer and you should no longer be nagged about it in the future.
Easy, isn’t it?
How to u nblock the Windows 10 upgrade offers with Never10
In the previous screenshot, you probably noticed that when we blocked the Windows 10 upgrade offers, Never10’s “Disable Win10 Upgrade” button changed into “Enable Win10 Upgrade”. That’s because Never10 also allows you to undo the Windows 10 upgrade blocking process. If you change your mind at some point in the future and you want to go ahead with the upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, all you have to do is launch Never10 again and click/tap the “Enable Win10 Upgrade” button.
Later on, Microsoft will ask you again if you want to make the upgrade. However, keep in mind that, if you want to take advantage of the free upgrade offer, you should do it before July 29th 2016.
The rare case in which your Windows is very outdated
Some people don’t make updates to their Windows computers. If that’s the case for your s, it’s very likely that your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 computer has not received any system updates from Microsoft in a very long time. However, you might still get the free “upgrade to Windows 10” offer from Microsoft.
One problem is that Never10 requires your computer to have a Windows Update version that was released after July 2015. That was the date when Microsoft launched the free upgrade promotion for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Never10 checks whether Windows Update is newer than July 2015 and, if needed, it lets you know that you must update Windows Update. :) If you get the message that “An older Windows Update is installed in this system” , click or tap the “Install Update” button to update your Windows Update files.
Wait a while until your computer searches for the updates that are needed by Never10.
When the Windows Update Standalone Installer asks you if you want to install the update, click or tap Yes.
Wait a couple more seconds for the update to get installed on your computer.
If you get asked about it, restart your computer.
After you reboot, or immediately after the update was installed, you can launch the Never10 desktop app to check whether the Windows 10 upgrade offers are now blocked, which they should be.
And that’s all there is to it!
Never10 is a great little app that allows you to block the Windows 10 upgrade offers if you don’t want to see them, and all you long for is some nice and quiet time when using your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 computer. In the past, there have been many different methods of blocking the pesky Windows 10 upgrade offers, but none seemed to be permanent. Fortunately, Never10 is a permanent block. Or so it seems at this time. Plus, it’s extremely easy to use! Do you like it? Do you know other similarly efficient tools for disabling the Windows 10 upgrade offers? Use the comments form below to let us know.