Windows 10, whether you want it or not (and how not to get it)

The fun continues.

Microsoft have decided that, even if you have expressed no interest in Windows 10, you’re going to get it early next year. If you don’t want it (and I’ll be posting an article about that very shortly) I need you to urgently check a setting on your computer.

Why am I doing this?

The background to this is that up to now Windows 10 has been an optional update but, in the new year, Microsoft are changing its status to ‘Recommended’. This means that anyone with a tick in a certain box will get it automatically, even if they haven’t asked for it.

Most of the customers I’ve visited in the last month or two will find that I’ve already taken the tick out but, in case I got side-tracked while slaying viruses or finding missing pictures of cats, it’d be worth checking.

I’ve been waiting for a major update to Windows 10, now received, to see if it changes the things I don’t like. It hasn’t. I’ll be posting a further update very shortly, Christmas permitting, but in the meantime my advice is still to resist Microsoft’s attempts to upgrade you, which seem to be getting more forceful as the weeks progress.

How to avoid being forced onto Windows 10

Image1To do this, you need to get to the Control Panel:

  • For most people, just click the Start button in the bottom left corner and click Control Panel from the menu.
  • If after clicking Start you can’t see Control Panel listed, just start typing the word ‘control’ (without the apostrophes), you should see Control Panel appear, so click it.
  • If neither of those works, look at your keyboard. In the bottom left corner, there’s probably a key with the Windows logo on it. Make sure the Start menu isn’t showing, then hold down the Windows key and tap the letter R. A box should pop up with the heading Run. Type Control and press enter.


image2You should now be at the Control Panel. To make sure we’re all looking at the same thing, check the top right corner where it says View By. It should say Small Icons. If it doesn’t, click where it says ‘Category’ or ‘Large Icons’ and choose ‘Small Icons’ from the drop-down menu.




image3Now look in the list of items and right at the bottom you’ll see Windows Update. Double-click it.



image4You should now see a Windows Update window. On the left, click Change Settings.







image5You should now see your update settings. Make sure the first one says ‘Install updates automatically (recommended)’. A little further down is ‘Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates. Make sure there is not a tick in the box. If there is, click it to remove the tick.

Any other tick-boxes can be left as they are.

Finally, click OK, then close any windows you’ve opened by clicking the X in the corner.






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