(If that sentence makes no sense, you probably shouldn't be using Regedit.)Here's what it looks like.Second step: Make the GWX icon, with its nagging notifications, vanish from the taskbar.In January, Microsoft published a support article that documents the two settings I describe in this article.(See "Microsoft expands Get Windows 10 program to domains, publishes opt-out instructions.") Changing the two registry settings to the values described in this article will be sufficient to prevent an unwanted Windows 10 upgrade on any PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.If you would prefer not to upgrade, this article explains how to make those prompts go away and how to block the Windows 10 upgrade until you decide the time is right, even if that time is "never." It's a 30-second process, involving two simple changes to Windows configuration files.If you're an IT pro or consultant managing PCs at a small business, you can even automate the process, as I explain in this post.
Create a DWORD value called Disable OSUpgrade and set it to 1.
If you're not comfortable making direct registry edits, you shouldn't open Regedit.
At the end of this post, I've included links to files that you can use instead.)First step: Disable automatic upgrades through Windows Update.
Note that none of this applies to Microsoft's enterprise customers.
If your business is running Windows 7 or 8.1 Enterprise, the upgrade offers and the accompanying Get Windows 10 (GWX) icon don't exist.