Recently many Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users have been waking up only to find a new Windows 10 upgrade on their computers. To some, this may not be a big deal, assuming that the upgrade went well. However, sometimes the upgrades do not always go well due to incompatibility with the user’s choice of Anti-virus, or hardware that might not be supported by Windows 10. So, if want to have some control over when your computer upgrades to Windows 10 read on.
Imagine the “horror” if you were nicely content driving an automatic car and then you wake up one morning to a manual car that you do not have any experience with? That would be me! Manual transmissions HORRIFY me! Now, don’t get me wrong, I can put a boogie down to a beat, but let’s just say my coordination skills are immune to development when it comes to a stick shift! So, should I ever wake up to a stick shift, my wife will be driving – no ifs, ands or buts about that! At that point, she is the man! I will be happy riding shotgun like a pro! I imagine a sudden upgrade to Windows 10 might feel that way for some users. So, if you don’t want to be caught off guard, or you want to upgrade to Windows 10 at your own pace, this might help.
Why You Could Get The Windows 10 Upgrade Automatically
Most computers have a default setting to receive automatic updates, which is recommended to help keep current on bug and security fixes for your PC. The Windows 10 automatic upgrade has been coming in as part of these automatic updates, which are usually set to occur around 3 am. So, if you are not quite ready to upgrade to Windows 10 you have two options:
- Turn off your computer at night, or
- Exclude the Windows 10 Upgrade from your Windows Updates
The first option is straight forward, but you will still need to keep an eye on those automatic updates. The second option is the best option – for now at least, but it requires a few more simple steps. So let us get straight to it:
How To Stop The Automatic Windows 10 Upgrade For Windows 7:
- Click on the Start Menu button
- Click on All Programs
- Scroll through the list of items until you find Windows Updates
- Click on the Windows Updates
- If there are pending updates, click on the important updates and see if Windows 10 Upgrade is listed
- If Windows 10 is listed, just click to uncheck the box so that it’s not installed with the Updates
- If Windows 10 is not listed, go ahead and install the pending updates
- Once the Updates are installed, go back through the process and see if there are any more updates. If not, click on check updates and see if any updates exist. If there are more updates, click on the important updates once again to see if the Windows 10 upgrade is listed – and if it is, you know what to do.
If you have Windows 8, you may be better off upgrading to Windows 10. Windows 10 is actually more user friendly than Windows 8 in my opinion. Windows 10 upgrades go through just fine in most cases with no glitches. But if you are not sure if your Anti-virus might affect the upgrade, or if you have rare or expensive proprietary software that you are not sure will work with Windows 10, you may want to have some control over the upgrade of your PC to Windows 10. So, hopefully this helps. As the good ole technical adage goes, “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it!” Best of luck!