Since Windows 10 was launched on the market, everyone was anxious to try out the new operating system, but, after a short while, they became tired of seeing a notification pop up on the screen. This tutorial will show you how to get rid of the upgrade to Windows 10 notification if you are tired of seeing that pesky bubble in the corner of your screen.
The facts behind Windows 10
According to several reports, there are over 200 million devices running the new version of Windows. And who isn’t entreated by the possibility of updating his OS, because, after all, the update is free of charge.
In order to secure its place on the market, the think-tanks back at Microsoft central decided that the new update should be free of charge. But this move was coming from the kindness of their hearts. Microsoft has in mind to usurp Windows 7’s reign over the computer market.
Presently, you may update your computer to Windows 10, if you are running a licensed version of the Window 8.1 or Window 7, Home and Pro Editions.
The update was also made available for small business and small organizations. The small companies can easily update their OS to Windows 10, simply by following the instructions written in the “Upgrade to Windows 10” bubble.
Of course, in order to receive the free upgrade, small companies must meet certain criteria. First of all, they must be running a licensed version of either Win 7 or Win 8.1. Secondly, they will have to set their computers to receive the necessary updates directly from the Windows Update Service Center. Note that computer using the WSUS or SCCM update systems will not be able to receive the updates.
Concerning larger organizations, it would seem that they might be able to opt not to install the new version of Windows. Moreover, the organization who are running the Window 7 Enterprise or Windows 8.1 Enterprise will not be able to receive the free upgrade.
Thus, the bigger companies can decide for themselves if they want to upgrade or not to Windows 10.
Removing the Notification from the desktop
This tutorial will show you how to get rid of the upgrade to Windows 10 notification. Note that before starting the operation, you should backup your files in case something goes wrong.
So, here are the steps you should follow in order to eliminate the bubble from the right corner of your desktop.
Let’s say, in the first case, that you want to block the upgrade feature. There are two ways of doing this.
- Navigate to Computer Configuration;
- Select Policies;
- Search for Administrative Templates and click on it;
- Click the Windows Components Tab;
- Select Windows Update. In the Windows Update tab, you will see a button which basically turns off the update to the latest version of Windows.
- Select the tab and then hit “enable”.
The second way of disabling the update function is to use the windows registry system. Here’s how to do it. Press the windows button on your keyboard and search for registry editor or fire up the “run” window, type in regedit and hit “enter”.
In the registry editor window, perform a search for the following subkey: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate. Click on it. On the right panel, search for a line called DisableOSUpgrade.Change the existing value to 1 (e.g. before it should read something like DisableOSUpgrade =0; after changing the value, it should read something like DisableOSUpgrade =1).
That takes care of the upgrade feature, now let’s focus on getting rid of the notification. To do this, fire up the registry editor, using one of the two methods showed above.
Perform a search for the following subkey: HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Gwx. Again, click on it and look at the right panel. This time your will have to search for a line called DisableGWX. Change the value to 1 and exit the registry editor (after changing the value, the line should read something like DisableGWX=1).
Follow these simple steps in order to get rid of that pesky notification which usually commits first-degree eye slaughter.