It’s coming to an End: Well not really
Update: You can still get Windows 10 upgrade for free if you want.
July 29th is approaching us quickly and will mark the end of Microsoft’s Windows 10 free upgrade. So if you are planning on upgrading your current operating system, now would be a good time.
After July 29th, if you still want Windows 10, you will have to come up with some cash, around 89 dollars from Amazon.
If you are still wondering whether or not to do the upgrade, you can visit my post on why I believe that you would like to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
(it might be a little biased since I’m a big fan of Windows 10 🙂 ) but hey, I have yet to come across any major negative points with it since I did my upgrade two years ago when it first became available.
Microsoft new approach:
Now for those that are still set on using Windows 7 (this one was a great operating system, Windows 8.1 is another story) be prepared for Microsoft’s new approach to getting you to update to the newest version.
Instead of the annoying get windows 10 notification icon in the lower right-hand corner of your screen which is always hollering update me now, Microsoft has come up with a new approach (oh no, now what?) to that little icon that has hassled many people to update when they had no desire to do so.
You are now going to see a full-screen shot, done in blue (just like the blue screen of death, lol) with white lettering saying Sorry to interrupt, but this is important. Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends July 29. Now the good news is that for the first time since Microsoft has been pushing this upgrade, you will easily be able to decline the offer for good without any more notices to do so.
Is there a catch?
The only catch to this is you must pay attention to the lower left-hand corner of the screen, where there is some small writing, not the right lower hand corner where it has the large “Upgrade now”, and “Remind me later” buttons that are begging you to click. In the lower left corner, you are given two choices (how nice of them), the first one is “Notify me three more times”, and the other one is “Do not notify me again”, this is the one we have been looking for forever now.
As you can see, they still want to push the upgrade on you but now they are willing to leave you alone if you are set on not updating and staying with Windows 7, or 8.1.
Are you Wondering Why did Microsoft force Windows 10?
Well first of all, Microsoft has stated several times over the year that they have not forced any upgrades to Windows 10, there has always been a way to opt out of the upgrade, which I have found to be true, I have tried to opt out on several PC’s that were running either Windows 7, or 8.1 with success on all of them.
Now Microsoft may have made it a little hard to figure out just what to do to opt out of the upgrade but it is there. For those that didn’t pay attention to what they are clicking on and agreeing to, and then ended up with the upgrade, it would have seemed like they had been forced into the upgrade.
One important factor to keep in mind is that if you close out any of the pop-up windows by clicking on the red X in the upper right corner, no changes will take effect and you will still be scheduled for the upgrade.
So to cancel out of the upgrade, you must continue through with canceling any schedule until Windows gives you a pop-up screen where you can confirm that you wish to decline the free upgrade. Yes, it would seem that Microsoft wishes to make this a little difficult in hopes of getting you to do the upgrade.
Now if you’re still getting a notification from your GWX (Get Windows 10) app, here is what to look for when the dialog box appears.
There are about eight different pop-up windows that could appear on your screen depending on what you have click on in the past. I will start with the first one that Microsoft shows on their support page (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3095675) of how to decline the free offer to the Upgrade to Windows 10.
The Notifications from the Get Windows 10 app:
In this notification (see image below) you will notice that it has three options, the first one is “Upgrade now”, the next is “Choose a time”, and the last one is” Decline free offer”, the last is the one you want to click on. Once you have clicked on that button you will want to continue through the rest of the screens until you get a screen
where Microsoft has confirmed that you want to decline the free offer, never close the windows out using the red X, your confirmation to decline the upgrade will not take effect.
Some people may receive a notification stating “Windows 10 is a Recommended Update for this PC” and is scheduled for the upgrade on the such and such date.
If you do, you will see two option under the scheduled date, ”Click here to change upgrade schedule” and “Cancel scheduled upgrade” as seen in the above photo. You will want to click on the latter and follow the instructions on confirming your cancellation, again do not close out the window by clicking on the red X.
Changing your scheduled upgrade:
If you have set up a schedule date and later decide you want to opt out of the free upgrade by canceling the upgrade before the July 22nd cutoff date, then all you have to do is open the Get Windows 10 app located in the lower right-hand corner of your screen. You will see a pop-up window showing you the date of your scheduled upgrade with two choices, one to “Upgrade” now”, and one to “Reschedule”, you will want to click on that one. See below image.
You will now get a new window showing you the days left for the upgrade and time, with the option to “Cancel scheduled upgrade” or “Confirm”. Do not click the confirm button, click on the “Cancel scheduled upgrade” to get to the next window where you can proceed to decline your free upgrade as seen below.
Finally, you will have a window like the one below, “Cancel? Free upgrade offer ends in XX days” where you have two options (again Microsoft wants you to upgrade 🙁 ) one is the “Cancel scheduled upgrade” and the other one “Don’t cancel”.
After clicking on the “Cancel scheduled upgrade” button you will get another screen where you will confirm that you wish to decline the free offer.
Now if for some reason you didn’t do any of the above methods and your Windows app is still set to start your upgrade, you will be receiving a reminder screen, stating that “Your upgrade will start in 15 minutes”. You can still cancel the upgrade and opt out of the free upgrade by clicking on the “Cancel scheduled upgrade” button as seen in the picture below.
You will then be directed to a new screen where you will have the option to confirm that you wish to decline the free offer to upgrade to Windows 10.
The Blue screen of Death:
As I have stated at the start of this post you may get a full-screen notification when you start up your computer from being powered down if you are running Windows 7 with service pack 1, or 8.1 as seen in the picture below.
Here you will want to locate the phrase “Do not notify me again” this is located in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. Click on that and you will be sent to a screen where you can confirm your desire to decline the free offer. Again remember not to close the screen by clicking on the red X.
Microsoft does not force any upgrades to Windows 10:
Well as you can see through all of these scenarios Microsoft does give you the chance to cancel the free upgrade to Windows 10, it may not be very clear but hey, they are just trying to get everyone to upgrade to Windows 10, this way all they have to do is concentrate on just one operating system instead of three (that’s my opinion) I mean what the heck Microsoft would like nothing better than to every computer on the planet running Windows 10, then they would be King. LOL.
I hope you have found this to be informative on the Windows 10 upgrade push, and if you have had any different scenarios that have happened to you and would like to share with us or any questions, please leave them in the comment section below, I would love to hear from you, and thank you for stopping by.