Never10: Block Microsoft from Auto-Updating You to Windows 10

Microsoft wants you to upgrade to Window 10 really badly. So much so that they are reportedly pushing install files onto systems and installing the OS without the user’s knowledge or consent.

200 million devices are now running Windows 10 all over the world and Windows 10 is on a trajectory of growth that beats Windows 7 and Windows 8. Despite these satisfactory statistics, Microsoft is still using shady tactics to force upgrades

Initially, the files were only downloaded on the devices and kept on stand by for whenever the user decides to upgrade to Windows10, but there have been reports of automatic installation start-ups, attempting to change the current OS, that users have paid good money to use.

The downloading of 3.5GB+ on to the system without the user’s knowledge may not be much of a nuisance to people living in developed countries but internet in Pakistan is already unreliable enough without huge files being downloaded in the background.

Never10: Say No to Windows 10!

Thankfully, there exist certain tools that prevent such a blatant act of misuse of trust. Never10 gives you control over whether Windows will upgrade itself or not. Developed by Steve Gibson, the utility couldn’t be simpler to use.

Just download the 81k program and run it. It gives you the option to “Enable Win10 Upgrade” or “Disable Win10 Upgrade”. The first thing the program will do, is verify whether the system is running a non-Enterprise edition of either Windows 7, 8, or 8.1. Those are the only versions of Windows that qualify for automatic upgrading through the Windows Update facility.

Never10 will then modify the GWX (Get Windows 10) registry settings to prevent or enable automatic OS upgrading.

Unlike GWX Control Panel, another tool used for the same purpose, Never10 doesn’t install any software on your computer. Here’s a direct link to the application.

Microsoft claims that it is gunning to achieve 1 billion systems with Window 10, which by the increasing figures, doesn’t seem unlikely. But when you hear Microsoft boast of how good the reception is and how many devices run their new OS, know that it is a hollow achievement, something they really shouldn’t be proud of.


  • KS

    Mr Satiya Nadela pata nahi kia chahty hain, Microsoft’s official contract is to provide upgrades till 2022 officially and Mr nadela says updates will be closed and then microsoft will be called in consumer court.
    Another stupidity is force upgrade to windows 10 when most of the systems in software industry use 3rd party OEM apps and drivers would be unable to work anymore.
    Mr Nadella in this particular point looks very odd (only word we can say)

  • khan

    I recommend windows 10 for those who want to use latest technologies and innovations in computing world, and all others should avoid windows 10 because It’s way better than old outdated windows 7,8,8.1.

    • Nauman

      Nope, not recommended. poor privacy, need to use email ID, system can be synced like android. Not a stay-able windows. If you are using a OS below than 10 it will slow down your machine if you want to roll-back to previous OS.

  • Thanks for this. Another reason I dont want Windows 10 is that it breaks your dual installation setup.

    If Windows is so desperate to update everyone to Windows 10 they should take into account the machines that have dual boot (Windows and Linux) controlled by Grub. I upgrades from Windows 7 to 10 on my home machine that had dual boot and had to waste a lot of extra time to get my dual boot back.