Some Computers that run Windows 7 smoothly can be incompatible with Windows 10 as well.
Windows 10 Home and Professional is a free permanent upgrade for any Activated and Licensed Computer currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1
(Not Windows 8, Vista or XP). The free upgrade period is until July 29th 2016. Each computer that is upgraded to Windows 10 during this time will be
licensed for the life of that machine. Even should you choose to revert back to Windows 7 or 8.1 during the 30 Day Grace Period.
This means that during any point after which that computer can be upgraded to or have Windows 10 cleanly installed without need to purchase a license.
This is ideal for those whom may not wish to upgrade now but may in the future.
Unfortunately Microsoft has been aggressively pushing the Free Upgrade to Windows and intentionally making it difficult to deny. Though we will not be discussing Microsoft’s reasoning for this. You will find with a little research that it is being pushed primarily for two reasons.
The first being Upkeep, it is less expensive in the long run to give away licenses for Windows 10 Home & Pro then to keep patching and updating Windows 7,
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
The second reason would be advertising. Microsoft has learned from Google (Android) and Apple (iOS, OS X) that “App Stores” such as Google Play are a revenue generator. In addition they have designed Windows 10 to show “Suggestions” aka Ads to users, much like websites.
Microsoft will collect data about the Health and Usage of the Operating System as they have always done and will require you to Opt In to sharing additional information to utilize certain features such as Cortana, Calendar, and Mail.
Windows 10 Free Upgrade Nag and how to Stop it.
Though many have complained that their computer “Automatically Upgraded to Windows 10 without my permission.”
This is actually not true, however I believe we can all agree that Microsoft has made it intentionally confusing to
the average person on how to postpone or avoid the Upgrade.Regardless of this, there is a simple way to stop the Upgrade and Remove the Notification completely if you wish to stick with Windows 7 or 8.1
It is Strongly Recommended that you create a System Restore Point before proceeding.
To learn how to do this see our Facebook Post on Creating Restore Points in Windows.
The author of this blog is not responsible for any problems that may occur from installation or usage of this software.
A System Restore point should Always Be Created Prior to installing new and unfamiliar software.
The software that we use to block Windows 10 for customers is GWX Control Panel.
Which can be downloaded with this link: http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/GwxControlPanelSetup.exe
(Please note that usage of this Application may cause Problems with Microsoft Office 2016.)
Be sure to Only Click the “Click to Prevent ‘Get Windows 10’ App and “Click to Prevent Windows 10 Upgrades” buttons as pictured above.
There is no need to reboot.
If the notification should return, repeat the process.
How to revert to the previous version of Windows (7, 8.1)
You can revert to your previous Windows Installation and still retain your license for Windows 10 with the following stipulations.
If it has been less than 30 Days since Upgraded to Windows 10. After the 30 Grace Period it will require a clean installation to restore.
No one has used the Disk Cleanup or you have not deleted the Windows.Old Folder from your Hard Drive.
Do Not use “Restore Tools” such as HP’s System Recovery. This will delete all of your data if not used carefully.
If you come to your computer and find that it is in the process of Upgrading or Installing Updates. Allow it to finish, do not turn off the computer.
Turning off or restarting the computer during and Upgrade or Update could damage the operating system and cause issues and data loss.
To Restore the Previous Version of Windows:
Start by logging into your Account and click the Start Button in the bottom left corner.
When the Start Menu Appears click on the Settings Option.
Inside the Settings Menu, Click on Update & security.
From the UPDATE & SECURITY menu click the Recovery option on the left pane.
You will see the second option is “ Go back to an earlier build. “ click on the Get Started button then read and follow the prompts.
you can manually restart by either pressing your reset button or pressing and holding the Power Button until the computer Shuts off, then press
again to turn it back on.
The process should resume, once it is complete you will be greeted with your old logon screen. Be sure that you type your
old pass for Windows 7 or 8.1 and not the Password or PIN you created in Windows 10.
Some of your Applications may have to be reinstalled but generally everything will be right where you left it. After you check that everything is intact
you should create a System Restore Point and run GWX Control Panel.
Some individuals may receive a notification “Windows is Not Genuine” after reverting back. IF you have a Windows 7 COA Sticker with Product key on your computer
(under the battery in some laptops). You can type that Serial Key into the Activation Box. If you were provided a Refurbished or OEM Key from Technician
you should contact them to have them verify, reactivate or replace the license.
Check back soon for our next Blog Post
Windows 10: How to stop Suggestion Advertisements and how to specify and control the information that is shared other than statistical operating system data.