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posted by martyb on Sunday January 10 2016, @01:10AM   Printer-friendly
from the PSA dept.

If you're using a PC running Windows 7 or 8, you may be getting a little sick of endless popup screens telling you to upgrade to version 10. And you may be worried about inadvertently installing the upgrade as part of a security update.

Microsoft will start pushing out a Windows 10 upgrade as a recommended, virtually mandatory, update very soon (it's right now only an optional download). Some people are tempted to turn off Windows Update completely to avoid getting the new operating system – don't. It'll leave your computer vulnerable to attack as you'll no longer get security patches.

It's actually rather easy to turn off the Windows 10 upgrade function without losing vital regular software updates. Microsoft even has an official document [*] explaining how to do it.

[...] Make sure you follow all the steps, but essentially you have to:

        1. Open the Registry Editor (search for regedit in the Start Menu and run it).
        2. Set [DWORD value] DisableOSUpgrade to 1 in HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
        3. Set [DWORD value] ReservationsAllowed to 0 in HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade

Or, the obligatory recommendation to run FOSS instead.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2016, @01:57AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2016, @01:57AM (#287467)

    Don't forget to unplug the Ethernet cable when you aren't using the computer, or else it might download and install while you aren't there to stop it. If you have a wifi card you are probably screwed, it can auto turn on like my new android phone likes to do to and waste battery on who knows what.

  • (Score: 2) by No Respect on Sunday January 10 2016, @09:42AM

    by No Respect (991) on Sunday January 10 2016, @09:42AM (#287548)

    Uh no, PCs don't do that. Disable the wifi adapter and it stays off. It's not like your new android phone FFS.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 22 2016, @07:51PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 22 2016, @07:51PM (#293293)

      They may not now, but in many laptops the wifi power state can be controlled by software, so it potentially could happen.