Updated: June 29, 2016
I am possibly reinventing the wheel ever so slightly, but I felt my repertoire of articles on how to stop or block or remove Windows 10 upgrades on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 was not complete without mentioning Never10. I've given you a whole list of tips and tricks, but Never10 was on the todo list till today.
This little tool allows you to disable (or enable) Windows 10 upgrades. For that matter, it lets you toggle the option for ANY OS upgrade, which at the moment happens to be Windows 10. The functionality comes through a series of registry keys or group policies, and it's aimed at the enterprise market, which makes it a little obscure and slightly tricky for non-techie users. Which is why you have tools like GWX Control Panel and Never10. Let's explore some more.
Never10 in action
The program is a frontend that lets you control the necessary registry keys. You don't need any expertise to achieve the desired result. In a way, the tool replicates the steps that I've outlined in my article on Windows telemetry and upgrades.
Once you download the program, you will need to run it with administrative rights. Then, a single window will come up. It will either show that your upgrades are enabled or disabled. Ideally, if you have followed my tutorial, you will be all green.
If upgrades are enabled, you can disable them, but also delete hidden files that may have been pre-downloaded by Windows Update, if you have updates set to run automatically. The hidden data can take a hefty 3-4 GB or more. I don't have any systems that I can showcase the second scenario, but you can check the screenshots on the official site.
And that's really all there is to it. A simple tool with a simple yet effective mission statement. Never10 is a good option for users with limited knowledge and confidence in working with the registry and changing core system files. Instead, they can use this tool to regain their sanity.
My tests show Never10 to do what it says. As such, it's worthy of inclusion in your list of stupidity-prevention tools. If the operating system vendor won't give you the choice to stop aggressive pestering for upgrades, someone else will. QED. I hope you found this short tutorial useful. Nothing too dramatic, just what you need to get the job done and go back to your normal life. And we're done.