23 May 2016

Windows 10 - URGENT for users of Windows 7 or 8.

As many will know, Microsoft are nagging users of Windows 7 and 8 to upgrade to Windows 10.

Windows 10 was launched, in 2014 and is actually a decent system. It has a 7 'feel' but with some of the better features of 8.

Microsoft offer a free conversion until July 2016.

During 2014 there were a number of problems when upgrading to 10. Fortunately these could be resolved by using a built in tool to revert back to 7 or 8.

In 2015 many of the problems disappeared but something else happened. A pop up appeared warning of an impending automatic update to Windows 10. If not attended to, then ones computer would try upgrade without ones consent!

This was especially problem for people who habitually leave their PC on overnight. The warning would come up, go unheeded, and next morning Windows 10 would be in place!

Until recently, no problem. If the upgrade caused problems then it could be reversed.

This week though, a couple of upgrades have left the computer completely unusable! For this reason I suggest that upgrading to 10 be postponed.


There is a tool which can prevent, temporarily or permanently, the automatic upgrade to Windows 10.

Go to: www.a222.co.uk/never10.exe - this will download a little program to your computer. It is called Never10.

Run this program, click "Disable Win10 Upgrade", exit and restart your computer.

This should prevent any unsolicited upgrades.  

(I add this caveat in case Microsoft make changes to the automatic upgrade procedure).

The process is reversible if an upgrade to 10 is required in the future.

Never10 may prompt you to install a new version of Windows Update. If it does then go along with whatever it suggests then run Never10 again afterwards.

A further post will be issued once more information is forthcoming.


If you've already been upgraded then you do not need to take any action.


Windows XP or Vista uses are not affected - but may face greater problems! Please contact A222 if you are still using these systems.

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