As expected, Microsoft has again ramped-up the pressure for Windows 7 and 8.1 users to install the Windows 10 upgrade. In fact, if you miss the opportunity to say no to the download of Windows 10, you'll find yourself faced with a message asking if you're ready to use Windows 10. If that's you - what now?
First, don't panic. If you're using Windows 8.1, allowing Windows 10 to install is probably the best choice. If you're using Windows 7 and like it and just want to stay put, there are a few things that can be done.
Understand you never have to upgrade your Windows 7 or 8.1 computer to Windows 10. Windows 7 will be fully supported with security updates into 2020, and Windows 8 into 2025.
If you're on Windows 7, the Windows Updates settings can be changed to stop the automatic download and installation of Windows 10. Here's how to do that: http://www.howtogeek.com/228551/how-to-stop-windows-7-or-8-from-downloading-windows-10-automatically/
If you want to try Windows 10, however, do allow the installation to finish. But look here first, and take the necessary steps: http://cathycom.blogspot.com/…/10-things-to-think-about-bef…
If somehow, Windows 10 did install (it can't without you saying "Yes" multiple times), you have 30 days to revert to Windows 7 (or 8.1). Want help? Please ask. No panic necessary.
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