Changing Your Default Browser in Windows 10

First – in many ways I actually like Microsoft’s new internet browser, Edge. It certainly is an improvement over the now retried, Internet Explorer. However Edge is a browser still in its infancy – which can make using it frustrating at times. The additional problem here is that Edge is the default browser in Windows 10.

Because Edge is the default browser in Windows 10 many people are running the browser, and many of them might run it only because Microsoft has made it the Windows 10 default. You might be one of them.

In this article, I will outline the reasons you may want to switch from Edge to Chrome (my favorite), Firefox, Opera or another browser, and then show how you can replace Edge with any browser of your choice as your default.

One last note before we dive in: Even if you’ve previously set up another browser to be your default, it might have been changed since then. When there’s a major Windows 10 upgrade, the upgrade recommends switching to Edge, and you might have inadvertently made the switch.

Whatever the reason, though, if Edge is your Windows 10 browser, it’s easy to switch.

Why edge away from Edge?

There are plenty of reasons to move to a different browser. Start off with extensions — or more precisely, the lack of them. Edge was finally given extension support in August 2016, but even now the number of extensions is embarrassingly low — only about 65 as I write this. Chrome and Firefox each have thousands of extensions and add-ons. So if you want to improve your browser with add-ons and extensions, Edge isn’t the way to go.

If you’re a fan of Gmail, Edge isn’t the browser for you, either. Edge won’t display the Google Inbox, which is a far more efficient way to manage mail than the default Gmail interface.

Edge also has a number of awkward or just plain weird behavioral quirks. Open a new tab, for example, and there’s no address bar on it. To visit or URL or do a search, you have to type them into the search box. But when you’re visiting a site, you use the address bar. Speaking of the address bar, it doesn’t show the protocol being used on a web site, such as http or https. True, it shows a lock icon for https sites, but it’s nice to be able to see the entire address including the protocol, rather than having to look for a lock icon.

Finally, you might not want to use Edge for aesthetic reasons. Not everyone is a fan of its stripped-down look or the way it handles bookmarks and your history list — they are difficult to find, hidden under hard-to-decipher icons in out-of-the-way places. And even when you get to them, it’s not at all clear how to perform common tasks, such as adding folders or reorganizing Favorites.

How to designate another browser as your default

If you decide you want to switch to another browser as your default, it’s easy to do. You’ll need to first install the other browser on your system. After that’s done, click the Windows 10 Start button and click the Settings icon that appears on the left-hand side of the screen. (It looks like a little gear.) You can also type “settings” into the search box and click the Settings result that appears at the top of the screen.

In the Settings app screen, you’ll take one of two actions depending on what version of Windows 10 you’re using. If you’ve upgraded to the Windows 10 Creators Update, which was released in April 2017, select Apps > Default apps. If you haven’t yet upgraded to the Windows 10 Creators Update, you won’t see an Apps icon on the Settings screen. Instead, select Settings > System > Default apps.

On the Default apps screen, you’ll see the default apps for email, maps, playing music, viewing photos and videos, and more. To change the default browser, you’ll have to scroll down to the bottom of your screen.

When you get to the bottom of the screen, you’ll see Microsoft Edge under the “Web browser” listing. Click the Microsoft Edge icon and you’ll see a pop-up with a list of your installed browsers.

(Side note: The pop-up also has a “Look for an app in the Store” option, but if you click it, you won’t find Chrome, Firefox, Opera or any other browser you’ve likely ever heard of. Clicking it launches a search of the Windows App Store for the term “http,” which turns up a motley collection of apps, from file downloaders to an app that dims your Windows background to make it easier to view videos. There are also some little-known browsers listed, such as AeroBrowse and BlueSky Browser. Try them out if you like, but keep in mind that they’re Windows Store apps, and as a general rule, Windows Store apps are underpowered compared to desktop apps like Chrome, Firefox and Opera.)

Click the browser that you’d like to be your default browser. As you’ll see when you click it, Microsoft doesn’t particularly want you to switch. A screen appears asking you to stay with Edge.

Click “Switch anyway,” and your new browser will now be the default. No need to restart; your work is done.

Patch Tuesday Brings Several Windows 10 Updates

Starting today Microsoft is rolling out a brand new cumulative update for Windows 10 that brings several new security updates and under the hood improvements and fixes. These updates are rolling out today as part of “Patch Tuesday”.

Patch Tuesday Updates for Windows 10 (Build 15063.540)

The updates include:

  • Addressed issue where the policies provisioned using Mobile Device Management (MDM) should take precedence over policies set by provisioning packages.
  • Addressed issue where the Site to Zone Assignment List group policy (GPO) was not set on machines when it was enabled.
  • Addressed issue where the AppLocker rules wizard crashes when selecting accounts.
  • Addressed issue where the primary computer relationship is not determined when you have a disjoint NetBIOS domain name for your DNS Name. This prevents folder redirection and roaming profiles from successfully blocking your profile or redirects folders to a non-primary computer.
  • Addressed issue where an access violation in the Mobile Device Manager Enterprise feature causes stop errors.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Windows Search Component, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Windows PDF Library, Windows Hyper-V, Windows Server, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Windows Subsystem for Linux, Windows shell, Common Log File System Driver, Internet Explorer, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.

Microsoft provides one known issue for the cumulative update rolling out today: Installing this KB (4034674) may change Czech and Arabic languages to English for Microsoft Edge and other applications.

The update is rolling out to everyone on the stable version of the Windows 10 Creators Update (including Insider Release Preview) right now under the name KB4034674. Users on the Anniversary Update, November Update and original Windows 10 release are also receiving cumulative updates today too.

Windows 10 Shines with These 11 New Features

K – I admit it. I am a Windows 10 apologist. I believe Windows 10 is the future of the modern operating system. Although there is still much to improve Windows 10 is well on it’s way to being the first truly modern operating system. I can prove this by talking a little bit about 11 great new featured brought to us bu Windows 10.


Groove Music Player

It looks like Microsoft will compete with Apple’s Garageband home music creation software with a new Groove Music Maker app. The sizzle reel showed an app for mixing instrumental and vocal tracks, plus apply basic effects like reverb.

A Better Windows Defender

Microsoft has been focused heavily on improving the security of Windows 10, and it looks like that’s getting a further upgrade with a redesigned Windows Defender coming in the Creators Update.

In addition to virus protection, the app also includes firewall and network protection, computer performance and health, and family safety features.

Rich Tab Previews with Edge

Microsoft Edge will get a feature designed to make it easier to flip through a bunch of browser tabs. The video shows a user able to scroll through a horizontal carousel of rich tab previews that show the contents of pages before they’re opened.

Tabs in Edge

In a similar tab management vein, Edge will also get a feature that looks like a way for users to save their browser tabs to access later. It’s reminiscent of features like Apple’s Reading List in Safari, which also lets users keep a list of articles and sites they want to hold on to for later.

Collections of Maps

Microsoft’s Maps app is getting a new section called Collections, which appear to be exactly what they sound like — groupings of places. It also seems like there will be some mechanism in the app for sharing those collections between friends, but it’s not immediately clear how that will work.

New Live Tiles

The new Start menu shows a new Cortana live tile, along with an icon for a Battery Level Live tile.

The former seems like a good way for people to get contextual information from Microsoft’s virtual assistant, and the latter seems like a useful tool for people with laptops and tablets.

Customizing Accent Colors

People who want to further customize the way Windows looks will be able to pick from a full palette of accent colors, rather than the handful of swatches that Microsoft allows today. It also looks like Windows will tell users when the color they picked might be unreadable.

Windows Store

It looks like the Windows Store will get support for selling in-app purchases directly from its home screen. Microsoft is showing both Minecraft IAPs and digital items from League of Legends in this screenshot, which could mean that there’s a partnership afoot between the two firms.

That would make sense, considering that Windows and Devices Group chief Terry Myerson name-checked the League of Legends World Championship on stage at the event on Wednesday.

Gaming Limits – Yes Gaming Limits

It looks like the Windows Store will get support for selling in-app purchases directly from its home screen. Microsoft is showing both Minecraft IAPs and digital items from League of Legends in this screenshot, which could mean that there’s a partnership afoot between the two firms.

That would make sense, considering that Windows and Devices Group chief Terry Myerson name-checked the League of Legends World Championship on stage at the event on Wednesday.

Better Quick Actions

 It looks like the Action Center, which houses notifications and quick access to settings, will also start giving users the chance to get access to files they have been working with on other devices.

It seems like an attempt to better compete with Apple’s Continuity features in MacOS and iOS, which also let people pick up where they left off on their iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and Macs.

The State of Windows 10 – Post Microsoft’s Free Upgrade Offer

Yesterday the free upgrade offer for Windows 7 and 8.1 users ended. The infamous Get Windows 10 app will be removed from Windows 7 and 8.1 systems and the steady stream of reminders will fade into our collective history.

The next phase of this process will probably be the uproar from users who will state that they never heard about the free upgrade offer. They will express their dismay about missing the upgrade opportunity and share their frustration at Microsoft for ending the unprecedented offer in the first place.

There is no doubt that this will happen because that is exactly what occurred when Microsoft ended the special $15 and $40 upgrades to Windows 8 a few years ago.

If history repeats itself, those users who were flabbergasted to find out they missed out on a free upgrade will likely stay put with their current operating system and postpone the move to Windows 10 until they buy their next desktop, laptop or tablet.

A few might even choose to invest in a retail license and pay $119 for a Windows Home upgrade or $199 for an upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. However, I do wonder about those who knew about the free upgrade and did not take it. I know I recommended this countless time right here – on this fine technology blog. Who says no to free money and a modern, secure operating system at the same time?


Moving forward to next week, on August 2, 2016, the second major update to Windows 10 gets released – the Anniversary Update.

Let’s take a look at the future of Windows 10.

The first thing to know is that you can fully expect Windows 10 to continue to be supported by Microsoft under the Windows as a Service approach which means a regular flow of monthly updates to address security, performance and bugs in this latest version of the operating system.

In fact, based on a couple of cumulative updates that have been released for Windows 10 Build 14393, we already know there will be an update available right alongside of the Anniversary Update when it is first delivered to users on August 2nd.

Also be aware that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will not be an instantaneous roll out. There are over 350 million devices running Windows 10 according to Microsoft, so that means the roll out will be staggered over time.

For the impatient and advanced users among you, there is an alternative to waiting. Microsoft has confirmed that the Media Creation Tool will be available on August 2, 2016, along with the Anniversary Update release build so users will be able to use that to get an ISO, perform an in-place upgrade or create installation media for a clean install for their systems. I will write more about this feature and how to accomplish it soon.

Windows Insiders – Our Mission Continues

Once everyone is settled into the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the next step that will be on the minds of Windows Insiders is the next stage of the program. That means testing development builds for Redstone 2 – the next major update for Windows 10 which is expected sometime in the Spring of 2017.

So when will that first Fast Ring build for Redstone 2 arrive?

After the initial release of Windows 10 and its first major update last November, it took three and four weeks for Microsoft to prepare and issue the first testing build of the next update. I believe that we will see that first Redstone 2 build in the month of August.

Windows 10 is the last version of Microsoft’s operating system and that means that Windows will be continually developed and built. Think of it as a upgrade constantly in motion. Very exciting. 

Windows 10 Free Offer Set to Expire

My friends there are only 4 days left to accept Microsoft’s free Windows 10 offer. After that upgrading will cost you, although I am not yet sure how much Microsoft will charge.
One thing is for certain, upgrading after July 29 will be much more than “free”.
There has been much bad press with Windows 10. In fact the bad press, much of it deserved began with the release of Windows 8 in the fall of 2012. However looking back is unwise. Windows 10 has actually developed into a very good operating system, especially if your PC is relatively new. My recommendation is that if your PC is less then 2 years old I would upgrade to Windows 10 for free, unless you have something unique running on your computer. Gamers should also be a little cautious in respect to moving to Windows 10.
Here are some reasons I believe upgrading to Windows 10 would be a wise choice.
1. Free upgrade. This is pretty simple.  Windows 10 is the best version of Windows thus far and has the highest customer satisfaction to date. This is also the final version of Windows.  And the best part is that all future updates will be free for the life of the computer.
2. Free Windows 10 Anniversary Update.  Update before the July 29th and you will be eligible for the Anniversary update on August 2 as well.  This update will vastly improve the current Windows 10.
3. Free Inspiron. Microsoft will give you a free Inspiron 15 laptop from Dell if they can’t update your laptop to Windows 10 with same-day service.
4. Cortana. Now you can have a personal assistant on your computer that is ready to inform you of the latest news, remind you of events and even tell if rain is on the way. You can simply speak of type your command and Cortana will come to respond in kind.
5. Continuum. This nifty feature allows Windows 10 users (who use tablet based system) to easily switch between a tablet and desktop view by simply disconnecting the keyboard from the tablet.  This allows for a more intuitive operating experience.
6. Superior Protection. Windows 10 is much more secure than Windows 7 or 8 thanks to Windows Defender, Windows Passport, and Windows Hello.  All of which are included free when you upgrade.
7. Enhanced Productivity.  Users can use Microsoft Edge (replacement for Internet Explorer) and Cortana to experience voice control, search, and garner personalized information. Users can use Edge to annotate web pages.  Annotations can then be stored on OneDrive and be used with other users.
8. DirectX 12. DirectX 12 will only be available with the Windows 10 upgrade. This is a must for hardcore PC gamers as it reduces power consumption and provides support for powerful graphics cards.
9. Xbox Compatibility.  Windows 10 will come with the Xbox app that allows for messaging across the systems, streaming Xbox games to your computer, and even playing certain games straight from your computer.
10. Powerful Utility Tools. Windows 10 bundled with extra tools that support activities such as easy version history recovery, quick and easy storage management, and natural language search. Windows power users will love such bonuses as Linux’s Bash shell, enhanced aero snap/ snap assist, virtual desktops and OneDrive Fetch.
So far, recent estimates show that more than 350 million people have upgraded to Windows 10.  However, this number falls considerably short of Microsoft’s goal to have 1 billion.  The countdown is on and there are still a few more days left.

Windows 10 Anniversary Edition Gets a Date

Today Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be available to the general public on August 2.

The blog post didn’t provide any new details other than the headline with the date, so it was likely posted earlier than intended. However it is well known that update was due to be released by the end of the summer, so the August 2nd date makes sense.


Originally announced at this year’s Build conference, the Anniversary Update includes a large suite of new tools for Windows 10 users. Most exciting perhaps is a revamped set of stylus features with Windows Ink and the new Ink Workspace, which includes improved Sticky Notes with Cortana support, and a whiteboard & screen capture tool that you can get to from any app.

There are also a new set of API’s (application programming interface) allowing apps to better take advantage of inking tools, including a awesome new ruler than can be programmed into any UWP (universal windows platform) app.

This is also an important update for developers thanks to a native implementation of Ubuntu Bash, allowing Linux code to run natively right on top of Windows. For the first time, Windows has a real Unix terminal.


There are too many changes to list, but here are some notable ones:

  • The start menu has gotten a cleaner, more sensible redesign. (pictured above)
  • There’s a dark mode for all deppresives
  • Skype has a UWP app
  • Biometric authentication (Windows Hello) can be used to sign into apps and websites
  • Cortana can be augmented through apps and bots
  • Cortana can send notifications from your phone (even Android ones) to your PC, Apple Continuity style. Windows {hone users can answer phone calls on their PCs
  • Cortana works even when you’re logged out
  • You can finally switch between virtual desktops with a single gesture (a four-finger swipe)
  • Some UI refreshments and new icons
  • Notifications can now include images and more detail
  • Taskbar icons for UWP apps can show notification counts and other badges
  • Microsoft Edge finally has support for extensions, as well as gestures for navigating back and forward

Those of us who are Windows Insiders have been beta-testing the Anniversary Update since its announcement. The last couple of builds have been particularly stable so it seems Microsoft just has to just put some polish on it before August 2.

Should You Upgrade to Windows 10 While It is Free?

Microsoft’s Windows 10 offer was one of the most unprecedented offers Microsoft made in the past few years. Typically, Microsoft would offer Windows updates to users via servicing packs and patch updates for free for the lifetime of the OS, then give consumers the opportunity to pay for updates to the new OS. Of course, most consumers typically stuck to the old version of the OS with updates only happening when people got new PCs/Tablets when their old one broke.

With Microsoft’s Windows 10 update, all that’s changed. Now the new update is being offered for free to users on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices. Over 300 million have already upgraded to Windows 10 and use it daily, so Microsoft’s off to a good start. With the free upgrade period coming to a close on July 29, some users of Microsoft’s older OS may be unsure of what to do.

Unless your PC is more then 3 or 4 years old I would take Microsoft up on their offer and here are a few reasons why.

Windows 10 Apps

Typically people who are against upgrading to Windows 10 often cite this as a reason not to update. Some believe that “apps” are useless and should be confined to the realm of the smartphone or tablet. After all, the browser can do everything for you, with little or no fuss. That may be true to some extent, but Universal Windows apps offer value for users who choose to use them.


I use the USA Today App everyday and the Netflix, Hulu, WatchESPN ESPN & NFL apps are top of the line. The Windows 10 App Store does have a way to go – but it is a far better experience then what we had with Windows 8. I look for this to continue to improve.


Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 integrated heavily with Windows Phone , sharing tabs in internet explorer, apps in the app store, theme colours, and more. In Windows 10, not only is Microsoft deepening the integration, but they are also adding in support for more phones on other operating systems. Take an iPhone for example, if you add Cortana, OneDrive, Groove Music and the office apps to it, you can share data between your devices quickly and easily. An Android phone can be even more easily integrated, allowing you to share text messages and notifications through the cloud using Cortana. If you don’t particularly care which phone you use, a Windows phone offers near the same functionality as a Windows 10 PC would provide you in the new universal environment. In essence, you get a great amount of compatibility between your phone and your PC that no other OS offers.

Updates Forever

Windows 10 comes with the promise of more free updates from Microsoft as long as your device can handle it. Microsoft defines Windows 10 as an OS that is never really “finished” in terms of features and stability fixes. For example, Windows 10 launched in July and received a huge update in November 2015 (The November Update), it is due another update in July (The Anniversary Update) and will most likely end up with a cycle of 2 major updates a year. That’s two updates that add more features to your computer for free. If you update to Windows 10 today, you don’t have to pay for any other Windows updates – if you don’t, you do.


Microsoft’s Cortana is an experience that debuted on Windows Phone 8.1 devices about 2 years ago. Shortly after that, the firm began work on migrating the Cortana experience to Windows 10 PCs and other devices. Cortana provides on Windows 10 a well-rounded experience, allowing you to type or speak commands into it through the search box experience.

As someone who predominately uses Cortana by typing, it is very much like a command line interface for those who don’t like using the command line. The best thing about Cortana is that it remains synced between all your devices and actively works to tie your devices together allowing you to send text messages via Cortana, make cross-device reminders or even sync your notifications.

New is Good

Let’s face it, Windows 7 looks dated and Windows 8.1 has a very divisive user interface. With Windows 10 for PCs, Microsoft draws inspiration from their much-lauded (design wise) mobile OS. There’s a new action center which handles all your notifications, a unification of the Windows 10 universal app with “classic” Windows apps via use of “windows” and a more standardized design language.

There are more customization options like the native Windows spotlight service which you have a different lockscreen wallpaper everyday and apps like Dynamic theme having the ability to pull down background images from the service of your choice.

If Windows 10 is slicker, prettier, freer and just better than older versions of Windows, why are people still resisting the update? Now, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for Windows 10, as with any other OS, there are concerns about updating the OS. People may just dislike the changes, Microsoft’s new integrated servicing model may tick power-users the wrong way and Microsoft’s heavy-handed tactics in downloading the Windows 10 update on older PCs may have turned some people off.

Windows 10 Battles Bloatware

Yesterday Microsoft released a free tool for Windows 10 that scrubs PCs of the “bloatware” – also commonly known as “crapware”. Bloatware is all of that unwanted software that a new computer almost always comes with.

Refresh Windows must be downloaded from Microsoft’s website, currently works only on preview builds of 10, those seeded to participants of the Insider program. Since Insider is a precursor to the production code, the tool should be usable by owners of systems upgraded to the Anniversary Update, version 1607, which is slated to ship next month.

At the moment, the tool can be downloaded via a link embedded in a long message on Microsoft’s support forum; the message appears in Edge after clicking a new link in the Settings panel under the “Update & Security” item’s “Recovery” option.

refresh windows

The Refresh Windows tool lets Windows 10 users install a recent, pristine copy of the operating system on their PC, eliminating all applications — including pre-loaded ‘crapware’ — but retaining the personal files already on the drive.

According to the forum message — which was penned by a Microsoft employee identified only as “Jason” — Refresh Windows downloads and installs a recent, pristine build of Windows 10 on the PC, overwriting the pre-installed version.

More importantly, all non-Microsoft applications that were bundled or already installed on Windows 10 — the exception include the Mail email client and the Edge browser — are eliminated during the refresh. “It will also remove most pre-installed applications such as OEM applications, support applications, and drivers,” wrote Jason. The term “OEM” (original equipment manufacturers) refers to computer makers such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo.

For that reason, Refresh Windows would be best used immediately after purchasing a new Windows 10 system, and before the buyer installed any software on the machine.

Users of Refresh Windows may choose to retain their personal files — those stashed in the core folders such as “Pictures” and “Documents” — or wipe everything from the drive. In all cases, they will have to reinstall applications, including Microsoft Office and third-party programs, and probably download and install new device drivers, either through Windows Update or from the individual websites of the PC maker, graphics card manufacturer and the like.

As of yesterday, Refresh Windows worked only on Insider build 14342 or later. Microsoft issued build 14342 on May 26, but has followed with several since then, most recently on Thursday with build 14677. Assuming Microsoft follows through, the tool will work with the production code set ship in July, which means this promising tool will be available to all Windows 10 users later this summer.

Windows users have long been able to reach the same result by downloading a clean disk image of Windows, then installing that on a crapware-filled PC. But that approach has been largely used by experienced hands: Refresh Windows still requires much manual work in re-installing deleted apps, but it automates the process somewhat by taking care of the image downloading.

For that reason, Refresh Windows should appeal to a regular, non technical Windows 10 users.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Install Deception

The ironic part of this story is that I actually like Windows 10 – alot. However there are many reason while someone may not want Windows 10 on their computer just yet. Sadly Microsoft is really trying to make this a all Windows 10 world – and the world is simply not ready yet.

Again – Windows 10 – in the right place – on the right device is awesome, however it not appears Microsoft is attempting to confuse the normal consumer so badly that Windows 10 will one day just appear on their PC.

Here is what is happening friends.

Microsoft is certainly not winning people over with the way in which it is pushing Windows 10 down users’ throats, and things have just got worse. It seems the company is making a series of final pushes before the free upgrade offer ends on July 29, but it also seems that Microsoft’s zealotry concerning Windows 10 is simply losing fans.

What some people have called harassment started back in October 2015 when consumers complained that just saying NO to a Windows 10 upgrade was becoming a difficult and irksome task indeed. At the time Microsoft said that the upgrade would come as a ‘recommended update’ for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, although, according to a spokesperson for Microsoft, “Windows Update settings are configured to accept ‘Recommended’ updates”. This was perhaps sneaky, but entirely expected.

It seems that wasn’t enough though, and just lately Microsoft stooped to a new low by making the red x on the Windows screen – the x we all know will close the window  – to mean the same as ‘OK’, I want to upgrade to Windows 10. For all intents and purposes this is an act of deception, something we might expect to happen when we’re trying to watch the latest blockbuster movie online for free, but not when we’re dealing with our trusted and loyal friend Microsoft.

In its own fairly weak defense Microsoft said that the upgrade could be cancelled. Perhaps, but only after an unwitting user had fallen inside a trap that had been laid.

So just when we thought Microsoft might be feeling a little repentant after being roundly criticized for their deception, the company seems to have taken its wily ways a little further. So much so that one of the best-known tech writers following Microsoft, and co-host of Windows Weekly, Paul Thurrott, called the move “indefensible” and said that the entire debacle concerning the upgrade push has now undermined Windows 10.

If you do not want Windows 10 just yet I highly recommend Steve Gibson’s “Never Windows 10” application.

Stopping Windows 10

First I must say I am a fan of Windows 10 however there are many out there who are simply not ready to replace the excellent and comfortable Windows 7 with 10. Windows 10 is going to be an excellent operating system but there is no mistaking that many are simply not ready for it. If you are among these PC users check this out.
A new free tool, dubbed Never10, provides the user a one-click solution to disable Windows 10 upgrade until the user explicitly gives permission to install Windows 10.
Never10 has been developed by Steve Gibson, the well-known software developer and founder of Gibson Research, which is why the tool is also known as “Gibson’s Never10.”
How to Disable Windows 10 Upgrade on Your PCs
  1. Go to Gibson’s Never10 official site and click on the Download.
  2. Once downloaded, the program detects if the upgrade to Windows 10 is enabled or disabled on your system and then shows a pop-up. If enabled, Click ‘Disable Win10 Upgrade’ button.
  3. You’ll again see a pop-up that now shows Windows 10 upgrade is disabled on your system, with two buttons to ‘Enable Win10 Upgrade’ and ‘Exit.’ Click on Exit button.
That’s it, and you have successfully disabled Windows 10 Upgrade on your PC.
Here’s the kicker:
The best part of this tool is that you don’t have to install an application on your PC to do this. Gibson’s Never 10 is an executable. So you just need to run it, and it doesn’t install anything on your computer. You can delete it when you’re done.

“The elegance of this ‘Never 10’ utility is that it does not install ANY software of its own. It simply and quickly performs the required system editing for its user,” Gibson writes on his page about the new utility.

According to Gibson, Never10 will be a great help to inexperienced users while advanced users will likely appreciate the fact that no additional software is installed and will be able to refer their family and friends to this easy-to-use utility.

For more technical details on how this tool works, you can head on to this link.

Unlike other available Windows 10 blocker tools, Never10 blocks the Windows 10 upgrade, but at the same time, the tool allows you to start the update process in case you change your mind, according to Windows watcher Paul Thurrott.
However, the primary purpose of Gibson’s Never10 is to prevent Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 operating system from being upgraded to Windows 10. As Gibson says:

“Many users of Windows 7 and 8.1 are happy with their current version of Windows and have no wish to upgrade to Windows 10.”

“There are many reasons for this, but among them is the fact that Windows 10 has become quite controversial due to Microsoft’s evolution of their Windows OS platform into a service which, among other things, aggressively monitors and reports on its users’ activities.”

Moreover, just a month ago, Microsoft was caught displaying unsolicited advertisements on its Windows 10 users’ desktops.
These reasons are enough for many users to stay on their previous versions of the Windows operating system.
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