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Stop Windows 7 nagging you to upgrade

Still using Windows 7 and don’t want to upgrade just yet? Have software that was written specifically for Windows 7 and don’t want to pay to have it rewritten? There are many reasons why you may not want to upgrade to Windows 10 even though you should. If that’s the case then I’m going to show you how to turn off those annoying end of life popups.

New Jersey Computer Help would recommend every business upgrade to Windows 10 if at all possible. It is faster, more secure and much easier to use. That said, we do understand there may be situations where you might not want to upgrade. It is for those users that I write this post.

End of support notifications

As Windows 7 nears end of support, you will likely have begun to see popup notifications reminding you to upgrade. It’s a while until January 14 2020 which is the official end date for Windows 7 support and that’s a long time to put up with those nags.

The most common popup says:

‘After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is nearing the end.

January 14, 2020 is the last day Microsoft will offer security updates and technical support for computers running Windows 7. We know change can be difficult, that’s why we’re reaching out early to help you back up your files and prepare for what’s next.’

Here’s how to stop it.

You have two options depending on how many times you have seen the notification. The easiest is to check the box in the bottom left corner of the reminder that says ‘Do not remind me again’. This will stop this particular notification but may not stop others.

Your other option is to remove the Windows Update that enabled this notification in the first place, KB4493132. It installed back in March but wasn’t activated until April. That means you likely already have it installed, so let’s remove it.

  1. Open Control Panel and navigate to Programs.
  2. Select View Installed Updates and look for KB4493132.
  3. Select it and then select Uninstall at the top.

The specific behavior seems to vary. Officially, the notification is only supposed to appear once. We have heard of customers seeing it multiple times, so I’m not sure what’s going on. If you’re one of the latter, this should stop it nagging you to upgrade.

We appreciate that not every business can afford to upgrade all their computers to Windows 10 at once but you’re going to have to do it at some point. We would be happy to help you budget or plan a stepped upgrade project if you would like.

When you are ready to upgrade to Windows 10, the guys here at New Jersey Computer Help can help you with the process. We can install your new operating system and move all your data across. It’s all part of the service. Contact us when you’re ready to update!

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