Microsoft will soon notify you to upgrade to Windows 10. For some, this is a huge annoyance.
Windows 7 show these messages?
Microsoft will maintain updated security patches for Windows 7 until January 14, 2020. That is the day Microsoft officially “died” Windows 7. After this date, Windows 7 will be “extended support.” Businesses can pay for additional support, but regular PCs will have no way of getting these security patches.
This also means that Windows 7 computer systems will be increasingly vulnerable to malware. Software developers will also leave and stop writing software for this platform.
Either way, you should upgrade to the latest operating system before January 14, 2020. However, you can still use Windows 7 and hide these messages until officially stopped supporting.
This time, Microsoft has let you hide the message.
How to turn off stop notifications on Windows 7?
Microsoft learned from previous lessons. Previously, the “Get Windows 10” messages (GWX) kept appearing, making users uncomfortable.
The message this time does not install any software into the system. The time has expired for users to upgrade Windows 10 for free, but there are still some ways to update if you learn them online.
These notifications will confirm that Windows 7 will no longer be supported until January 14, 2020, and provide a link to the Microsoft website with more information.
It is essential to have a “Do Not Remind Me Again” checkbox located at the bottom right of the window. If you tick this checkbox, Microsoft will not bother you anymore. Otherwise, if you don’t tick this checkbox and close the notification window, it will continue to display on the PC.
HowToGeek has found the active nature of this announcement. It is included in the update installation (C: Windows System32 sipnotify.exe) and is created a schedule displayed in the system. This is a significant improvement from Microsoft.
How to remove this message entirely on the system?
This notice is included in KB4493132 update. Your PC will automatically update via Windows Update on your PC if you enable this option. To stop this message from appearing, all you have to do is prevent it from installing this update or delete it if installed. This update is called “Windows 7 SP1 Support Notification“.
Microsoft released KB4493132 update on March 19, 2019. However, these announcements are “scheduled” until April 18, 2019.
To prevent installing this update, you can only choose not to install the update from Windows Update. You can hide it if you see it. If Windows 7 is set to install automatic updates, you can set it to notify you but do not install them, or uninstall after updating.
To hide the update, go to Control Panel -> System and Security -> Windows Update and click on the line showing the number of available updates. Then, right-click on KB4493132 if you see it in the list and select “Hide Update.”
If the PC has failed to install this update, you can uninstall it by going to Control Panel -> Programs -> View Installed Updates, going to KB4493132 (you can search by the box in the upper right corner ) and remove it.
However, you should not be too worried about it. This notification will only be available from April 18, and you can optionally turn them off permanently.
You should update to the latest Windows since January 14, 2020
No matter whether you are using stable Windows 7, we still recommend updating to newer Windows since January 14, 2020. By this day, Windows 7 will no longer be supported with security updates, making your PC more vulnerable to attack. Windows 10 is a newer and more secure operating system, even if Windows 7 is still receiving updates.
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There are still tips for updating Windows 10 for free. However, if you still using an old PC, you will have to consider spending a sum to buy a new PC running Windows 10 right away. If you don’t want to use Windows 10, you can also consider Chromebooks, Macs, iPads or install Linux on your current PC. Either way, we still recommend switching to an operating system platform that is yet supported by long-term updates to ensure your safety.