At the moment, there's a lot of people who are very, very frustrated with Microsoft and their insistence that you should upgrade your computer to Windows 10.
If you're considering updating to Windows 10, hurry up, because after July, it will cost you.
If you don't want to upgrade, and you feel like Microsoft are tricking you into doing it, there is a way around it. There's two ways to do it, and one is more straightforward than the other.
The Easy Way To Stop The Windows 10 Upgrade
If you don't want to jump through all the hoops that Microsoft put in front of you (they've made the process of saying 'no' rather confusing), you can install a third party app.
If you want to block Windows 10 from being added to your computer, have a look at Never10, which is very simple to use. If you want more control and something you can tailor a bit more, have a look at GWX Control Panel.
Basically, both of these will block the Windows 10 update, but won't stop anything else from updating.
How To Stop The Windows 10 Upgrade Yourself
The dialogue boxes that pop-up for Windows 10 on your computer have been confusing if you want to reject Microsoft's offer.
Opt-out links have been buried and hidden, and the text has been ambiguous to say the least.
First thing you need to know - if you click the red box in the upper right-hand corner of a dialogue box, it will opt you IN for the upgrade.
Normally, that closes a box, but not here. Yes, we know it goes against everything you know about Windows, but that's what we're dealing with here.
In the dialogue boxes and options, you need to keep an eye out for text that says: "Click here to change upgrade schedule or cancel scheduled upgrade."
In one dialogue box, it says 'Click here to reschedule or cancel'.
In that pop-up, when you get it on your computer, hit that 'here' link to reschedule or cancel.
One of the things that's been irritating, is that a lot of the options to cancel or reschedule have been appearing when you're in bed, or away from your computer.
There's also a 15 minute countdown being offered, where you can change your mind - again, not much use if it appears while you're somewhere else.
REMEMBER - DON'T HIT ANY RED BOXES WHILE YOU DO THIS OR YOU'LL OPT YOURSELF 'IN' AGAIN.
To opt out of Windows 10, you'll need to click the "cancel scheduled upgrades" link.
You can see it blue, below.
At this point, you might get a pop-up that says "you signed up for Windows 10, and it's ready!", but don't panic, as it should also include a link that allows you to 'reschedule' or 'cancel'.
How To Hide Notifications If Windows 10 Keeps Pestering Me
There's no point hiding notifications unless you've cancelled the upgrade.
Microsoft's reminders will probably persist until July 29th, which is the cut-off of it being given away for free, but it is pretty simple to stop them pestering you.
On the Taskbar, right-click and hold, and then select Properties. There, you'll see a notification area, and hit Customize.
Somewhere in the Notification Area Icons window, you'll see the GWX/Get Windows 10 icon - select Hide icon and notifications.
My Computer Upgraded To Windows 10 And I Want To Put It Back
If you wake up one morning and you find you've suddenly got Windows 10, or indeed, if it upgraded in the last 30 days, you're good.
All you have to do is open the Start menu and click Settings, then hit Update & Security, and then Recovery.
Hopefully, you'll see an option that says "Go back to Windows 7" or "Go back to Windows 8.1".
You'll know what to do from there.