Disabling Windows 10 OS Upgrades
As you might have heard, Microsoft is pushing the Windows 10 operating system upgrade through Windows Update. At first this was offered to home users and small business users that do not have domains. Microsoft has since changed the offering to include domain-joined eligible systems that use regular Windows Update for their updates. The upgrade first appeared under the “Optional” section in Windows Update. Now Microsoft has moved the upgrade to the “Recommended” classification. This means that users with automatic updates enabled might see the Windows 10 upgrade automatically initiate on their devices. But users will not be fully moved to Windows 10 unless they proactively choose to do so.
For now, there are a couple of exceptions to the upgrade push. Companies who are using Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 8.1 Enterprise editions, and all systems that receive updates from an administrator-managed patch platform, such as Microsoft’s own WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) and SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager), or third-party software like Kaseya which CTComp uses for its own systems as well as those of Patch Management customers.
For those who do not have the above exceptions and are not ready to upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft provides a way to globally block the workstation from receiving the upgrade and initiating the installation of Windows 10 using Group Policy. The Group Policy Object (GPO) pushes out a new registry key which disables OS upgrades through Windows Update.
If you would like CTComp to work with you on creating such a GPO in your environment, please contact the Service Department at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details.
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Let CTComp facilitate your Windows 10 upgrade. We will be able to move over applications, provide hardware upgrades, also provide a custom company configuration and provide a 3-hour intro to Windows 10 class to help make the transition over to Windows 10 as painless as possible. We will help ensure that your business does not miss a beat during this change. Training for Windows 10 can be provided on-site or at our facility. Our past customers who have used us to orchestrate their upgrade have had us host the affected employees at our facility for training while their workstations are being upgraded. So as soon as they get back to the office they will have some basic level knowledge of how the new OS works. Contact Us to discuss a tailored upgrade plan.
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