Windows 7 is going out of support on 14th January 2020, but plenty of users are using it and have no plans to upgrade it. Microsoft is getting ready to end support for Windows 7, and will begin to push a series of messages to Windows 7 users by showing notifications about the support expiration. If your plan is to stay with Windows 7 instead of upgrading to Windows 10, here is how to get rid of the notifications.
Microsoft has released a new update to Windows 7 users. KB4493132 is responsible for displaying notifications that inform the user that it is time to go with Windows 10, and that there is a risk staying behind without important security updates. Here is how it looks.
The dialog includes the following text:
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 known can be difficult, that's why we're reaching out early to help you backup your files and prepare for what's next.
There is one option Do not remind me again that is designed to permanently hide the nag screen. You won't be upgraded to Windows 10 from within the notification unlike the earlier GWX notification.
Still, if you are concerned about such nags that Microsoft may try to repeatedly show, you need to block the patch KB4493132.
To Disable End of Support Notifications in Windows 7,
- Open the Control Panel.
- Press Ctrl+F or click in the search box.
- Type Windows Update and select the appropriate search result.
- If you see the update KB4493132 listed, right-click it and select Hide from the context menu.
This will prevent the update from being installed on your Windows 7 machine.
Now, let's see how to remove the update if you have it installed.
Remove the installed KB4493132 patch
- Open a new command prompt as Administrator.
- Type the following command:
wusa /uninstall /kb:4493132.
- The update is now uninstalled.
Note: Wusa.exe is the Windows Update Standalone Installer. The Wusa.exe file is in the %windir%\System32 folder. The Windows Update Standalone Installer uses the Windows Update Agent API to install and remove update packages.
Microsoft says the notification should appear only a handful number of times before support ends, while also providing an option, "Do not notify me again" for users not interested in upgrading to Windows 10. It is absolutely possible to continue using the older version of the OS without support. This change mostly affects home users and small companies. Enterprise customers can afford to pay for Windows 7 extended support and continue using it.