Here’s how to restrict your computer from upgrading to Windows 11

According to the latest report, Windows 11 has many great new features, such as support for running Android apps, it also brings great changes in the appearance and feel of the operating system, especially it is the new centered taskbar “Start” menu. You may feel uncomfortable and unwilling to spend energy to relearn your working mode.

Microsoft will soon begin to push Windows 11 system updates to more Windows 10 users whose computers meet Microsoft’s hardware requirements, and the company may also force automatic installation and upgrades.

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If you want to make sure that your PC is not installed with Windows 11, here is a simple way to prevent your computer from upgrading to Windows 11.

Microsoft introduced a new TargetReleaseVersion specification in Windows 10 version 1803 or later, which allows you to set which version of the operating system you want to upgrade to or which version to maintain.

In order to prevent the new Windows 11 operating system from being automatically installed on your PC, you only need to do a bit of registry editing.

  • Right-click on the “Start” menu, press Run (R), type Regedit, and then press OK to enter the Registry Editor.

  • Navigate to the computer HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Policies Microsoft Windows Windows Update.

  • Create a new DWORD (32-bit) value called TargetReleaseVersion and assign it to 1

  • Create another DWORD (32-bit) value named TargetReleaseVersionInfo and assign it to 21H1.

If you have Windows 10 Pro, you can do the same through the Group Policy Editor.

This registry option will still automatically update your computer to the latest version of the operating system provided by Microsoft 60 days after your current version of Windows stops supporting, but this may be a few years from now. By then, Microsoft may have all the defects of Windows 11 are fixed. Moreover, all registry edits must be at your own risk, and you need to be cautious when modifying the registry.

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