Neels Venter showed interest in information technology after completing his degree at the University of Pretoria. In 1994 he started Universal Information Technologies with his business partner Pieter du Plooy. Analysis of information technology needs in a business, identifying risks and addressing them, forms part of his set of skills. He has vast knowledge in the information technology field specializing in security, risk analysis, communication and server configurations. He is solution driven and a realist, which make him a strong asset in providing solutions and project management.




Windows 10 is the best, most secure Windows ever – and it’s easy to get your free upgrade. If you’re a Windows 7 or 8.1 customer, be sure to complete your upgrade before the free upgrade offer expires on July 29, 2016.

Even if this upgrade is free for now, upgrading to Windows 10 should be a personal choice. Microsoft is busy pushing Windows 10 upon millions of unsuspecting Windows 7 and Windows 8 users.

Windows 10 Upgrade Schedule


Hide the upgrade notification

If you haven’t registered for and claimed your Windows 10 upgrade, you can hide the upgrade notification.

Click on the show hidden icons arrow, and click Customize

Upgrade Notification


Right-click the Taskbar, and then select Properties. On the Taskbar tab, go down to the Notification area and select Customize.

Taskbar Properties


In the Notification Area Icons window, for the GWX (Get windows 10) icon, select Hide icon and notifications.

GWX Hide


Changing your scheduled upgrade

The above measures only work if you haven’t registered for and scheduled your update.

To change your scheduled upgrade, use the Get Windows 10 (GWX) app to follow these steps.

First close all open GWX dialogs, then relaunch the GWX app by clicking the Windows icon at the bottom of your screen:

If you don’t want to schedule your upgrade, click the link to “change upgrade schedule or cancel scheduled upgrade”. Then select the Cancel scheduled upgrade option on the following screen.

Upgrade Icon

There you can Cancel the scheduled upgrade.

WX Upgrade 1 WX Upgrade 2


Prevent Windows 10 Upgrade

There are also a couple of good user friendly 3rd party tools to assist you in managing your Windows 10 upgrade.


One such a tool is Never 10. Never 10 is an easy to use utility which gives users control over whether their Windows 7 or 8.1 will upgrade itself to Windows 10.

Many users of Windows 7 and 8.1 are happy with their current version of Windows, and have no wish to upgrade to Windows 10.

Never10 offers a convenient way to implement Microsoft’s instructions. It is free, and may be downloaded from the website of Gibson Research Corporation.

Never10 – can be downloaded here and its key quality is simplicity. The app is tiny (85kb) and only needs to be run once. You get the option to ‘Remove Win10 files’ and this tweaks your registry to always reject Windows 10 upgrade attempts. As a bonus it also deletes the 6GB+ of secret Windows 10 installation files every Windows 7 and Windows 8 has hidden on their computer.


As Never10 explains this program will keep working as long as Microsoft obeys its own rules: “Never10 is relying upon Microsoft to obey their own provided settings, which they created a special update to Windows Update to provide. And they buried those settings where no ‘regular user’ would ever find them. Corporations the world over are relying upon those settings to prevent unwanted upgrading of their existing systems. There is just no chance that Microsoft would ever choose to deliberately bypass the express desire of their users by ignoring their own registry settings. It’s not impossible, but it’ll never happen.”


A second option is GWX Control Panel:

GWX Control Panel – can be downloaded here. It is a program which can run in the background and continually monitors your system for signs an attempt to upgrade your computer to Windows 10 might begin. It also updates regularly. You can also download a standalone version of the GWX Control Panel.

GWX Control Panel


Universal Information Technologies


Do you want to understand more about how to upgrade to Windows 10 or NOT? Contact Universal Information Technologies for assistance. We have more than 20 years IT experience and will be able to assist you in this process.


We physically service the whole South Africa, and can remotely assist you, wherever you are in the world. We are actively servicing clients in all major centre’s in South Africa like Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and in all nine provinces –  Gauteng, Free State, Western Cape, Northern Cape, Northern Province, Mpumalanga, North West, Eastern Cape and Kwazulu Natal.


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