Managing the Windows 10 Free Upgrade Promotion

In Jan. 2016, prompts for Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer began appearing on devices running Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1 Pro, even when joined to an Active Directory domain. Organizations not ready or willing to take advantage of the upgrade offer on devices running these OSs can take proactive steps to disable the prompt and prevent users from upgrading before application and device compatibility has been assessed. The prompt is not offered to devices running Windows Enterprise edition, older versions of Windows, or embedded versions of Windows.

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