Preventing Windows 10 Installation

Like others, I have completely functional computers running Windows 7 that I do not want upgraded to Windows 10. Among other things, there is is no guarantee that everything will work or that there will be drivers for all the various types of hardware used by the computer.

I do have some computers using Windows 10. But the bottom line is that I want the operating system to be my choice, not Microsoft’s.

Figuring out how to disable a Windows 10 installation can be a giant puzzle if you consult Microsoft. Fortunately, Steve Gibson — original founder of Spinrite for you older users — has provided a free, simple utility, to stop the Windows 10 march into automatic installation.

Go to this page:
grc.com/never10.htm

Download the file and run. It will tell you if Windows 10 installation is enabled or not and give you the option to decide what you want to happen — install or not install.

If your operating system has already downloaded Windows 10 files, the Never 10 program will detect them and offer to remove them. Removing them can free up to 6 gigs of space.

I’ve run Never 10 on several computers with no ill effects. Having been a long-time fan of Steve Gibson, I also have confidence that this free utility is harmless.

Let’s Encrypt on Dreamhost

There’s an increasing push to have all websites use https instead of http. Htttps creates a secure connection between the browser and the web server.

A new initiative called Let’s Encrypt (letsencrypt.org) is providing free https certificates.

Dreamhost has jumped on the bandwagon and made it very easy to add a certificate from Let’s Encrypt. Through the domain’s control panel there is a special feature and form that takes mere minutes to complete and from there everything is automatic. Very slick, very cool.

If running a WordPress site, beware that you might have to make a few changes in the WordPress settings section for the site’s URL.

Additionally, it might be necessary to add a line or two to the .htaccess file in the website’s root directory. This is not a huge ordeal, but you need to know what to add and where and how to get to the .htaccess file to edit.

Nevertheless, if your site is on Dreamhost, check into this fantastic free feature from Dreamhost and Let’s Encrypt.

— Bruce