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Published on 06.19.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable Windows Anytime Upgrade

Learn how to disable Windows Anytime Upgrade in Windows 7.

By default Windows Anytime Upgrade is available for all administrators.

If you enable this policy setting, Windows Anytime Upgrade will not run.

If you disable this policy setting or set it to Not Configured, Windows Anytime Upgrade will run.

Disable Windows Anytime Upgrade

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Windows Anytime Upgrade in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Prevent Windows Anytime Upgrade from running in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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2 Responses to “Disable Windows Anytime Upgrade”

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  1. Aakash says:

    Will this remove the offers/links in the OS to upgrade to use Anytime Upgrade too? For example, there is a link on the lower left corner in the Windows Update window. There is also a link in the System window.

  2. Nick Smith says:

    No, it will not remove links.
    You have to edit resources files for that. Most likely MUI files.

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