I came across a recently promoted utility called Never 10. It claims to easily and safely stop the regular reminders from Microsoft to upgrade to Windows 10. I checked out the reviews and all were positive. So I thought I’d give it a go.
The utility works by modifying the Windows Registry. Before doing this one is always recommended to back up the Registry first. I didn’t.
I ran the utility from my non-administrator login on my Windows 7 laptop, supplying the administrator password when prompted, and the utility appeared to run without problems. However when I tried to login the following morning (having shutdown the PC the previous evening), I got the message
“The User Profile Service service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded”
It was just my login that was affected so I was able to login as the administrator and to follow Microsoft documentation for recovering the situation. Sadly this simply made all the other logins disappear (other than the administrator login)! Fortunately I was able to reverse this step, so I was back to the situation of just having my login inaccessible.
At this point I gave up and decided to abandon my inaccessible login and to create a new login for me to use. I have a small issue with accessing my files associated with the previous login, but I can work around this.
So there you go. My experience of the problems I encountered running Never 10, and which no one else on the web seems to have had.
For the record, Never 10 did switch off the regular prompts to upgrade to Windows 10!