Like many Windows users, I had Windows 7 on my machine and was perfectly satisfied with it before Microsoft “encouraged” me to upgrade to Windows 10. This “encouragement” included some tactics I consider aggressive, such as making the normal Windows Update utility — necessary to get security patches — install Windows 10 by default.

If you are a Windows 7 user who chose not to upgrade to Windows 10, I have good news! You can still get routine system updates, including security patches, without migrating to Windows 10. Here’s how:

1. Open Internet Explorer
2. Go to
3. You may get a response saying your browser is out of date. If you do, follow Microsoft’s advice and install Internet Explorer 10, then come back to

From there, you will see the familiar Windows Update interface.

I tried this today to set up a test machine at work, and it worked great.

I learned the method today from WikiHow (it’s Method 2).