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 http://update.microsoft.com
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 http://update.microsoft.com

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).