Simple question about an issue that has been troubling me for a while now. Is there a way to prevent windows 8 from displaying those "upgrade to 8.1 now" prompts(the ones which only have, "do it now" and "bug me later" as options) and also prevent it ever automatically making such an "upgrade". Judging by the threads on here that 8.1 "upgrade" causes numerous crashes, compatibility issues, failures and such. I spent rather a long time struggling to get certain programs (as in proper exe file programs, not silly apps) to run on windows 8 and don't want to do that again, nor do i want to "upgrade" to the microsoft account rather than my local account, which windows 8 seems to require. is there a method of stopping it? as i have discussed in a previous post, i don't seem to have gpedit.msc on my system nor do i have a certain registry thread which i was have heard can stop these prompts(naturally if i had found that thread i wouldn't have dared to touch it yet anyway).