How do I stop the download new version of onenote from onenote.com message?

I will never upgrade from OneNote 2010 to 2013. I want to disable that message permanently.

From my searching it appears that the message comes from an update but which one?

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    Do you wish to disable this message for only OneNote 2010 or for all of Office 2010? What is your Windows version? – harrymc Jan 16 '17 at 22:15
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    Since the original user may not come back I'll answer - To my knowledge, the dialog box doesn't appear in any office application other than OneNote. If I'm wrong, someone please correct me - I suppose system-wide would be preferable but I'll take what I can get. OS is Windows 7, though I believe the popup appears regardless of OS. – Fopedush Jan 16 '17 at 22:42
  • You tried this? For Outlook but may work across Office: outlook-tips.net/tips/office-2013-upgrade-banner – Rob Sedgwick Jan 17 '17 at 15:04
  • There is supposed to be the following: OneNote, click File---options---Trust center—Trust center settings---Privacy options—Uncheck (Allow office to connect to the internet) and click Ok. The issue is it depends on the updates that have been made to your OneNote. Please let me know if this works. I can search for registry functions to do the same fo you. – Jeff Jan 19 '17 at 3:07
  • Does anyone actually even have OneNote 2010 Installed that can answer us if something works? – Jeff Jan 19 '17 at 3:18


For who are in hurry: just copy below block and save it as .reg file, like "disable notification.reg". then open it.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


original post:


Open Registry Editor(Regedit.exe)

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\OneNote\General and edit value of VersionUpgradeDisplayed to FFFFFFFF. value of HKCU...\OneNote\General

In the image, I removed other values except VersionUpgradeDisplayed, but actually you may see other values.

This key is applied to current user. So you have to repeat this for each user (if you have).


"VersionUpgradeDisplayed" value seems to store last date displayed upgrade message. To test, change the value to 0 (instead of your value/FFFFFFFF). Open onenote and it displayes upgrade message. Back to registry editor and press refresh(F5). Then you can find the value is changed to positive integer(some number>0).

I'm not sure its format but two things are clear: First, great number means later date. Second, onenote compare it with current date when it runs, and display upgrade meesage if the value is small enough (and update the value after displaying).

So, to disable upgrade message we have to set very big number to this value and FFFFFFFF is max value we can get.

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