Stop Being Nagged to Upgrade to Windows 10
Tired of Being Nagged to Upgrade to Windows 10?
You and pretty much everybody else. Would you like to know how to stop this permanently? You’ll get rid of that cutesy little Windows 10 icon in your task bar too.
First we need to disable Automatic Updates. This is something we always recommend anyway, especially on laptops. Have you ever gone to disconnect and shut down your laptop so you can take it with you somewhere only to get the annoying message on your screen:
(paraphrasing here) “Hey! Don’t shut down your computer, OK? We are going to be busy for the next 36 hours installing 1 of umpty jillion updates we just downloaded.” “Turning off your computer could result in it becoming an expensive doorstop, so just go get a cup of coffee and chill, OK?”
Directions below are for Windows 7. For Windows 8, you need to type the commands into their Search window to find these dialogs.
First we disable Automatic Updates:
- Click on Start
- Type in Windows Update
- The first item in the list should be Windows Update – select it
- The next window has a list down the left side. Select Change Settings
- On the next screen change the drop down selection to Never check for updates (not recommended)
- Uncheck every box below it and click the (Yeah, I get it) button on the dialog box that pops up to tell you disabling your automatic updates could be bad for your health.
- Click the OK button when you’re done.
Automatic Updates are now OFF. You should go to the same location as in steps 1-3 and manually check for updates occasionally, installing ONLY security updates.
Now to get rid of that annoying Windows 10 nagware.
Close all running applications, as a reboot will be required
- Click on Start
- Select Control Panel
- Select Programs
- Select Uninstall a Program
- In the next window on the left side there is a list. Select View installed updates
- Wait for the entire list to fully populate. This can take a couple of minutes.
- In the upper right corner is a “Search Installed Updates” option. Type in KB3035583
- Select it from the list
- Right-click on it and select Uninstall
- Click on the Restart needed button after the uninstall is complete.
When your computer reboots, that annoying little window icon in your taskbar should be gone.
Note: If it comes back, that is a sign that Micro$oft has re-enabled your updates. Go back and disable them again and repeat the above steps to get rid of the nagware.
It’s also a good idea to kill every single instance of GWX (Get Windows X) in the registry, but one wrong move can result in an un-bootable computer, so I do not recommend this to anyone but seasoned gearheads. It’s what I do to permanently throw a monkey wrench (I know, I’m dating myself) into the cogs of Micro$oft’s upgrade machinery.