Microsoft are getting very aggressive in trying to ‘persuade’ users to move to Windows 10 and this will get worse as we approach the July deadline for a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users.
Many users are happy with their Windows version so let’s look at how we can get rid of these nagging messages.
1. Hide the Windows 10 upgrade icon:
If at the bottom right of your desktop you see the Windows 10 upgrade icon then you can hide this by clicking on the small triangle on your task bar. You’ll then see a list of notifications. Find GWX and change it to Hide icon and notifications.
2. Remove the Windows 10 upgrade from Windows Update
The Windows 10 update prompting is actually delivered to you via the standard Windows Update process that most of us are familiar with. It is actually update KB3035583 and, as an update this can be removed.
Go into Windows Update (from All Programs in Windows 7)
Next click on Update History. Now scroll down to find KB3035583.
Click the Installed Update button at the top of the window, find KB3035583 again
Right click (ie; press right mouse button on it) and select Uninstall
3. Change your Windows Update settings to hide ‘Recommended Updates’
The final piece is to now change your Windows Updates so that it only suggests ‘important’ updates (ie; essential ones). To do this go back into your Windows Update screen.
Click on Change Settings and then untick the box that selects ‘Give me recommended updates’. This will prevent the KB3035583 from reloading.
The process above will work in most cases but becomes ineffective if Microsoft change the upgrade to a mandatory (important) upgrade rather than a recommended one. It wouldn’t surprise me if they took this step at some point in the future.
Another method, as reported by a national magazine recently, is to use an application called GWX Control Panel to block the Windows 10 update process. This is available online from http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/. This is reported as being effective but I cannot vouch for it as I have never used it, preferring the manual method detailed above.