I personally think Microsoft should release a simple update that actually stops and uninstalls any GWX updates taking place, a kind of one time fix for those who simply want to stay with Windows 7/8/8.1
Personally I think Microsoft should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves, I no longer consider Windows a safe O.S. not even 7 now and have started using Linux as the stable secure OS of choice, and only using my Windows machine for Games.
Windows 10 upgrade nags become more aggressive, offer no opt-out
It seems that Microsoft is desperate to get laggards who are still running Windows 7 and Windows 8 onto Windows 10, but there's a fine line between being enthusiastic about a new operating system and behaving like you own every PC running Windows, and I think that in this case that line has been crossed.
Alpha and I just helped a gal at EF who had GWX mess up her activation... even adding a pre-installation key into the registry.
That was really one of the things that should have been tested by Insiders - even if it meant merely upgrading from one build to another.
So far, it appears that KB3035583 needs to be hidden at least twice to keep it away! I actually had to find and uninstall it it first, but the "Upgrade to Windows 10" does not appear to get the hint until it has been hidden at least three or four times! We'll see if it still comes back, after a few days!
This is sort of repeat of what I have done to stop MS's attempts to install W 10 on my PC. I have had my windows updates settings at "never" for 2 years and never had a problem without those updates. The only updates on this machine are the ones I needed to install Office and WLM. When MS started upgrading without permission I disabled Windows updates in local services. I did get a notice a few days ago that I needed to turn on W updates to install important updates are waiting. I looked at the updates that had several driver updates listed with other updates. I figured MS was wanting to install 10 on my W 7. When I did not turn on Windows updates the notice went away. This will stop all updates including MS from installing 10. I am just a basic user unlike you all are so maybe you need regular windows updates. The basic user can disable windows update and use their computers without updates. I know several users who do this and they have no problem.
I triple boot, so why would I want two windows 10 on my system. I haven't got anything like that on my windows 7 system but I didn't install most of windows 10 update files. Does Microsoft realize not all systems can be upgraded to windows 10? I also have a legal Windows 7 oem:slp installation, I wonder if that makes any difference. Remember, Windows 10 upgrade is only free for a year. So, what is going to happen after windows 10 is no longer free?
Here is quote from that article labeeman linked to.
Reports are circulating that some users are being presented with dialog boxes that only give them the option to start the upgrade process or reschedule it for a later date. Others are finding that the Windows Update screen is only offering them the option to begin the upgrade process, with other system updates being hidden from view.
This really is madness that it is being forced upon users. What's the bet that they will get so much negative feedback that they will be forced to back-pedal?