Windows 10: How to block Win 10 upgrades on your business network and at home, too

  1. Posts : 1,563
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       07 Jan 2016 #1

    How to block Win 10 upgrades on your business network and at home, too

    Microsoft's aggressive upgrade campaign for Windows 10 rubs some people the wrong way. Here's how to say no to the new version in 30 seconds or less, without installing third-party software.

    Microsoft wants you to upgrade to Windows 10. They really, really, really want you to upgrade to Windows 10.

    We are almost halfway through the one-year, free, no-strings-attached upgrade offer that Microsoft has made available for its customers running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and the offers are getting more insistent.

    Personally, I think Microsoft has done a good job with Windows 10 and I recommend the upgrade for consumers. It actually is significantly more secure than Windows 7, thanks to features like Secure Boot, device encryption, and built-in antivirus software, not to mention dozens of architectural changes. Windows 10 also solves most of the (justified) complaints people had with the Windows 8.x Start screen.

    But some people have legitimate reasons to avoid the upgrade and continue using a previous, supported version of Windows. For them, the continual upgrade prompts are a nuisance.

    Here's how you make those prompts go away. It's a 30-second process, involving two simple registry edits. It doesn't involve any untrusted third-party software, which most security experts recommend avoiding. If you're an IT pro or consultant managing PCs at a small business, you can even automate the process, as I explain in this post.
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  3.    09 Jan 2016 #2

    I saw his post on the Microsoft MVP Yammer network today, with a link to that article. It looks to be similar (if not the same) to what Brink posted in the tutorials. I didn't read it in detail though, just gave it a quick look see.
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       09 Jan 2016 #3

    Hope the method will stay effective. I have read an article or 2 about MS has found way to "unblock" .
    I can't find the article now, but I did read it some weeks ago.
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       09 Jan 2016 #4

    davidhk said: View Post
    Hope the method will stay effective. I have read an article or 2 about MS has found way to "unblock" .
    I can't find the article now, but I did read it some weeks ago.
    That's ok, as long as Shawn has his Sysinternals updated, he'll find the keys, processes & DLLs :)
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       09 Jan 2016 #5

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  7. Posts : 1,563
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       11 Jan 2016 #6

    MS Trying to Re-Enable Windows 10 Upgrade on Windows 7/8.1 Twice a Day

    New background process added to its upgrade arsenal

    Microsoft has already announced that starting early 2016 the Windows 10 upgrade push would become a little bit more aggressive, and now we already see changes in this regard.

    Josh Mayfield, the creator of GWX Control Panel, an application that helps block the upgrade to Windows 10, told InfoWorld that Microsoft has recently made some changes to the KB3035583 update that silently create a new background task that automatically re-enables the upgrade twice a day.

    KB3035583 is the update responsible for installing the Get Windows 10 app and “forcing” the upgrade on a Windows 7 and 8.1 computer and its full removal is said to help block the switch to the new operating system.
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