Controlling Upgrades - Windows 10

How to Control Microsoft Upgrading You to Windows 10

Source: Lake-Sumter Computer Society – Michael Hanst May 21, 2016

A question was asked Thursday about how to stop the forced upgrades and how to recover if there is a problem after reverting back and something is missing. Hopefully, you can find these things in a C:\Windows.old folder. If not, you should have it on a backup; if you didn’t do backups then you’ve learned a painful and valuable lesson.

This article by Woody Leonhard on infoworld.com reviews two free programs: GWX Control Panel and Never10.

I have used the GWX Control Panel Portable v 1.7.4.1 program and it shows what needs to be changed and you then select and change them. http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/

There is both an installed program that will monitor in the background and a portable version that you run once. You do need to check back for a newer version since Microsoft keeps changing its “nag” tactics and aggressiveness.

Here is a link to the Portable version.

• I have used many programs from Steve Gibson in the past and can agree that he puts out good programs and the Never10 may be simpler for those who don’t want to mess with too many choices and options. I have just downloaded and run Never 10 v1.3.1 and it showed that the GWX Control Panel had done its work and upgrade was already disabled. This is only a portable program. As stated above, you do need to check back for a newer version.

Here is a link to download Never 10

Here a few of the things that must be done to disable automatic upgrades and to stay safe since automatic updates are also turned off!

•Go into Control Panel > Windows Update > Change settings:

  • Important Updates > Set to: “Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them”
  • Recommended Updates > Uncheck the box next to: “Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates”
  • Microsoft Updates > I do have this checked because we have Microsoft Office 2007.

•Unfortunately, several months ago the “Windows Update” icon stopped being shown in the Notification Area when new updates were available. So, you should get in the habit of manually going into the Control Panel > Windows Update every week or so.

•For now these are updates that you don’t want: KB3035583 & KB3123862