This was also mentioned on how to geek as well as the inquirer:http://www.howtogeek.com/228551/how-to-stop-windows-7-or-8-from-downloading-windows-10-automatically/?PageSpeed=noscript
I just saw this very concerning article, The thing I want to check: for users with updates set to check automatically but ask the user before download does any of this junk occur? I couldn't entirely tell from the article(either the inquirer or htg). I for one know I don't have KB3035583 installed or KB3044374, without these particular updates is the download of windows 10 impossible? Is this something which is only happening to users who have fully automatic updates and who have allowed things such as KB3035583 to be installed? Could there be anything going on behind the scenes making these unwanted downloads occur on machines which have windows update on "notify only"? Should windows update be turned off entirely except for a weekly check for security updates?
I've checked and I also know that the ~BT folder is not on my C:\ drive, does that prove that this hasn't happened to me?
Also I don't have any registry entry within HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\
Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate do I need to make one so I can add in that disable OS upgrade thing and give it the right value, or is this something which is only relevant to this who already have KB303558., I don't think that this "folder" of the registry appears until KB3035583 is installed (at which point it ofcourse appears set up in a default "allow" value for the "upgrade").
One wonders whether that patch from ms mentioned on the how to geek article, the patch that is supposed to stop this, is even really doing that, or whether it simply takes actions to ensure users who install that patch have windows 10 snuck on by even more undehand measures?
I think it's time that antivirus companies started adding GWX.exe, and all these other tricks to try and force "upgrade", as some of their detections.
P.S. Just a suspicion but: I wonder if all those updates to the windows update client recently have been updates adding a function to the update client which makes it able to download the stuff for the BT folder rather than just be able to download, as was previosuly the case, KB updates? The many recent updates for the windows update client were all very vague in description so I wouldn't be surprised if this is what they do, change windows update to make this sort of thing possible.
Edited by rp88, 11 September 2015 - 09:05 AM.
Back on this site, for a while anyway, been so busy the last year.
My systems:2 laptops, intel i3 processors, windows 8.1 installed on the hard-drive and linux mint 17.3 MATE installed to USB