Jaycan, have you yet tried removal of the windows updates KB3035583 and KB3044374, this can be done by looking at your "installed updates" list. Once those are removed you should make sure your update setting is set to ask you before downloading, and in future the only updates you should tick are those patching security vulnerabiltities (you need to do these, doing them as soon as possible tuesday evening/wednesday morning is also important) (Security Update for ...) and those which, after looking at the "more information" link, you judge to be updates which fix bugs you have experienced. (In regards to post #9, if you set updates to "check automatically but ask me whether to download" then even if an update you've hidden gets re-issued and hence unhides itself, it still won't be installed, because you'll see it, recognise it's KN number and untick it next time you install updates.).
You can check whether windows 10 is downloaded by turning "hidden files" (not "protected operating system files", leave those hidden) to be shown in "folder options", and then looking in C:\ and seeing if you have a folder called $WINDOWS.~BT (or any other very similar name). If you see such a thing post on this thread all the informaton you can find about it (folder size, names of subfolders (don't bother going many levels of subfolders down, there's too many to name, but you could post the names of the first "level" of them within it), dates created and modified. Then we can help you get rid of it if you want to avoid windows 10, however don't try and get rid of it on your own, post descriptions first and make some system images first.
Also please confirm to us your current situation by searching your C:\ drive for "gwx" (obviously don't typed the quote marks into the search box), search within the file explorer not with windows 8.1s other search features (such as it right hand swipe stuff). Tell us what, if anything, is listed. Once again don't do anything about these yet, but if you describe what and where they are, if they are present (I'm pretty sure they will be given your situation) then I can advise on dealing with them, but I will insist you make a system image before following any of the steps I would suggest to get rid of gwx, because if something goes wrong you'll be really glad of an image to revert to.
First follow the steps in the tutorial below to make yourself an image on an external storage device, ask if you need help with it. On windows 8.1 the image making option is found in "file history" in "control panel".http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/create-system-image-in-windows-7-8/#manual
Then backup all your personal files to another external device, the system image will backup your programs and system settings but it's best to backup your files separately as well.
Then tell us whether you have that bt folder, and whether you have any gwx stuff.
Then remove those two updates KB3035583 and KB3044374 (we can help with that if you need it).
Then if necessary we can show you how to get rid of any remaining gwx or windows 10 traces, but only after you've done all the previous steps.
Edited by rp88, 05 October 2015 - 02:26 PM.
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