When GWX initially came out, back in April (approx) 2015 with the first versions of KB2976978 and KB3035583 I had in my mind a suspicion that it might lead to, at some point in the future, forcible upgrades. Initially that was just a suspicion, a thought that "this COULD happen but there's no reason to think it HAS". And that stayed the case up until, and for quite a while after, the release date of windows 10. But then the news stories about forcible upgrades began, and counting this one I have now seen atleast 5 in the last two of three months all of them on different sites, with different authors and describing similar occurences. I took a look at this article, and it infact is based on another article (one from infoworld), it does seem that this new method of trying to make a user upgrade is not as forcible as some of the other events reported earlier by in other articles, the infoworld article does indicate that simply closing the windows is enough to prevent the upgrade however, this new prompt could certainly confuse many users. Users might know that programs can be closed by clicking the red X in the top right but a user seeing this could be easily confused into beleiving that if they close it then the upgrade will happen at the later time ("tonight"), afterall most "do this now or postpone for X minutes/hours/days" prompts will do their thing at the later time shown if the user closes them.
My advice to users finding a prompt like this showing would be to firstly disconnect from the internet, then run disk cleanup to delete the $WINDOWS.~BT folder (it's hidden, users need to make sure hideen files and folders are set to be shown in "folder options")which is likely to be on the C:\ drive of users who are experiencing this, if disk clenaup doesn't work for this then perform this deletion by changing the ownership of that folder then changing the permissions then deleting it. After which they should remove the windows updates KB3035583, KB3044374 and others listed at http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/599235/for-those-that-wish-to-stay-with-7/
. At that point they should follow the advice below, the long sentence within "quote marks" below is the sort of text that should appear in the weekly alarm prompt the user should set for themselves. Users could set the alarm prompt on their phone or set it as a pop-up to appear weekly by using task scheduler, with a weekly prompt of this kind less experienced users should be able to manage the procedure of checking for updates.
Have updates on "check automatically but ask me whether I want to download" and have a weekly alarm on the your phone (or weekly pop-up done with task scheduler) telling you, every tuesday night or wednesday morning:
"time for updates! go to control panel-->windows update-->check for updates, then when it has checked click on "X important updates", untick everything, then retick all those named "Security Update for...". Then with those and only those "Security Update for..." updates selected click the button to install, let them download, disconnect from the internet once the download finishes, then restart as soon as it asks you to."
Edited by rp88, 16 December 2015 - 05:53 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