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"How existing Windows users can refuse Microsoft's Windows 10 update", ZDNet

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#1 Aura


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Posted 11 March 2016 - 06:49 PM

Over the past week, I've noticed a number of users complaining on Twitter, Reddit and other social channels about their PCs automatically updating to Windows 10, allegedly without their intervention.

At least some of the grumbling may be attributable to a patch Microsoft pushed to a number of users this week as part of Patch Tuesday (KB3146449, which is buried inside Internet Explorer security patch KB3139929) which "adds functionality to Internet Explorer 11 on some computers that lets users learn about Windows 10 or start an upgrade to Windows 10." (This update seems only to create a "Get Windows 10" banner, and clicking the cancel button on it seems to remove it permanently, from what I can tell.)

But the growing amount of noise got me curious if there was more going on, beyond yet another new piece of Microsoft nagware.

Article: http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-existing-windows-users-can-refuse-microsofts-windows-10-update/


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Posted 11 March 2016 - 07:57 PM

 The update is now coming through Windows Update as a Recommended update.  This means that if you have your settings for automatic install, it will do the upgrade without notice.  That's what happened to me yesterday.  I have now changed my settings to let me decide what to update, gone back to Windows Update, and seen this update there with the box next to it checked.  This isn't something I heard about, read about, or heard on the media, it happened on my Windows 7 Pro desktop this week.  I've now unchecked the box and marked the update hidden, but like KB3035583, it will likely come back in a month or two anyway.  

 Bottom line:  If you have 7 or 8.1 and have Windows Update options set for automatic install, you'll be upgraded without asking you anything except to ACCEPT the terms AFTER the upgrade.  

Make regular full system backups or you'll be sorry sooner or later.

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 08:08 PM

OR you can simply update the GWX Control Panel to the latest version, that update has not shown up on my list whatsoever now either. Cant even find it in the updates installed list either.

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