How to Block the Windows 10 Upgrade

It was an uneventful day last July 29, 2015 until I turned on my laptop and saw the notice that there is a new Windows 10 update (KB3035583) and that it is available for download for free.  I was quite happy about my previous Windows 8 OS but after a few months opted to go for the upgrade through the encouragement of my friends.  It was a great experience as the new upgrade was much better than my old system.  However, if you belong to those type of individuals where you would rather stick to what you know is true and works for you and you held on to your old set up by opting not to install Windows 10, then here is a heads up, Microsoft just went on with the update without you knowing.

Unauthorized Download

Various reports have noted that some Australian users were prompted to restart their computers by way for an update by Windows.  Later when they restarted or reopened their computers, it caused errors at startup or changed the set-up entirely.  This can be a major pain especially when you are an avid user of your computer or you use it at work.  So how do we solve this problem?

How to Uninstall

This anomaly can be remedied in two ways, first downloading the GWX Control Panel which you will have to install and then run; and the other is to manually uninstall and block it.  After downloading the GWX Control Panel and running it, try to explore and check some options available for selection and do the necessary changes in the options to the default settings.  What it does is that it gives you the option to permanently remove the Get Windows 10 icon.  It also prevents your computer to secretly download Windows 10 related files while updating as well as prevent it from upgrading your system into Windows 10.

Windows 10 Upgrade Block

The GWX Control Panel is safe and free and does not interrupt the daily processes of your Windows 7 or 8.  It keeps you safe from Windows 10 and at the same time does not hide the updates needed for your current settings.  Another important factor of this download is that it does not collect data or any details with regards to the user and no other software is involved.  It is pure and simple, download and install the program then run it and your problem is solved.

In order to be completely sure that you have everything solved, and no residual files are left in your system related to Windows 10 and if you have already installed Windows 10 unwittingly, run your Windows Update Trouble shooter and follow the instructions to fix the problem and that’s it.

Manual Troubleshooting

This method involves you to manually find, select and uninstall the files related to the Windows 10 upgrade. To do this, you need to go into or find the Programs and Features selection from your Start Menu and then click in the “view installed updates” which is found on the left side of the window.  After that, you need to locate the following update files: 3035583, 2952664 and 3021917 (for Windows 7) and 3035583 and 2976978 (for Windows 8).  Once located, uninstall and click restart later after the removal process.

Windows 10 Upgrade

Once removed, the update must be blocked which you can do by searching for the Windows Update in your Start Menu and then checking for updates.  Once you see all the files as written above, select “important update is available” and hide each one respectively.

Using one of the two options above would solve your problem and should you later want to finally upgrade into Windows 10, you need to reactivate the blocked files and get on with it.  If this article was of any help to you, please like, share it with others and don’t forget to leave a comment below. Thanks!