[WIN7] Stop Windows 10 downloading

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  1. tin

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    OK, we're getting a few customers through our doors that, for whatever reasons, don't want Windows 10. For some, this has been easy - roll back, uninstall and hide the KB3035583 (GWX) update and we're done.

    But a few are being bastards about it. Like the one on the bench right now where it keeps re-ticking the "Windows 10 Upgrade" update. I've uninstalled the GWX update, deleted the remains of the folder, cleared SoftwareDistribution and deleted the 10 temp files... Still keeps wanting to download it every time you try to update - even if you untick it and tick other things.

    Are there any ways to "blacklist" certain updates? This one keeps unhiding as soon as I check for updates again, so hiding it isn't working.
     
  2. NSanity

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    Windows has had - for a long time - "special" updates, that get installed regardless.

    did you try the link i posted in BE&C?
     
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    Yeah. Doesn't help because it's saying it's not reserved already :confused:

    Customer said to just see if 10 will go on now, so that's the solution I'm going with this time :lol:
     
  4. looktall

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    i came across a few scheduled tasks the other day that are for GWX.
    i wonder if it's possible to turn them off.
     
  5. power

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    There are a few guides for fully removing GWX floating around the net, they include a couple of reg keys to add as well.
     
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    Microsoft should just hurry up and release their own removal tool. It's ridiculous. As great as Win10 is, there are some PCs that are simply not supported (ancient integrated GPUs and the like) and it's a nuscience.
     
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    The most blindingly obvious machines that won't get the update are media PC's that pretty much just run Media Center.

    No-one will update one of those deliberately yet you get constantly nagged - it should be dismiss-able.
     
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    Add registry entry:
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    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Gwx]
    "DisableGwx"=dword:00000001
    This should prevent the Windows 10 updater from running even if installed.
     
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    Just downloaded it... I'd say I'll get a bit of use out of that over the next few months :D
     
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    Very handy tool, that end-users can use themselves.
    Thanks for the link. :thumbup:
     
  12. NSanity

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    The best part is that people are complaing about spyware/malware like antics - yet they will install closed software with no peer review from some random on the internet to "stop" said malware...
     
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    fault is MS, not giving customers what they want. i disabled windows 10 update when it first came out but down it's downloaded it again. it keeps annoying me with prompts to install it and is taking up 5gb on a relatively small SSD. i want to delete the install files and i don't want it downloading them again or asking me if it should.
     
  14. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    heh.....and the updates are partly to fix system issues. So how are they going to patch the issues?
     
  15. power

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    I dunno, the same way they've done for the last 20 years.
     
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    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    What, by downloading packs or individual updates.
     
  17. power

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    There was never anything wrong with.

    Updates released, review and install.
    Updates released, automatically installed
    So many updates exist a rollup is released (Service Pack) and a new full release is available to avoid downloading them all individually.

    What was wrong with that model?
     
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    Did I say there was anything wrong with doing it that way? These are ordinary customers who are going to a shop for help so I'm not sure they are going to be savvy enough to acquire updates separately.
     
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    I'll be honest I'm not 100% sure I know what this meant?

    Updates on devices should always be able to be set as a) automatic b) notify. There's no rhyme nor reason to the way that MS are behaving in relation to pushing out 10.
     
  20. NSanity

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    Fuck Notify.

    Microsoft is tired of non-enterprise shit being a fucking cesspoll of virii and unpatched bullshit then them taking the blame for it.

    If you're an Enterprise customer, you have full control of updates and telemetry.

    If you're not an enterprise customer, you can only blame shitheads who ran XP SP2 for about 5 years too long and joined the local botnet.
     

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