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Windows 7: How to remove the 'Get Windows 10' app from your PC

10 Jul 2015   #21
OopsMS

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Urthboundmisfit View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HP Win7 User View Post
Is there a list of "Windows 10 prep" updates that I should be aware of? I want to know if they're on my computer already or will be coming so that I can block and/or uninstall them.

I don't want this Microsoft junkware getting into my machine.
Yes...

KB2952664 Compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7
KB2990214 Update that enables... upgrade from Windows 7 to a later version of Windows
KB3021917 Update to Windows 7 SP1 for performance improvements
KB3035583 Update enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications...
KB3050265 Windows Update Client for Windows 7: June 2015

KB2952664 adds the "Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser" to Task Scheduler\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\ which starts the process.
I have 6 people that are not power users but have called me as since the Win 10 offer and updates, their machines are either freezing or shutting down in the middle of looking at emails, or just browsing the internet. All these calls have come within a two day timeframe and the only thing I can think of is that these updates have bugs or are causing the crashes. Anyone have any information on this??


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10 Jul 2015   #22
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

It`s not the updates that are causing crashes.
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10 Jul 2015   #23
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Agreed. The updates may cause a System File Checker scan to show corrupted system files, but they should not have any bearing on looking at emails, browsing the internet or causing machines to freeze/shut down. This sounds more like malware.
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15 Jul 2015   #24
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Urthboundmisfit View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HP Win7 User View Post
Is there a list of "Windows 10 prep" updates that I should be aware of? I want to know if they're on my computer already or will be coming so that I can block and/or uninstall them.

I don't want this Microsoft junkware getting into my machine.
Yes...

KB2952664 Compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7
KB2990214 Update that enables... upgrade from Windows 7 to a later version of Windows
KB3021917 Update to Windows 7 SP1 for performance improvements
KB3035583 Update enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications...
KB3050265 Windows Update Client for Windows 7: June 2015

KB2952664 adds the "Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser" to Task Scheduler\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\ which starts the process.
I wonder if the KB3021917 Update to Windows 7 SP1 for performance improvements does any harm to the system for those that haven't Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) turned on on their machine.

Two of those .dll are already existing since 2009/07/14:

Wdi.dll & Perftrack.dll (v6.1.7600.16385)

This one is an add: Powertracker.dll

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30 Jul 2015   #25
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

You never know about telemetry sending updates
I'm not seeking out win-10 upgrade so I hide it seems to still be listed in the hidden updates so it hasn't disappeared from the list,
I'm also not a participant ceip either.
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07 Aug 2015   #26
friendlyphil

Win 7 Pro 64
 
 
I can't stop Windows 10 from "downloading"

I followed the tutorial and was able to stop the Windows 10 icon. But each time I try to update my Windows 7, it starts downloading Windows 10. How can I stop this?
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07 Aug 2015   #27
GEWB

Linux (Mint is primary) / XP, Win7 Home / Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Win10 archived VM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by friendlyphil View Post
I followed the tutorial and was able to stop the Windows 10 icon. But each time I try to update my Windows 7, it starts downloading Windows 10. How can I stop this?
Begin by unplugging your modem/router so there is no Internet access. Boot up and poke around with utilities that show Startup apps/services. Locate suspect and turn it off. Restart modem/router and reboot PC. Unplug modem cable if PC still tries to update.

Lather, rinse and repeat until it stops trying to update.

Regards,
GEWB
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17 Aug 2015   #28
anglicus

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Hi,
I am duel booting with Win7 & Win10, so I don't want to upgrade on my WIN 7.
I found this on a non-PC forum and it seemed fit the bill. Comments or clarification from peeps here that know what they are doing, as opposed to me a mere end user.

Step 1: take ownership of the GWX folder
Go to /Windows/System32/GWX. Right-click, Properties. Then, go to the Security tab, click Advanced. Under the Owner, click on Edit. Select your account rather than whatever crap Microsoft has preselected. Make sure you tick the box that says subfolders and whatnot. Apply the change. Ignore the warnings and prompts.
Step 2: change folder permissions
On the right tab, click Edit. Then, select your user. Change the permissions to Full Control, and apply. Then, rename the GWX folder to something like GWX.old. And just in case, inside this folder, you may also want to consider renaming the four executable files. Just use any which extension to cripple their executability. Problem solved. I simply deleted the GWX folder but if you’re not confident, rename it. It does the same thing.
Step 3: delete scheduled tasks
Fire up “Regedit” and navigate to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\Taskcache\Tasks. What you’ll be faced with is a long list of CLSID entries. These appear to be random (but they’re not and the reason is long and complicated) and the data you want is in the right hand side pane. Go to the Edit menu and click “Find”, type “gwx” (without the quotes) and hit “Find Next”. The application will highlight the first entry, where you’ll see “GWX” under the key-value pair “Path”. On the left pane, locate the hive (folder) that this entry resides in (easy, it should already be highlighted) and export it (right click it) and then right-click delete it. There will by now be eleven entries. You’ll know you’ve got them all when you jump to a new section under .\\TaskCache\Tree\Microsoft\Windows\Setup. There you will be dropped into a hive with two entries: GWC and GWXTriggers. Export both of these and delete them. Launch Task Scheduler and make sure it runs with no errors.
Step 4: disable automatic Windows Update
Now you’ve killed GWX, you need to make sure Microsoft isn’t about to work around it and force a new kernel on you without your informed consent. Start the Windows Update tool from the control panel and check, it should now be disabled. If it isn’t, go into the settings and adjust to disable automatic updates. You can now either leave WU off and manually install updates after checking them for safety or leave WU altogether and risk missing an actual important update which may or may not contain a plug for yet another Microsoft security hole.
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12 Sep 2015   #29
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

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12 Sep 2015   #30
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Great UPDATE Brink.

That should meet the needs of many.
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