How to remove Windows 10 upgrade updates in Windows 7 and 8

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  1. Posts : 10
    Windows 7 Pro
       #151

    To install it or not, why.


    Hi, friends.

    Personally, I have various reasons of why I would not install a new Windows version upgrade online.
    1. I have a wifi internet connection that allows me only 10 GB / month. I suspect that such a download would, if not exceed, at least eat all my allotted bandwidth for the month. Plus, any download/install hiccups might happen. I prefer to buy the Windows 10 CD, and install it this way.
    2. I have no idea what the new Windows 10 is about, and I am still comfortable with Windows 7.
    3. The gwx.exe is therefore just an annoying service eating my computing resources.


    Get Windows 10 Icon - Remove from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1 - Windows 10 Forums

    I usually don't let the Windows Updates to perform automatically in the background, so I put the service on "manual", and I do my Windows Updates once/month, on request.

    The KB3035583 I have to admit, was sneaky, and installed with another bunch of "recommended" already marked updates.

    Once I found out which update activated the gwx.exe, the removal was simple.
    On the Administrator account, opened up the Control Panel -> Programs and Features.
    On the left pane, clicked on "View Installed Updates", located and highlighted KB3035583, and clicked on the Uninstall button.

    The only fit I got was at reboot (to finalize the uninstall) when it froze at "Please don't shut down your PC" screen, I left it like that for 30 min, then forced shut down.

    When I started the machine, I got invited to restart in Safe Mode, but I chose to restart Normal mode.
    On my next Windows Upgrade, I will take care to "hide" KB3035583 update so I will not install it again.

    That was it.
    Last edited by Brink; 25 Jul 2015 at 15:43. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  2. Posts : 53,678
    Windows 10 Home x64
       #152

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  3. Posts : 127
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
       #153

    KB2952664 came in again today as recommended. How many times do I have to hide this FREAKING update!!

    Sorry, no sense pestering you good folks. I'll post to the Microsoft Answers forum, not that'll it do any good

    After uninstall it now shows as optional
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  4. Posts : 20,583
    Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
       #154

    Hi,
    Is there a big deal with leaving it unhidden ?
    If you don't want it don't download and install it
    Windows Update Settings - Change
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  5. Posts : 127
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
       #155

    ThrashZone said:
    Hi,
    Is there a big deal with leaving it unhidden ?
    If you don't want it don't download and install it
    Windows Update Settings - Change
    I didn't install it. It installed on it's own. Woke up my PC & there it was telling me a restart was needed to complete install. Can't quite figure that out, but I swear I did not install it.

    thanks for talking to me tho.

    update:

    OK - someone changed the settings to Install Updates Automatically, NOT ME.

    thanks for letting me rant.
    leaving it unhidden is good advice.
    Last edited by newpgm; 29 Jul 2015 at 12:38. Reason: more info
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  6. Posts : 9,615
    Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
       #156

    ThrashZone said:
    Hi,
    Is there a big deal with leaving it unhidden ?
    If you don't want it don't download and install it
    Windows Update Settings - Change
    Actually, yeah, there is a big deal. While I can just keep hiding the miserable, misbegotten piece of sorry work, it's extremely annoying (polite tem) that MS continues to ignore the wishes of people to not have anything foisted on them again their will. MS has becoming nothing more than a lowdown, rotten spammer, forcibly ramming crap down our throats. Because of the highly intrusive, arrogant attitude MS has adopted, Win 7 and Office 2010 are extremely likely the last MS products I will ever own unless they get off their collective high horses and stop trying to be Apple.
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  7. Posts : 20,583
    Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
       #157

    I believe they are being more like Google more money there
    It's just a update that changes form = shape shifter sort of

    I've had a few just sitting quietly in the queue collecting digital dust ie11/ Skype/ Silverlight and now kb2952664
    I see no need for the hardening update to stop other users from loading win-10 I'm the only user
    Other members have their own machine to do as they wish
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  8. Posts : 20,583
    Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
       #158

    newpgm said:
    ThrashZone said:
    Hi,
    Is there a big deal with leaving it unhidden ?
    If you don't want it don't download and install it
    Windows Update Settings - Change
    thanks for talking to me tho.
    update:
    OK - someone changed the settings to Install Updates Automatically, NOT ME.
    thanks for letting me rant.
    No problem that's what we're here for :)
    But if other users are on the same machine or you let others use your user account you'd run into issues like this
    There should only be 1 administrator account on a single machine
    Change their to a standard account
    Uncheck the box in your account to let All users update windows on the previous tutorial instructions :)
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  9. Posts : 9,615
    Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
       #159

    I've had MS install updates and change my update settings every once in a great while, maybe twice every three years. I'm the only user on my machines.
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  10. Posts : 5,656
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
       #160

    Hmm, never had any issue such as Windows Update settings changing on their own (6 years of Windows 7 usage), but I accept it as a reality for some. And I am one that installs pretty much everything. Skype and Silverlight hidden, only come back with new versions, as such not a bothersome issue to re-hide.
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