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

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  1. Posts : 1,797
    Win 7 Ultimate, Win 8.1 Pro, Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon (All 64-Bit)
       #451

    There are many versions of KB2952664, I have two in my list but it's up to about v16 now. I also have 2 KB3035583 in the list now.
    And expect the windows update client updates to be a monthly occurance now. Presumably as they try and improve on all the failures that have occurred upgrading to 10 through WU.
    The Media Creation Tool is the preferred option anyway.
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  2. Posts : 462
    Windows 7 x64 SP1
       #452

    Has anybody tried using system restore to get rid of the updates? Take it back to before the damnable GWX installed itself, beginning the madness we now do battle with?
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  3. Posts : 1,797
    Win 7 Ultimate, Win 8.1 Pro, Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon (All 64-Bit)
       #453

    michael diemer said:
    Has anybody tried using system restore to get rid of the updates? Take it back to before the damnable GWX installed itself, beginning the madness we now do battle with?
    From what I've seen, that one is a pain to get rid of. I've never installed it on my main machine as I've always had it hidden. But I've seen some people say it's been a difficult one to get rid of. Best thing to do is keep regular System Images. I tend to roll back using those instead of System Restore these days. I create one before any major WU updates get installed. I keep the last 3 months worth of System images (and one for doing a clean install which I haven't needed yet).
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  4. Posts : 14
    64 bit windows 7
       #454

    Brds7t7 said:
    The main ones you need to avoid are KB2990214 and all subsequent Windows update client updates. Those are the updates that download and install 10 through WU. And of course KB3035583 which is the annoying Get Windows 10 app.
    When you say all subsequent Windows update client updates, do you mean all numbers higher than 2990214? Otherwise Im not sure I understand.

    It ended up being KB3083710, which I uninstalled. However I wont know for sure until another update comes through because I have no more updates right now; which I need an update to see if I get "getting update files" and downloading Windows 10 while trying any update.

    EDIT: Brds7t7, can you only create system images to an alternate hard drive or dvdrw? I only ask because it would not allow me to select my main ssd. Will it take more space than a single layer dvdrw; I only have a 250gb ssd.
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  5. Posts : 1,797
    Win 7 Ultimate, Win 8.1 Pro, Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon (All 64-Bit)
       #455

    Hedied4me said:
    Brds7t7 said:
    The main ones you need to avoid are KB2990214 and all subsequent Windows update client updates. Those are the updates that download and install 10 through WU. And of course KB3035583 which is the annoying Get Windows 10 app.
    When you say all subsequent Windows update client updates, do you mean all numbers higher than 2990214? Otherwise Im not sure I understand.

    It ended up being KB3083710, which I uninstalled. However I wont know for sure until another update comes through because I have no more updates right now; which I need an update to see if I get "getting update files" and downloading Windows 10 while trying any update.

    EDIT: Brds7t7, can you only create system images to a alternate hard drive or dvdrw? I only ask because it would not allow me to select my main ssd.
    KB3083710 is the latest one. Sorry couldn't remember the number as I'm not at my pc. That one replaces all the previous monthly WU client updates. There will be one every month so keep a look out and if it says Windows update client either hide it or use the Group Policy/Reg entry to stop the upgrade to 10.

    It's always better to create a system image on an external drive. If you create it on the same drive as your windows install and the drive dies then you're screwed.
    The only option you'll have then is clean install.
    It depends on your install and how big you have shadow copy storage set on the backup partition. The larger you set it, the more images it will keep before it starts to delete them.

    Edit: Forgot to mention you can always use a 3rd party tool like Macrium Reflect Free. Also does a fantastic job of imaging. And the newer version now has differential images too which is handy if you don't have a lot of space for many full backups.
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  6. Posts : 14
    64 bit windows 7
       #456

    Brds7t7 said:
    Hedied4me said:
    Brds7t7 said:
    The main ones you need to avoid are KB2990214 and all subsequent Windows update client updates. Those are the updates that download and install 10 through WU. And of course KB3035583 which is the annoying Get Windows 10 app.
    When you say all subsequent Windows update client updates, do you mean all numbers higher than 2990214? Otherwise Im not sure I understand.

    It ended up being KB3083710, which I uninstalled. However I wont know for sure until another update comes through because I have no more updates right now; which I need an update to see if I get "getting update files" and downloading Windows 10 while trying any update.

    EDIT: Brds7t7, can you only create system images to a alternate hard drive or dvdrw? I only ask because it would not allow me to select my main ssd.
    KB3083710 is the latest one. Sorry couldn't remember the number as I'm not at my pc. That one replaces all the previous monthly WU client updates. There will be one every month so keep a look out and if it says Windows update client either hide it or use the Group Policy/Reg entry to stop the upgrade to 10.

    It's always better to create a system image on an external drive. If you create it on the same drive as your windows install and the drive dies then you're screwed.
    The only option you'll have then is clean install.
    It depends on your install and how big you have shadow copy storage set on the backup partition. The larger you set it, the more images it will keep before it starts to delete them.

    Edit: Forgot to mention you can always use a 3rd party tool like Macrium Reflect Free. Also does a fantastic job of imaging. And the newer version now has differential images too which is handy if you don't have a lot of space for many full backups.
    Sorry if this is OT. Just one last quick question. I downloaded Macrium Reflect Free. Am I right in understanding that I only need to select the option to "Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows". Again thank you for your help
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  7. Posts : 1,797
    Win 7 Ultimate, Win 8.1 Pro, Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon (All 64-Bit)
       #457

    Hedied4me said:
    Brds7t7 said:
    Hedied4me said:

    When you say all subsequent Windows update client updates, do you mean all numbers higher than 2990214? Otherwise Im not sure I understand.

    It ended up being KB3083710, which I uninstalled. However I wont know for sure until another update comes through because I have no more updates right now; which I need an update to see if I get "getting update files" and downloading Windows 10 while trying any update.

    EDIT: Brds7t7, can you only create system images to a alternate hard drive or dvdrw? I only ask because it would not allow me to select my main ssd.
    KB3083710 is the latest one. Sorry couldn't remember the number as I'm not at my pc. That one replaces all the previous monthly WU client updates. There will be one every month so keep a look out and if it says Windows update client either hide it or use the Group Policy/Reg entry to stop the upgrade to 10.

    It's always better to create a system image on an external drive. If you create it on the same drive as your windows install and the drive dies then you're screwed.
    The only option you'll have then is clean install.
    It depends on your install and how big you have shadow copy storage set on the backup partition. The larger you set it, the more images it will keep before it starts to delete them.

    Edit: Forgot to mention you can always use a 3rd party tool like Macrium Reflect Free. Also does a fantastic job of imaging. And the newer version now has differential images too which is handy if you don't have a lot of space for many full backups.
    Sorry if this is OT. Just one last quick question. I downloaded Macrium Reflect Free. Am I right in understand that I only need to select the option to "Create and image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows". Again thank you for your help
    Yes, that's all you need really. I like to have my data on a separate partition from Windows. That way you can keep your images smaller and makes backup/restore a lot quicker.
    I then use normal folder to folder copy on the data partition.
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  8. Posts : 53,678
    Windows 10 Home x64
       #458

    Wolfgang has a tutorial you may want to look through

    Imaging with free Macrium

    A Guy
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  9. Posts : 42
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
       #459

    I found this thread really useful to check and remove most of the patches related to windows 10 upgrade/nagware

    Updates to hide to prevent Windows 10 Upgrade / Disable Telemetry - AnandTech Forums
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  10. Posts : 1,797
    Win 7 Ultimate, Win 8.1 Pro, Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon (All 64-Bit)
       #460

    kufr said:
    I found this thread really useful to check and remove most of the patches related to windows 10 upgrade/nagware

    Updates to hide to prevent Windows 10 Upgrade / Disable Telemetry - AnandTech Forums
    That list seems a little OTT if you ask me. They're referencing updates which have nothing to do with Windows 10.
    One example is the update which fixes a memory leak in DWM. This clearly has nothing to do with Windows 10.
    Some articles seem a little extreme to me. The next thing we'll get is articles telling people not to install Security Updates, which is a bad idea.
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