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

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  1. Posts : 1,167
    W10 32 bit, XUbuntu 18.xx 64 bit

    Wow UsernameIssues

    You do all that and still have time to post here and possibly on other forums is amazing. It is hard enough for me to maintaining three operating systems on one computer. Now, with the extra work trying to avoid certain windows 10 updates on my windows 7 partition by avoiding certain updates it is becoming a pain in the neck. I still installed some of those updates that I felt comfortable with.

    Even though I use 10, I am still uncomfortable with windows 10 because of some concerns. Otherwise, I would gone to just dual booting windows 10 & Lubuntu
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  2. Posts : 10,485
    W7 Pro SP1 64bit

    It is a crazy hobby at times

    Most of "my users" are elderly. Fortunately, they don't all call me at once.

    I have W10 in a VM. W10 has no features that I need/want.
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  3. Posts : 6
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

    michael diemer said:
    Everybody who does not want W10 should download the GWX Control Panel. Make sure you disable the "upgrade OS" setting. And then change your Win Update settings to "never look for updates." Then once a month run Win Update, looking only for Important updates, and "other Microsoft products" (if you have them). Use the lists here on this forum to check the updates. Basically, install only security updates. Doing this has kept W10 off three computers, including one where they sneaked the full 5.9GB file onto it. GWX Control Panel deleted this file in minutes. Please do this!
    Out of sheer desperation, I have taken your advice and installed GWX Control Panel from Major Geeks and have checked 'Disable OS upgrades' But I'd be a bit uncomfortable setting Windows Update to never check for updates :-/ So I will leave Windows Update set to check for updates but let me decide whether to install them and see how that goes. Hopefully, if GWX does its job, I will not get any more Windows 10 KB numbers installed.

    Oner question though, with GWX set to disable OS upgrades, will Windows Update still offer me Windows 10 KB numbers and do I still have to carefully scan all the KB numbers offered, to hide them and try to prevent them being installed? Or does GWX automatically hide or prevent those KB numbers from being installed (until such time as I uncheck Disable OS upgrades?
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  4. Posts : 494
    Windows 7 x64 SP1

    You can be reasonably sure of security updates, I would think. On my computer, with the settings I described, that's pretty much all that Update will find. Aside from the Malicious SW Removal Tool, there was only one update that was not security-related, and that checked out OK. I avoid outlook updates as I don't use that, and there have been problems with those lately. If Office updates are found, I install those. On one computer I have Libre Office, so I don't need MS Office updates.

    I would thoroughly read the manual for the GWX Control Panel. It says that it does stop the Telemetry updates. If you want the strongest level of safety, put it on monitoring mode. I just run it once a day, I figure that's enough.
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  5. Posts : 757
    Win10 Pro 64-bit

    I for one am curious as to what Microsoft will do after the free one year upgrade period ends.

    If I want an OS, I'll buy it out of my own pocket, where and when I please, which is what I've always done.
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  6. Posts : 1,606
    Windows `10 Professional 64bit

    I agree but Micro$oft is merciless.
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  7. Posts : 6
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

    michael diemer said:
    I would thoroughly read the manual for the GWX Control Panel. It says that it does stop the Telemetry updates. If you want the strongest level of safety, put it on monitoring mode. I just run it once a day, I figure that's enough.
    OK. I downloaded the GWX Control Panel from Major Geeks. But I didn't realise that it was the standalone version until a few minutes ago, when I visited the author's page, Ultimate Outsider and saw there were two versions: the standalone one and the installer one. But since the standalone version can be run in monitoring mode, I can see no reason to change to the installer version.... And I have read and saved the 10 pages of instructions as a webpage for future reference!

    This is what the author says it will do, which answers my question about whether I still need to manually look for and de-select Windows 10 KB numbers before I install Windows Updates
    GWX Control Panel is a free program that you can use to do the following on Windows 7 and Windows 8:
    Remove the "Get Windows 10" icon that appears in your notification area.
    Prevent your Windows Update control panel from upgrading your computer to Windows 10.
    Prevent your computer from secretly downloading Windows 10 installation files.
    Detect and remove the hidden Windows 10 installation files if they're already on your PC.
    Optionally monitor your computer for unwanted Windows 10-related settings and files. (New in version 1.6.)

    As for the user manual,
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  8. Posts : 1,109
    windows 7 professional 64 bit

    Been reading up about this GWX tool.

    I have no problems with Windows 10 on my PC at the moment ( I think ).

    Will wait till the newest version is ready and then download it and use it.
    He said at 15 December that he was halfway creating it.
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  9. Posts : 20,583
    Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

    I had a tour of 10 yesterday and upgrading to it via both this which did not work
    Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First - Windows 10 Forums

    And going through the windows update system... = the long way
    Which it did upgrade and activate okay
    Also upgraded the home premium to pro okay
    Problems didn't occur till after that which no big deal I used 10's system restore to remove all apps.. and only keep personal files thought I would try that one first.

    Also went okay of course had to reload everything which I wanted to anyway
    10 pro was still activated

    Had a little freezing after loading everything at the end so I shut down and called it a day didn't want to push my luck further
    From what I noticed and throughout since testing started last year is it's okay just very unpredictable
    Group policy is the only thing that makes 10 bearable for me if M$ ever gets the compatibility stuff taken care of with third parties it might someday be viable.

    Home group joining failed
    Not sure why it entered fine before restoring or removing all apps :/
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  10. Posts : 568
    Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX El Capitan, Windows 10 (VMware)

    It's all good that people monitor MS attempts to update to Windows 10, adding telemetry tools, etc., through Windows update. I for one do not update Windows until you guys give the patches clean bill of health. Thanks for your efforts...

    How about Office 2010/13 updates, are there any telemetry patches that would do the same as the OS telemetry patches? I've tested Office 2016 and that behaved essentially the same as Windows 10, as far as the telemetry function is concerned. Office updates could include patches for the telemetry "feature", the same as MS retrofit W7/8.1, or least trying to. I do hope that I am wrong on this...
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