EDIT, 11/02/15, from beloved Lincoln Spector, the GWX control panel program to get rid of Window 10 update (but it might not always work, MSFT keeps getting around our blocks): http://www.pcworld.com/article/2998967/ ... grade.html
EDIT, 10/30/15, try this article, at NBR, click here
EDIT, 10/06/15: warning from Woody Leonhard, the notifiers are baaaccckkk, click here
I turned off telemetry in gpedit.msc . Just type it in your search box, then when you see it highlighted at the top left in Win7 or Win8, select it, right-click and 'Run as Administrator'.
- then arrow down to Administrative Template on the left side,
- then Click on the 'Action' and select 'Filter Options',
- then check 'Enable keyword filters',
- then type in the word 'telemetry' and hit Okay.
- You'll end up then seeing at right 'All settings',
- so double-click on that and you'll see all the options with 'telemetry' in them.
- One will be 'Turn off Application Telemetry'. It applies whether or not you opted in for CEIP and might override any KBs MSFT might manage to send to create added telemetry (aka snooping).
- Frankly, the collection of data is anonymous, supposedly, but what if it's changed, since Win10 is clearly not succeeding as MSFT wants, or they'd not need to snoop on other versions anew.
- Then reboot or run (at search line) gpupdate.exe /force , to enable what you just did.
EDIT: new, just in from Microsoft, 9/17/15, a way to block Win10 updates
. That KB is in your Windows Update for today
(7 or 8.1), and IT WILL PREVENT GWX FROM DOWNLOADING
. Tell everyone you know to get it! Basically it creates a new field in gpedit.msc so you can block the update. Whew! To use gpedit.msc
, type that in the Start Menu search box, then you'll see it highlighted in blue at the top left. RIGHT-click on that upper left, and select 'Run as Administrator', then follow the KB link instructions (in the 2nd paragraph below the fourth bullet). I did those steps live in vimeo and Youtube, but OF COURSE the vimeo link doesn't work. So here's Youtube's.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC46orDm7to
EDIT: for cdaringer's post on how to get rid of GWX in your system tray, click here
For the prior LATEST listing of how-to's, click here.
. That link also helps you understand the roll-back process, by a guy who does it for a living.
EDIT: for an earlier listing of how-to's, see the next post, click here
There are a lot of posts on this around the internet, and they are confusing. So click here
for a typical listing of the KBs to avoid. Those folks at bleepingcomputer are a valuable help, you'll find. The guy making that post just found yet another KB which you want to also hide (steps below), http://www.support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3080149
. So add 'KB3080149' to your list of updates to HIDE. Notice from the link, how all these hidden 'Get Windows 10' updates have the same language as that second link. BEWARE. For surely others in the future, will come. Thus, the first three Steps below are really important.
(Earlier pre-correction post of the KBs to avoid, was here
. You might want to read the whole thread. Another poster in that thread wanted me to add the following caveat, click here
The HIDE mechanics are:
1. Type 'Windows Update' in the search bar, hit return. The Windows Update
2. At upper left, click on Change Settings
. That takes you to the next screen, Choose how Windows can Install Updates
3. Click on the triangle in the drop down box, and click on 'Never Check for Updates
'. This forces Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1 to revert to manual. So from this point forward, only if you do Step 1, can you check for Updates. Windows will never send you notifications, never download, never install. It's all manual, now.
4. So when you do Step 1 anew, then you get the menu which has a button allowing you to 'Check for Updates
5. Then, it presents you with a LIST of updates.
6. So, if an update in the first or second link is listed, you right click on the KB in that list, and select 'Hide'.
7. Then, select the others which don't have that blacklist in the first or second link of this post, to be installed.
8. Also check that same link for updates you may have already
installed in Step 2, by instead clicking on 'View Update History
'. You are then presented with a screen of updates you've installed. But you have to click on the 'Installed Updates, to do anything about it. So do that.
9. In that screen, sort on the NAME of the update by clicking on 'Name', then scan for the KB numbers in the first or second link of this post.
10. When you find one of them, click on it and then look toward the top of the screen and click 'Uninstall'. Repeat per installed update which matches the KB numbers in this post's first and second links.
Sorry this is so complicated. Finally, Linux is easier to use than Windows, but you'll still need your old Windows. See the Linux forum
for tips on how you can use both at the same time, so that you get the best of both worlds. I'll be making videos, too, and posting their links here as I've time.
Your Windows machine will still be protected: well, relatively: Windows is always vulnerable. Yet, you won't wake up to a borked machine due to Win10 forcing itself upon you or some other user you've allowed on your machine.