So a huge problem in the system administration world right now is Windows 10 is forcing its updates on computers. It's causing headaches for end users, business owners, network/sys admins and tech support in general.
Basically what is happening is your Operating System, whether it be Windows 7 or 8, is secretly downloading the Windows 10 Operating System through windows updates. If your computer is currently up to date with Windows Updates, you have a Windows 10 software package hidden in your user directory.
Up until March, you had the option to NOT install the Windows 10 update. But now, people are waking up to find their computer upgraded to Windows 10 without consent. Before, this update was out in the open in the update list, and could be found using the correct update kb_xxxxxxx ID number. But now the Windows 10 upgrade is hidden inside an update for Internet Explorer 11, kb3139929.
So, are you one of the people who DO NOT WANT WINDOWS 10?
Well, this is for you. There is a tool that was built that prevents your computer from upgrading to Windows 10, while also deleting the files off of your computer. This tool is called GWX Control Panel, and you can download it by clicking here. The software is pretty self explanatory. Drag this .exe to your desktop and right click and run as administrator. Then:
- Click To Disable 'Get Windows 10' App (Remove Tray Icon)
- Click to Prevent Windows 10 Upgrades
- Click to Delete Windows 10 Download Folders
- Click to Delete Windows 10 Programs
- Click to Disable Non-Critical Windows 10 Settings
You don't need to worry about 'Click to change Windows Update Settings', 'Click to Enable Monitor Mode' and 'Click to Display the User Guide' unless you are an advanced user.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Even if you have downloaded this software before, if you do not have the latest version 18.104.22.168, then you are vulnerable to getting the upgrade when you're not looking. This new version added a few more options since Microsoft changed how the update was delivered to you. NAUGHTY NAUGHTY MICROSOFT.
OTHER NOTE: If you don't do SOMETHING to stop these updates, you WILL find yourself running Windows 10 whether you like it or not. Take the steps now to stop the upgrade, because Microsoft will not stop until you're upgraded.
If you have any questions, please let me know below!