I like Windows 10 and the price was right for the upgrade (free). What I don’t like is having Windows 10 forced on me.
Like most people whose computers were eligible for the upgrade, I received the notice on the task bar alerting me that I could upgrade.
It popped up every day to let me know. If you clicked on the alert it asked you to reserve your copy of the Windows 10 upgrade.
I hid the alert on my workbench computer because I was not interested in upgrading to Windows 10.
My workbench computer is running Windows 7 Ultimate Edition 64Bit and I have it set up the way I want it for my computer repair business.
I have one other desktop computer (personal use), and 2 laptops/notebooks. I have upgraded that desktop computer from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. I have also upgraded my 2 laptops/notebooks to Windows 10, one which was running Windows 8.1 the other running Windows 7. All the upgrades went well with only a few problems.
On my workbench computer the alert about Windows 10 resurfaced, which was annoying but the most annoying thing was that I never agreed to reserve my copy of Windows 10 but I got it anyway. The file it downloads is nearly 4GB. My son was complaining when he was playing a game online that the internet was slow and asked was I downloading anything, which I wasn’t, so I decided to have a look and sure enough Windows was downloading the upgrade package. After it downloaded, everyday it asked if I wanted to start the upgrade process. It also stopped any other update from being downloaded after that because the upgrade had priority over everything.
It seems, according to a report by The Inquirer, users that don’t want Windows 10 will get it anyway but initially you had to click on ‘Reserve Windows 10’ for the process to begin but now it bypasses that and downloads the upgrade to your computer regardless.
Is there a way to combat this for people that don’t want Windows 10 and don’t plan to upgrade to Windows 10?
GWX means Get Windows X (10) and is the name of the Microsoft file you’ll see running in the background if you open task manager on your computer
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.
GWX Control Panel really works, is safe and easy to use, and gives you the option to re-enable the icon and upgrade notifications if you’re ever ready to move forward with Windows 10.
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