Stopping Windows 7 or 8 from Automatically Downloading Windows 10

Stopping Windows 7 or 8 from Automatically Downloading Windows 10

Dec 19, 2015 | (616) Views


First thing first, the instructions we are about to give you, we have tested ourselves, and have had no issues with. So make sure you are comfortable with making the changes before performing them, because if something goes wrong it's all on you to fix it or find someone to fix it. That being said, the directions should be rather easy to do and perform.

Now, most people do not have a problem with upgrading to Windows 10, and I'm not one to say they should have a problem with it. Truth is, it's not our place to tell you what to do. Privacy concerns seem to be a real issue though, and the fact you're being constantly forced to deal with the "Upgrade Now", and in some cases being reported, forced to automatically upgrade, doesn't really give off a great vibe. From our understanding, the installer is just being downloaded to your marching, which is 3GB, and using your network to help with their process of installing it on other machines as well. People who don't have unlimited bandwidth, well it can cost them a lot of money.

According the official statement provided by Microsoft: “For those who have chosen to receive automatic updates through Windows Update, we help customers prepare their devices for Windows 10 by downloading the files necessary for future installation. This results in a better upgrade experience and ensures the customer’s device has the latest software.”

So disabling your automatic updates can help, but then you'll have to manually check to see if any important updates are released. But now, for the reason you are here.

Make Windows 10 Stop Downloading the Easy Way

If you want the simple and easy way to get rid of that annoying "Get Windows 10" icon, and stop your pc from downloading it, you can use this piece of freeware called GWX Control Panel that comes direct from a developer who isn't to happy with Microsoft either.

Download it, run it, and then click the “Disable Get Windows 10 App (permanently remove icon)” button. And then click the “Disable Operating System Upgrades in Windows Update” button too for good measure.

You’ll have to reboot, but at the end, the icon will be gone and your computer shouldn’t get the upgrade. And luckily you can click those buttons again to put things back the way they were.

If you are not comfortable with this approach there is a forum from Microsoft that might help you instead.We are going to avoid any comments on the forum topic as we have not tried this method. We went with the first approach and have had no problems thus far with anymore Windows 10 asking to update or install.

We hope this helps you if you're looking to not upgrade, and if you are not comfortable with doing this yourself, reach out and ask us, or another professional to help you with it.

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