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How to prevent Windows 10 from installing

 
Windows 10 is offered as an update to Windows 7 and Windows 8, via Windows Update.

BusinessVision v7.76 and earlier may or may not run properly in Windows 10. Therefore I recommend that you do NOT upgrade to Windows 10. Spire and BV Essentials ARE compatible with Windows 10.

Even if the software you are running will function under Windows 10, you may not want Windows 10 for another reason: it downloads and installs as a Windows Update, and it's NOT small - the files are 2-5 GB ! This can kill your Internet bandwidth allowance for the month!

And, to top it all off, Windows 10 is loaded with spyware that sends volumes of information to Microsoft about what you are doing!

The best approach to prevent the Windows 10 upgrade from installing is to uninstall the Windows Updates that are pestering you to upgrade to it - "pre-update" updates. And after they are uninstalled you will have to change your Windows Update settings to manual, watch for these updates to come back and then Hide them.

IS IT TOO LATE AND YOUR COMPUTER HAS ALREADY INSTALLED WINDOWS 10?
If the installation happened less than 30 days ago, you can run a special "Recovery" routine that Windows 10 helpfully installed, that will roll itself back. Do a search in Windows 10 for "Recovery". Please note this is a special "Recovery" for uninstalling Windows 10 ony, and is not the usual Windows System Recovery.

QUICK SUMMARY for the tech-minded
  • Uninstall these Windows Updates:
    • Windows 7: uninstall these updates: 3035583, 2952664, 3021917
    • Windows 8: uninstall these updates: 3035583, 2976978
  • Disable the above Updates to prevent them from reinstalling
  • Use Task Manager to kill the process GWX.EXE
  • Search for GWX.EXE on your hard drive and delete it
  • Registry entry #1:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
    If that key doesn't exist, you'll need to create it.
    Create a DWORD value called DisableOSUpgrade and set it to 1.
  • Registry entry #2:
    Make the GWX icon, with its nagging notifications, vanish from the taskbar.
    To do that, you need to create the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\GWX
    If this key doesn't exist, you need to create it.
    Then create a DWORD value called DisableGWX and set it to 1

1. Uninstall these "pre-update" updates:

In Windows, go to Control Panel, Windows Update:

In the lower-left corner, click on Installed Updates. The following screen shot shows a partial list.
Scroll down until you reach the Microsoft Windows section.

The updates that you need to remove are:
•Windows 7: uninstall these updates: 3035583, 2952664, 3021917
•Windows 8: uninstall these updates: 3035583, 2976978

PLEASE NOTE the example screen shots below are NOT indicating which updates to uninstall, they are for illustrative purposes only!

 

Find these updates in the list, right-click on each one, and select Uninstall.

After confirming and going through the uninstall procedure, you will be advised that you will need to restart your computer. Don't do that yet. Make sure you uninstall ALL of the updates in the list above (NOT per the screen shots), according to your version of Windows.

Instead, click the "back arrow" near the top of the screen to go back to the main Windows Update screen.
Then click on Change Settings.

Change the Important Updates setting to one of "Download updates..." or "Check for updates...". Then click OK at the bottom of the screen.

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, this means you must manually monitor and install Windows updates.

One more thing needs to be done: You will need to tell Windows to never try to reinstall these updates.
First though, you should restart your computer.
BUT ... BEFORE you restart, you need to look for and stop a program that may be running, called GWX.EXE. This is the Microsoft update program that nags you to upgrade to Windows 10. If you don't stop it before rebooting, it will act to ensure that it starts up again once you reboot!
Use Task Manager to find and stop this process.
THEN you can reboot your computer.

When your computer is back up, go into Control Panel, Windows Update, and click "Check for Updates". Windows will go looking for updates and hopefully you will see these updates that you removed on the list of suggested Updates.
If they are persent, right-click on each and select "Hide Update".
Once again, PLEASE NOTE that I am using as an example an update other than the ones in question.

Once you have done this, you can set your Windows Update Settings back to automatic if you wish. I advised that you set them otherwise in an easrlier step in case you were not able to have the unwanted updates reappear in your list of Recommended Updates.

A few more steps to ensure it all doesn't come back! Unfortunately, these are more technical and you may need to enlist the assistance of a computer-savvy friend or IT person.

  • Use Task Manager to kill the process GWX.EXE
  • Search for GWX.EXE on your hard drive and delete it
  • Registry entry #1:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
    If that key doesn't exist, you'll need to create it.
    Create a DWORD value called DisableOSUpgrade and set it to 1.
  • Registry entry #2:
    Make the GWX icon, with its nagging notifications, vanish from the taskbar.
    To do that, you need to create the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\GWX
    If this key doesn't exist, you need to create it.
    Then create a DWORD value called DisableGWX and set it to 1
 
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