How To Turn Off the Windows 10 Update Message- GWX Registry Fix

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Hello can we show you only the news we agree with and keep all your personal data on OUR servers its FREE.

Hello can we show you only the news we agree with and keep all your personal data on OUR servers its FREE.

Microsoft has gone a little overboard in failing to respect users privacy. The Windows 10 platform monitors users habits so much that it is in their best interest to get it on everyone’s computer as fast as possible. The problem lies with the fact that High Ram and fairly newer Video cards while not required are highly suggested for using Windows 10.

While Microsoft is going so far as to disable features in Windows 7 so that you feel forced to use Windows X (10). You may want to keep your privacy enabled machine a few years longer.

The annoying part is the never ending pop up to upgrade to 10.

Microsoft downloaded an “update” as an essential package to your computer. While I have seen up to a dozen methods to clean up and remove this nagware called GWX there is really only a 2 step process to get your sanity back.

Registry Tweak
And Update block to prevent its redownload.

GWX Registry Tweak 3 Needed You can download this tweak and run it from here

Registry Tweak 1:

1. Type regedit in RUN or Start search box and press Enter. It’ll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

3. Create a new key under Windows key and set its name as GWX

So the final key path would be:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\GWX

4. Now select GWX key and in right-side pane create a new DWORD DisableGWX and set its value to 1

Disable_GWX_App_Icon_Windows_Registry.png

Close Registry Editor and restart your computer to take effect.

Registry Tweak 2:

1. Again in Registry Editor, go to following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

2. Create a new key under Windows key and set its name as WindowsUpdate

So the final key path would be:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

3. Now select WindowsUpdate key and in right-side pane create a new DWORD DisableOSUpgrade and set its value to 1

Close Registry Editor and restart your computer to take effect.

Registry Tweak 3:

1. Again in Registry Editor, go to following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade

2. In right-side pane, look for two DWORDs AllowOSUpgrade and ReservationsAllowed and change their values to 0

After applying all these tweaks, close Registry Editor and restart your computer to take effect.

It’ll permanently disable “Get Windows 10” app and will also remove its icon from Taskbar.

In future, if you decide to re-enable the app and its icon, simply delete the DWORDs created in above steps.

You also need to remove the APP/Windows Update that was installed to create the adds and tell Windows update NOT to reload it.

Uninstall the GWX "Required" update and block windows from downloading again in the future.

Uninstall the GWX “Required” KB3008273 update and block windows from downloading again in the future.

You can uninstall the update which actually installed this app in your system. Once you uninstall the update, it’ll automatically remove the “Get Windows 10” app from your computer.

This new update is KB3008273 which is marked as important update and if your Windows 8 computer is set to automatically install Windows updates (which is the default behavior), this new update is installed and then starts the automatic upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 operating system. Microsoft has clearly mentioned on the update information page that this update enables Window 8 to update to Windows 8.1 and enables Windows RT to update to Windows RT 8.1.

Now the question occurs, how to prevent or stop this automatic forced upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 operating system? Although we don’t encourage anyone to skip Windows 8.1 update as its essential and important update and everyone should upgrade to Windows 8.1. But still if some people don’t want to update to Windows 8.1, they can follow these simple steps to skip Windows 8.1 upgrade process:

1. First of all open Control Panel and change View by type to Large icons. Now click on Windows Update icon and then click on “Change settings” link given in left sidebar of Windows Update.

2. Now choose “Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them” option from drop-down list.

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3. Apply the changes and close Windows Update window.

4. Now go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> View installed updates and make sure following 2 updates are not installed in your computer:
◦KB2871389 (a prerequisite for Windows 8.1 upgrade as mentioned here)
◦KB3008273 (enables automatic Windows 8.1 upgrade)

5. If you find any of the above mentioned updates present in the list, right-click on the update and select Uninstall option.

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6. Restart computer and check for new updates using Windows Updates. Once it finds the above mentioned updates again, right-click on these updates and select Hide Update option.

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It’ll hide the updates and you’ll no longer receive those 2 updates in future and you’ll be able to keep Windows 8 OS in your computer.

7. In future, whenever Windows prompts you about the new updates available, double-check the updates list and make sure above mentioned 2 updates are not selected to install.

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