Microsoft has become extremely aggressive when it comes to distributing Windows 10. I have recently received reports from several users stating that Windows 10 is attempting to install itself as part of regular updates, and stopping the process is becoming more and more difficult. As a result, I am writing this article for anyone who wants to stop this madness once and for all.
Manual fixes are becoming less and less effective because Microsoft keeps changing the rules. A product called GWX Control Panel, created by Ultimate Outsider, was created to protect you from unwanted Windows 10 upgrades and notifications without disabling important operating system features. The product:
- Disables “Get Windows 10″ nagware
- Prevents Windows 10 upgrades
- Restores the Windows Update control panel if it has been hijacked
- Locates and deletes hidden Windows 10 installation files
- Includes a monitor mode to prevent future attempts by Microsoft to install Windows 10
For more detailed information about what GWX Control Panel does and doesn’t do, visit http://blog.ultimateoutsider.com/2015/08/using-gwx-stopper-to-permanently-remove.html.
If you want to take advantage of the features available in GWX Control Panel, use this link to download and install the program: http://nemtinc.com/support/gwx_control_panel.exe.
- If the “Get Windows 10″ app is running, click the button labeled “Click to Prevent ‘Get Windows 10′ App.”
- If you don’t want Windows 10 right now, click the button labeled “Click to Prevent Windows 10 Upgrades.”
- To remove files already downloaded, click the button labeled “Click to Delete Windows 10 Download Folders.”
Enabling Monitor Mode is optional. It runs in the background looking for unexpected signs that Windows 10 is attempting to find a way to install itself.
The items listed above should prevent Windows 10 from unexpectedly installing. Some buttons will not be available if they don’t apply to you. If you want to find out the function of the other buttons, click the button labeled “Click to Display User Guide…” In some cases, you may be able to free up additional hard disk space. The guide also include links to YouTube videos concerning the product.