Stop nagging me!

Microsoft seems to be good at getting on our nerves.  I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of being reminded about upgrading to Windows 10 (free until July 29, 2016).

Andrew Clarke

While it would be nice if Microsoft made it easy to stop the annoying reminders with a button that says, basically, leave me alone, that is never going to happen.  That’s why I’m devoting this blog to telling you how you can eliminate this annoyance once and for all (or at least until Microsoft changes the rules).

First, let me make it clear that stopping the nagging does not mean that you don’t still have the option to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.  It merely means that you won’t be constantly hounded.

I’ll be outlining steps found in an article located at,1.html

The steps are easy, but if you’re not comfortable working in a dos window (command prompt), this solution is not for you.  You will need to run the command prompt as an administrator.  In Windows 8 / 8.1, this option is available by right-clicking on the “start” button.  Here are the commands you’ll need to run:

  • REG ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Gwx” /v DisableGWX /d 1 /f
  • REG ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate” /v DisableOSUpgrade /d 1 /f
  • REG ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade” /v AllowOSUpgrade /d 0 /f
  • REG ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade” /v ReservationsAllowed /d 0 /f
  • TASKKILL /IM GWX.exe /T /F
  •  start /wait wusa /uninstall /kb:3035583 /quiet /norestart /log
  • start /wait wusa /uninstall /kb:3035583 /quiet /norestart /log

I know the last command is listed twice. You may need to run it twice to get it to work properly.  This command removed an update Microsoft put out to create the nag message in your system tray.  Running it a second time will not hurt anything.  You can also visit the link listed above to download and download a batch file that contains these commands so you don’t have to type them manually.  Once you reboot your computer, you will not be reminded about upgrading to Windows 10.

There is also a program available that some users have used in order to not run these steps manually.  You can find it by doing a google search.  I have not listed it here because I don’t believe in running programs written and distributed on the internet unless I can verify exactly what they do.  Since the steps to stop the nagging can be run manually from a dos prompt and there aren’t very many of them, I don’t see the need to run a third-party program.  As the user, the choice is always up to you.  I am including this information for the sake of completeness.  If you decide to run a third-party program, research it fully and make sure your anti-virus software and backups are up-to-date before doing so.

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One Response to Stop nagging me!

  1. Betsy Ertel says:

    Thanks, Andrew! Very helpful as always :)

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