Prevent Windows 10


If you do not want Windows 10 and wish to prevent it from being installed on your computer…..

Once you have followed the procedure below, and set Windows update to NEVER, once a month, start Windows Update (WU) manually, check for updates.  When you get the list of “important” updates, right-click and choose hide on EVERY update in the Windows grouping that does not describe itself as Security.  Allow the Malicious software removal tool or any C++ updates.  Do not use ANY optional updates or place a checkmark in any unchecked updates.  Proceed to update.

Microsoft has committed to support Windows 7 until at least January 14, 2020.

A lot of people have tried Windows 10 and decided they want their Windows 7 back.  If you are one of those, once you have Windows 7 back, you will need to take steps to keep it that way.

Change the Windows Update Setting to Never check for updates.  Once a month, about a week after the 2nd Tuesday, start WU and then hide every update in the WINDOWS section, except for ones specifically labeled Security.  In other words, only security updates should be applied.  In all of 2015 and since, there was not a single update that  improved Windows 7 other than fixing security issues.

Some may feel uncomfortable with the setting — NEVER.  Well you needn’t be.  Never means you are never giving Microsoft a chance to decide what you download and install.  It should NOT mean you will never update.  The difference is that now you take control and the responsibility of updating of Windows and Office.

Read Woody Leonhard (one of the most respected writers in the trade)   Woody’s advice is that if you have Windows 7, keep it, you are better off by far.

First download and run GWX Control panel.  It will allow you to prevent any future operating system upgrades and delete downloaded Win10 files, but it will not remove all of Microsoft’s spyware that is already installed on your computer.

The following process will remove those features which you do not need.

  1. Windows Update, Installed updates, WAIT a long time till you see the green bar complete its long trip to the right
  2. Now, search for each of the listed (below) updates, uninstall them.  You must remove the earlier search item, then wait until the list is re-created each time. You need to wait till you see the number at the bottom of the search window exceed a few hundred.
  3. You do not need to restart after each uninstall, click later, until you are done.
  4. Then, clear the search box and after the list is again displayed (the number at the bottom again exceeds several hundred), enter another KB number.
  5. Restart the PC.  It may take a long time to process this.

If you choose “check for updates, but let me choose whether to download and install them”, Microsoft will download “important” updates like KB3035583 to your computer.  It will be pre-checked — selected.  Unless you check Windows Update (WU) and discover this BEFORE you shut down, it will install it during the shut-down process.  

List of updates that if already installed should be removed: