Windows 10 Upgrade Disabler
for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1
The aggressive tactics that Microsoft is taking to get users to upgrade from Windows 7/8/8.1 onto Windows 10 are increasingly documented every day.
It started with the not-so-subtle taskbar notification in KB3035583:
But now Microsoft has upped the stakes, and is making Windows 10 a recommended Windows Update. Meaning millions of unsuspecting users may accidentally upgrade without realizing it.
Additionally, Windows 10 will download in the background, using precious bandwidth and hard disk space.
Luckily, these nags can be disabled. I have created a utility called Windows 10 Upgrade Disabler that will do the job. It will give you the option to disable both the Nags and the Automatic Upgrade.
If you ever change your mind, you can run the utility again and enable nags and auto-upgrading with two clicks of the mouse.
Furthermore, the app will let you delete the gigabytes of data that the Windows 10 Install Files have placed on your hard drive (if it finds that they have been downloaded, otherwise the button will be grayed out).
*** Update: September 21, 2016 ***
According to new information from ZDNet, Microsoft is planning to update Windows 7/8 systems to remove the "Get Windows 10 App" as of this week! Hopefully this means that the application on this page will no longer be necessary. I will, however, leave this page and the download links here for those that may still have an issue, or otherwise have Windows Updates turned off.
I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has used this program if or how the new updates have affected your installation of Windows. Please drop me a line.