How to disable Windows 10 upgrade notifications
Toward the end of 2015, Microsoft stiffened its pressure on Windows 7 and 8.1 users to upgrade to Windows 10. In June, an unexpected Get Windows 10 system tray icon began to display. Those who have not yet taken Microsoft up on its upgrade offer now see a recommendation notification dialog added to the fray. It is a free upgrade to Windows 10 for most. But the incessant pestering may leave one wanting only to disable Windows 10 upgrade notifications altogether.
The Get Windows 10 dialog seems to launch automatically when a system restarts, and a user logs in. Missing from the dialog is an option to prevent it from displaying again. The option given to users is to Upgrade now or to Start download, upgrade later. A scroll through the five-paneled window does not locate an option to decline the upgrade offer. The remaining choice left for users is clicking the red X to close the window, only to be greeted by the dialog again later.
This is where GWX Control Panel may come in handy. If you are happy to stick with your Windows 7 or 8.1 operating system, the free GWX Control Panel program can remove Get Windows 10 notifications and upgrades, and prevent their re-installation. The program performs these functions without interfering with other Windows features. According to their User Guide:
The goal of GWX Control Panel is to protect you from unwanted Windows 10 upgrades and notifications without disabling important or popular operating system features, and without requiring you to change the way you work with Windows.
Download GWX Control Panel from the Ultimate Outsider Downloads page. The developer, Josh Mayfield/Ultimate Outsider, recommends using the installer over the stand-alone executable. Once installed, launch GWX Control Panel when prompted (or click the shortcut on your desktop). We installed it on a Windows 7 system where Windows 10 has not been downloaded (hence no download folder to delete).
The program runs the gamut of addressing pesky Get Windows 10 upgrades and notifications. Rid your system of the Get Windows 10 system tray icon, prevent automatic upgrades, delete Windows 10 download folder and programs, and much more, all at the push of a button or two. The User Guide includes details about configuring and using GWX Control Panel. It is complete and updated with information about the current version. A troubleshooting guide is also available to address common issues that may arise.
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