Stop Windows 10 upgrade Notifications

Microsoft is still persistent in getting everyone to upgrade to Windows 10 and like it or not they’re going to keep reminding us by using a nagging notification installed from Windows Updates.

If you are dealing with a business environment ensure to read over KB3080351 to see what scenarios are not affected by the Windows 10 upgrade.

Most, if not all home users, will receive the notifications via the below updates.

Windows Updates for the Windows 10 Upgrade

KB3035583 is the current culprit for pushing the Windows 10 notifications but you should take a look at removing and blocking all of the following Windows Updates.

  • (KB2952664) Compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7 – link
  • (KB2976978) Compatibility update for Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 – link
  • (KB2977759) Compatibility update for Windows 7 RTM – link
  • (KB2990214) Update that enables you to upgrade from Windows 7 to a later version of Windows – link
  • (KB3021917) Update to Windows 7 SP1 for performance improvements – link
  • (KB3022345) Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry – link
  • (KB3035583) Update installs Get Windows 10 app in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1 – link
  • (KB3044374) Update that enables you to upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 – link
  • (KB3068708) Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry – links
  • (KB3075249) Update that adds telemetry points to consent.exe in Windows 8.1 & Windows 7 – link
  • (KB3080149) Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry – link
  • (KB3123862) Updated capabilities to upgrade Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 – link
  • (KB3146449) Updated Internet Explorer 11 capabilities to upgrade Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 – link
  • (KB3150513) Compatibility Update for Windows – link

How to remove Windows Updates

For those that are unsure on how to remove Windows Updates the process is very easy. Go into Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features and in the upper left corner click into View Installed Updates.

Removing KB3035583

If any of the above mentioned updates are installed you’ll find them in here. You can use the search box in the top right corner to make it easier to find them. To remove an update, click on  it and select Uninstall, removing some updates will require a reboot.

If you are using an RMM Tool such as LabTech you should have the option to remove them from each patch approval group.

How to hide Windows Updates

Once you’ve confirmed all the above updates are no longer installed the next step is to stop them from re-downloading. (I’ll come to using GPO in a bit).

Check for new Windows Updates by going into Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Windows Update

Windows Updates for KB3035583

Once Microsoft has confirmed which updates are available you’ll be prompted to select which ones to install. Look for any of the updates I mentioned previously and right click on each one and select “hide update”, the entry should now become greyed out and will no longer be listed in future checks.

Once you’ve removed and hidden the unwanted updates move onto the next section of using Group Policy to block the Windows 10 upgrade.

Blocking Windows 10 Upgrade via Group Policy

Some people think blocking the Windows 10 Upgrade via Group Policy is enough but every scenario is different so finding and blocking the updates manually should be considered the first steps to stopping the upgrade notifications.

Press the Windows and R keys, type gpedit.msc into the run box and click ok.

Navigate Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components and click Windows Update. Double-click Turn off the upgrade to the latest version of Windows through Windows Update as shown below and click Enable, apply and OK

upgrade to the latest version of Windows through Windows Update

This post is really for home users or for the sysadmin looking for a quick removal guide for a single computer not on a domain. If you’re dealing with multiple computers then you’ll be better of compiling scripts to automate the removal process, update your script as MS pushes more new updates for the upgrade to Windows 10.

This post was last modified on 19/05/2016.