Microsoft Windows 10’s New Update Applies To Windows 7, 8.1 Users Automatically, How To Disable It ?

Microfost hsa confirmed that it was rollingout the auto-download files for Windows 10 on PCs all across, reservation or no reservations, which means if any one running on Windows  or Windows 8.1 OS on their conmputer and hasn’t reserved it, also eligible for Windows 10 upgrade, now.

According to news reports on Register and Inquirer, Microsoft has said that it was pushing the auto-download Windows 10 upgrade files for Windows 7/8.1. Reports also suggest that a user had tipped them off about the forced auto-boot feature and added that his Internet was slow for a week, until he discovered the problem of such feature. He said that his computer tries to install the Windows 10 update “everytime the computer is booted.”

The 64-bit Windows 10 OS is around 3GB points out the report, and for those will low disk space, the surprise download can be a full hassle. Which, it’s being an auto-downloading inclusion, users can’t always pick and choose which updates should get booted, installed on their PC, although this doesn’t work on a mtered WiFi data connection.

So, the software giant made downloading of the new Windows 10 OS automatic. Imagine if you’re on a metered data connection, and you don’t want to waste your precious bandwidth on an update that you’re not going to install, but is going to cost you gigabytes of data. Windows 10 update is gigantic – multiple GBs – and not all people are too keen on downloading it over a limited connection. If you really want to avoid, you can disable it. We’ll show you how, but be advised that this involves blocking certain Windows updates that will stay blocked until you manually enable them.

Later, when you want to update to Windows 10, you will have to reverse all these steps. First ff, check if the update has already been downloaded to your PC. For that, navigate to the partition to which your Windows is installed, enable viewing of hidden files and folders, and look for a folder named $Windows.~BT. If it’s there, Windows 10’s installation files have already been saved to your PC. If not, and you’d like to keep it that way, here’s what you require and need to do:

Step 1: Locate Programs and Features in Control Panel.

Step 2: Left side, you will see an option to view installed updates. Click that.

Step 3: Now, you need to locate specific updates that need to be uninstalled. Their numbers run differently under:

Windows 7: 3035583, 2952664, 3021917

Windows 8: 3035583, 2976978

Step 4: Right-click each of the aboce updates according to your current OS, and select uninstall. You will be prompted to restart the system; it’s advisable to put that off until you’ve uninstalled all the required ones, and once done successfully, then restart your computer to finish the process.

Following this guide, you can and will prevent Windows 10 from being automatically downloaded to your system. Notably, these updates can re-download once you attempt to update your machine using Windows Update. In order to avoid that, you can hide these KBs from the available updates list in Windows Update. Problem is that if you do that, you will have to manually restore hidden updates whenever you decide to upgrade to Windows 10 in the future.

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