Is Microsoft Forcing Windows 10 on You?
Microsoft is pushing Windows 10 harder than it’s ever pushed any previous version of its flagship product. Every device out there has received the “Get Windows 10” installation utility, which nags users to download and install Win 10. But Microsoft has gone a step further, actually pushing multi-gigabytes of Win 10 files onto the hard drives of people who haven’t asked for it. Here's what to do...
Get Rid of Unwanted Windows 10 Files
It's just to make things easier on you when you decide to do the right thing, and install Windows 10, of course. But if you plan to stick with Windows 7 or 8.1 for a while, these Win 10 files are crapware: stuff you didn’t request and don’t plan to use, and which are just taking up scarce storage space.
Here’s how to get rid of them, and how to get Windows 10 when you are ready.
The “Get Windows 10” downloader and system tray nagware was installed by Windows Update as Update KB3035583. This was a pretty sneaky trick; the update’s description says only, “enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications when new updates are available to the user.”
Uninstalling KB3035583 gets rid of the “Get Windows 10” utility on most systems. To uninstall the update on Windows 7 or Windows 8 systems: Go to Control Panel, then Programs, then Programs and Features. Click on “View Installed Updates" and you will see the list of installed updates in your Windows system. Search for KB3035583, select it with the mouse, and choose “Uninstall“. If a User Account Control (UAC) dialog asks for your confirmation, click on “Yes“.
Next, you need to make sure Windows Update doesn’t install KB3035583 again. Type “windows update” in the Start menu search box and click on that phrase at the top to open Windows Update. Click “change settings” in the left-hand sidebar. Uncheck “Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates.”
How Important Is Windows 10?
Some users reported that KB3035583 was elevated to “important” status on their machines. If that’s the case on your computer, you’ll need to hide KB3035583 to prevent it from being installed with other important updates. Highlight KB3035583 in the list of available updates, right-click, and select “hide update.”
If the “Get Windows 10” utility has already downloaded part or all of the full set of Windows 10 upgrade files, you may want to recover that 6 GB of disk space. The files will be in a system folder on your boot drive (typically C:) named $Windows.~BT.
System files and folders may be hidden from view. To reveal them, open File Explorer to view your C: drive and click “Organize” on the menu bar. Select “Folder and search options” and then the “View” tab. Check the “Show hidden files…” radio button.
If you find $Windows.~BT don’t simply delete it. Instead, run the Disk Cleanup tool, which will run for a while. (You'll find it via the Start Menu.) When it’s ready, you will see a window full of items that you can select for deletion. Check “Temporary Windows installation files” and “Windows Update Cleanup” as show in the image below.
When you click “OK” the Disk Cleanup tool will ask if you’re sure you want to delete these files permanently; answer “yes.” Reboot your system and you’re good to go.
When you’re good and ready to install Windows 10, just follow the instructions in my article, How To Get Windows 10 Right Now. Keep in mind that the timeframe to upgrade your Windows 7/8 system to Windows 10 for free ends on July 29, 2016. My guess is that date will be extended, but there's no guarantee of that.
Also note that each time you install Windows 10, you get 30 days to change your mind and revert back to your previous version of Windows. I covered this procedure in How To Undo A Windows 10 Upgrade.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 6 Oct 2015
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