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Windows 10, the offer to refuse

June 4th, 2015 · 5 Comments

In the last 2 weeks, Windows 7 and 8 users have noticed a new icon in the lower right-hand side of the screen. If you hover over it you get a “Get Windows 10” offer.

Windows 10 offer

Windows 10 offer

We are Ward Computers do NOT recommend accepting Microsoft’s offer for Windows 10. It is in public Beta, which means you are their “crash dummies”.
You can easily remove this offer from your Computer.
In Windows 8 click on your “Windows” Start icon in the lower left side of the screen and start typing in “Windows Update”. In the upper right corner of the screen the text “Windows Update” should appear. Click on it.

Windows 8 Update

Windows 8 Update

Once the Windows update window is open, you will see their “ad” for Windows 10 along with the updates.
In the lower left corner click on “Installed Updates”.

View Installed Updates

View Installed Updates

There are several “sections” of updates. You can go to the upper right corner of the screen and in the “search” box, type in “KB3035583”.
It will find “Update for Microsoft Windows (KB3035583)”. Click once on it to highlight it and then at the top of your screen select the word “Uninstall”. You will get a “are you sure”, select “Yes”.



You will need to reboot.
Now go back to “Windows Update” as described above and in the upper left corner click on “Check for Updates”.


Check for updates manually

Check for updates manually

Wait, wait some more, keep waiting.

And we are waiting...

And we are waiting…

Microsoft will eventually show “X Important Updates are available” where the x = a number.

Our needed updates

Our needed updates

The update will show up in the list again. Notice how it is an “important” update! Really? Well I guess it is Important for or to Microsoft.

I'm "Important"

I’m “Important”

Click on the text “X Important Updates are available” and the individual updates will show.

Deselect KB3035553 and then right-click on it and select “Hide Update”.

Hide that puppy!

Hide that puppy!

Now it will be “greyed out” and won’t install, until Microsoft makes it a new update.

I'm not blue, I'm grey

I’m not blue, I’m grey

You can install any other needed updates by clicking on “Install” in the lower right corner of the window.
That is all there is to it for Windows 8, Windows 7 is the same however the screens look different.

If you want a PDF of this download, go to our “Books” tab at the top of this site and look for “Windows 8 to 10 offer”.

In Window 7 go to the Control Panel / Windows Update / View update history and follow the same routines.

Until we meet again, have a Virus free week!

Tags: Soap Box · Software

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Blair // Aug 10, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    This is another reason why in Windows 10 they do not want you to control updates! Only Microsoft’s decision for you is important! Microsoft knows what is best for you! You could not possibly know what is best for you like Microsoft does! Screw you Microsoft!

  • 2 The Weekly Geek // Aug 12, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Since I wrote this, I found two more “critical” updates that reinstall / add more Windows 10 ads to your system.
    KB2952664 and KB3021917. Each has to be uninstalled one at a time, then the system rebooted, then uninstall the next.
    I also found a bunch of GWX crap in the Registry and “Scheduled Tasks”. I cannot get that to be deleted. Microsoft says you have to be a “Trusted Installer”.
    While logged on as an Administrator, I get a “the user account you are using does not have permission to disable this task”.
    I tried to kill the services, scheduled tasks, delete the “GWX” folder.

  • 3 The Weekly Geek // Aug 12, 2015 at 8:41 am

    I also found this article and followed it. I also then searched the registry for “GWX” and either deleted or added “old” to the file or folder referenced.

  • 4 Bo // Oct 22, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I have windows 8.1 but I don’t use It often since I prefer Linux. That is called multiboot. I can get classic shell, and virtual desktops. My problems with Windows is that I would like to reduce the size but what programs can I take away without harming the system. I prefer to choose from free programs that I like and not MS preferences. I don’t want Cortana and shit like that and updates all the time. I don’t like their filosophy of buying, using and loving. You got your beloved money so shut up. I use it seldom and I can’ t see why I should use this spyware called windows 10 just to satisfy the egos of MS CEO:s.

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