Don't Want Windows 10? Check Your Windows Update Settings Now


In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will shortly be pushed to Windows Update as an "Optional" update and, starting in January, all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers will be getting Windows 10 as a "Recommended" update. Depending on your Window Update settings, this could cause Windows 10 to be installed as an automatic update. 

Microsoft says that before your current Windows version is updated you'll be clearly prompted whether you want to continue or not, but given the upgrade/update issues that have been involved with Windows 10, I'm opting to keep my update settings to "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them".

You can change your Windows Update settings by going to Start/Control Panel/Windows Update/Change Settings and view your options from the drop down menu under Important updates.

If you change your mind about Windows 10 and want to revert to your previous Windows version, you'll have 31 days to uninstall Windows 10. To reverse the upgrade, go to Settings/Update and Security/Recovery and Uninstall Windows 10.

If you're thinking of upgrading to Windows 10, this is a good time to do it - Microsoft will be pushing out a significant upgrade to Windows 10 in the next week or two.

If you're a tech type or have more than one computer, the good news is that Microsoft is updating the Media Creation Tool. The Media Creation Tool is used to create DVD ISOs or USB images of  Windows 10 - you'll be able to create a single image that can upgrade (or do a clean install if you have a Windows 10 license) on 32 bit and/or 64 bit systems, Home or Pro, on all your devices. No more separate tools for 32 bit and 64 bit versions. :)

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You're more than welcome, and thanks for compliments. There's often someone who gets a great idea or the scoop on something new, either us or some of the other awesome tech sites I know of.
I can't speak for the other editors, but part of what I do here is write up excellent content from other sites  I'm not picky, I want to bring our readers the best. :)

I particularly appreciate your comment since this site is a community run site, that is, all of us volunteer our time and whatever skills we have.

Hey Gizmodians. I wanted to say that I think all of the contributors here are rock stars, and I want everyone's autograph. But first, I saw that little white Windows icon suddenly show up on my task bar, and had no idea what it was for the longest time, and wasn't particularly curious. It was something Windows. They wouldn't do something bad to me, I was a verified user. So I just went along my merry way like all the other sheeple, oblivious to the fact that the company that created the operating system I was currently using, was trying to slip an entire other operating system onto my computer, right under my nose. That's nuts!

I heard about Windows 10 being released, and when I read that the task bar icon was some sort of link to download it (or so I thought), I started looking into it, and that included reading everything Gizmo's was saying about it from start to finish. One day, I happened to be browsing and an article title caught my eye, and scared the crap out of me! I read all of it, and all the comments, and read other articles about it, and I followed all their instructions, and sure enough, when I searched for it, I found that KB3035583 had been downloaded and successfully installed as a "Recommended" Security update for Windows 7 64-bit systems, so I immediately uninstalled the update, and the little white icon disappeared.

That article and the comments below it, were very informative, and I am recommending them highly. So now my question is, ese articles as well as the comments below, were incredible informative, and I am recommending them. My big question now is, is it ok to post a link to an outside website's article, or would it be a horrifying internet tech site faux pas? I guess there's only one way to find out. Here goes...

Thanks so much for your kind words. :) We don't allow links to commercial software in the comments, and the article you link to is a good one. :) You can find basically the same information on our site as well, along with a link to that incredibly useful utility called GWX Stopper: How to Stop Windows 7/8.1 from Nagging You to Upgrade to Windows 10

I wouldn't trust any 'free' download from Microsoft, it is liable to reset stuff on your computer so you HAVE to accept windows 10 -with out you even knowing it...That is what I think of their 'freebies', NOT TRUSTED!!

I'm not at all surprised that Microsoft has gone from presenting a free offer to trying to ram this down everyone's throats. The company's arrogance really has no limits. I disabled Window updates soon after I heard they would be offering Windows 10 free. Almost certain the next operating system I use will be a Linux one.

I downloaded and installed the free upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as it was available, and almost immediately reverted back to windows 7. The reversion was clean and easy, until I realized that taskscheduler became completely fubar'd. There is a fix for it that is constantly being updated and worked beautifully for me, search for Repairtasks on Codeplex if you need it.
I also had problems getting regular updates, and had to jump thru hoops - I ran cleanup to completely get rid of the windows 10 downloaded installation files, uninstalled windows updates KB3035583 and KB2952664, and unchecked recommended updates in the update settings. Those updates showed up again under optional updates but I have them set to hidden and still have till July 2016 to restore them and download and install Windows 10, which by then will hopefully have the bugs worked out.

Thanks for the helpful (and thourough!) information. :) I haven't installed Windows 10 as yet on any of my machines, though that has more to do with bandwidth allowance than anything else. I'll get it installed on one of my systems eventually. I wish Microsoft would send you a CD or DVD like they used to. :)