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How to avoid being "upgraded to Win 10" against your will:


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#176
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Simple batch to remove Windows 10 offer/spam and tracking from Win 7/8

 

Custom brute-force batch (paste code to notepad and save as cmd):

powershell get-hotfix -id kb2977759,kb2990214,kb2952664,kb3021917,kb3022345,kb3068708,kb3035583,kb3044374,kb2976978,kb3050265,kb3075249,kb3080149
@ECHO off
COLOR 16
ECHO
ECHO Removing Windows 10 Update offers
ECHO ver 08/20/2015
start /wait wusa /uninstall /kb:2977759 /quiet /norestart
start /wait wusa /uninstall /kb:2990214 /quiet /norestart
start /wait wusa /uninstall /kb:2952664 /quiet /norestart
start /wait wusa /uninstall /kb:3021917 /quiet /norestart
start /wait wusa /uninstall /kb:3022345 /quiet /norestart
start /wait wusa /uninstall /kb:3068708 /quiet /norestart
start /wait wusa /uninstall /kb:3035583 /quiet /norestart
start /wait wusa /uninstall /kb:3044374 /quiet /norestart
start /wait wusa /uninstall /kb:2976978 /quiet /norestart
start /wait wusa /uninstall /kb:3050265 /quiet /norestart
start /wait wusa /uninstall /kb:3075249 /quiet /norestart
start /wait wusa /uninstall /kb:3080149 /quiet /norestart
ECHO
ECHO Spyware were sucessfully uninstalled!
ECHO ===========================================
ECHO
ECHO Don't forget disable these updates:
ECHO Windows 7:
ECHO ===========================================
ECHO KB2977759, KB2990214, KB2952664, KB3021917,
ECHO KB3022345, KB3068708, KB3035583, KB3075249
ECHO and KB3080149
ECHO Windows 8/8.1:
ECHO ===========================================
ECHO KB3022345, KB3068708, KB3035583, KB3044374
ECHO KB2976978, KB3075249 and KB3080149
ECHO ===========================================
ECHO
ECHO Press any key to restart.
ECHO
PAUSE
C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe /r /t 10 /c "This system will restart in 10 seconds"
EXIT

Source: http://forums.mydigi...ng-from-Win-7-8


Edited by alacran, 23 August 2015 - 01:50 PM.

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And, though these info need to be verified the above list is seemingly not exhaustive:

https://freedomhacke...indows-10-4568/

 

Let us not fall in the same "philosophical" issue as in the Windows 10 thread, please :):

http://www.msfn.org/...0/#entry1106470

 

 

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It gets to be almost like work to keep a thread like this up to date with a complete list.

Philosophically, a blanket...

review every update BEFORE installing and hide any that purports to make Windows 7 / 8 more like 10

...guideline needs to be invoked.

I have chosen to hide both KB3075249 and KB3080149 on my Win 7 and 8.1 systems myself, as these appear to fall under the above guideline. I suggest others do the same.

-Noel

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I'll just leave this here (another epic quote from this McFluffy guy from the Pale Moon forum, he must be a relative of Mr. Spock, devastatingly logical):
 

"Totally absurd, how much time is it now necessary to spend on protecting Win7 from being infected by its developer?"



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I guess the effort drops off if one just stops accepting updates.

 

But ooh, but that's scary - what about zero day exploits for heretofore undiscovered bugs?  You know, those bugs that Microsoft left in?

 

-Noel



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First of all, sorry for not reading the entire thread, I stopped at page 5.

 

I'll be doing a full ISO backup first of course so I can hopefully roll back to 8.1 if necessary!

 

I wonder if Microsoft might make your 8.1 license no longer valid when you "upgrade"?

 

I think arguments of "they wouldn't dare do that" are all pretty much moot.

 

-Noel

 

 

 

Having been through it and read all the screens, what do you feel you've accomplished by "reserving your copy", Tripredacus?  Just curious.

 

I'm having trouble reconciling the statement from Microsoft that we'll be eligible for a "free upgrade" for up to a year after RTM, and at the same time the statement "you may miss out" seen in at least one of the reservation screens.

 

The only thing I could derive from it as a guess is that "reserving" is tantamount to giving permission for them to install the upgrade on the first day.  The worrisome part of that is what it could do to your existing license.  I doubt they're going to make it easy to go back or allow people to continue to run the old version.

 

-Noel

 

I can confirm that the Windows 8.1 license is still valid after having upgraded to Windows 10 then having reverted to a clean install of Windows 8.1. That's what I've just done in the past 4 or 5 days (upgrading, screaming YUCK!!!, trying to use the embedded 'go back to my previous system' and being denied the fact, then reinstalling everything from scratch). Speak of a blissful week!

 

Also, I have learnt in the past days that once the upgrade to Windows 10 is done on a system during that one-year free upgrade period, and the system has been reverted to a previous version, it can later be upgraded again to Win 10. This is reportedly due to the product key system being replaced by an "entitlement" system.

 

That's a fact I've seen happen, too: not all of them are necessarily offered to every system. It seems that, by hiding some of 'em, other(s) are not even offered. And, of course, at this point in time we have no way, AFAIK, of proactively hiding an update before it's offered. One more reason we must keep eyes wide open.

This hints at the reason why I have performed a web search, and landed on this thread. After the clean install of Win 8.1 I have just done, I haven't installed a single WU update yet. I've only reinstalled the programs that I had been forced to install in Program Files (and not in a distinct folder on a separate drive). I now have 209 important updates (including MS Office) and 15 optional (not sure this is the exact term used in English versions - its written "facultatif" in my French system) ones.

 

Of all the items in the list that @dencorso provided in the opening post, I could only see KB2976978, KB3035583, KB3044374 (adhering to NoelC's stance, I'll let this one through), and KB3046480.

 

Side note: am I the only one to lament the fact that WU entries can't be filtered or searched? (In versions prior to Win 10 since that system no longer gives you any choice as to whether to install an update or not).

 

I can't see: KB3022345, KB3050267, KB3065988, KB3068708, KB3075249, KB3075851 and KB3080149. Is this normal? Because the problem with my case is that no WU installation has occurred yet. So the "hide one, some won't show up" hypothesis cannot apply.


Edited by Voodoo Priest, 26 August 2015 - 01:20 PM.


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Thanks for the confirmation, VoodooPriest.  I had heard rumors of that elsewhere, but not seen a definite post where someone had to go through exactly what you did and was successfully able to reactivate.

 

I feel for you.  I have tested Win 10 in a VMware virtual machine environment, and made the judgment not to upgrade without having had to go through what you did.

 

At the moment, on my fully updated Win 8.1 system (on which I have NOT been offered Win 10), I have hidden these:

 

KB2976978

KB3035583

KB3046480

KB3068708

KB3075249

KB3080149

 

Edit:  I imagine some additional ones will show up after you get started installing them.

 

-Noel


Edited by NoelC, 26 August 2015 - 01:36 PM.


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@alacran: Thanks for the cross-post






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