Ok so this is a Windows 10 upgrade question. I hate it and tried it then switched back. Then I removed the update that has the popups and allows it to update. I labeled it as an update not to install. Then I also added it to the list of installs not allowed in my Avast-antivirus firewall. Yet just this morning
Ok so this is a Windows 10 upgrade question. I hate it and tried it then switched back. Then I removed the update that has the popups and allows it to update. I labeled it as an update not to install. Then I also added it to the list of installs not allowed in my Avast-antivirus firewall. Yet just this morning It started to install so I hard shutdown my PC to prevent it. Is this not illegal? I would think it is since I turned off the update through Windows Update as well as made it where my firewall should block it. From having my anti-virus consider it a bad program you would think that by Microsoft bypassing it to get this update on my PC it is some sort of illegal action regarding your personal privacy or space.
Ethan Eaton: Each update is unique. The one you previously blocked might be different from the one that tried to install. By disabling the pop up you also disabled the message that would have told you about the pending update in advance so it's sort of a double-edged sword. The same pop up would have provided a means to stop it before it could take effect.
Microsoft recently switched the upgrade from optional to recommended update so if you don't want it all you have to do is visit the Windows Update settings and remove the check mark from "Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates." This is is one of those optional settings that users must set themselves which is why you probably have no legal recourse. I'm not a lawyer though so don't take that for legal advise or anything.
The official way to disable the pop up and prevent the upgrade is listed in this article.
Anywho, the writer provides a link to two files that will edit/add two values to the registry. One gets rid of the pop up and the other prevents the upgrade. Here's an easy link to both files. You can read them before downloading since the text is easy to understand even for the non-techie.
After you download just give each file a double-click. It'll give you an "are you sure" message. Click OK and do a reboot and you're finished.
To stop this you need to take your lappy out of updating automatically. DO NOT try the simple registry fix trick. It leaves the update that install 10 on your system active on your puter. M$ came up with that so down the road they can activate it again and slip 10 in on you.
First get rid of the Windows 10 update notification. You need to open the Task Master and terminate GWX.exe. Then open control panel and click on programs and features. In the upper left corner you will see view Windows Updates. Click on it and look for KB 3035583, uninstall it. Then delete this folder Windows\System32\GWX to get rid of any trace of it.
With that done, go back to the control panel and click on Windows updates. In the upper left corner click on change settings. Then change important updates to never check for updates. This puts your updates in the manual mode. Reboot the system and go back to your control panel. Click on Windows updates and then click check for updates. Find the update KB 3035583 and hide it so it does not get installed again. Let us know if this does not work, M$ keeps coming up with new methods to force 10 on people.
You should also uninstall these updates and hide them too. KB 3068708 KB 3022345 KB 3075249 KB 3080149 These updates give 7 and 8 the same spying capability as 10 has.
You should also uninstall these updates and hide them too KB 2952664 KB 2976978 KB 2977759 KB 3050265 KB 3050267 KB 3068708 These have to do with compatibility with being upgrade to 10 and need to be dealt with.
If this seems to much and want a more simpler method, download and use Never10 by Steve Gibson of GRC. Great little program that makes it easy to turn it off or on.
Well, even if you bought windows it doesnt belong to you and Microsoft still holds the rights to change anything they want about the OS. So, in short, no, it is not illegal for them to do this. See this is what happens when you buy "Licenses".
It is very poor programming on the part of Microsoft. Just what you expect from a company that can never get an operating system right or any other software.