How to stop automatic downloading Windows 10 on computers running Windows 7 or 8.1
Microsoft again excelled. This time not as much as in the case of the privacy issue in Windows 10 users, but the press has already raised the noise.
It turns out that Microsoft automatically downloads the installation files of Windows 10 on computers running Windows 7 and 8.1, even if they didn’t ask for. In other words, the company does it «just in case». The whole installer, which is 3.5 or more gigabytes of disk space, loaded in a hidden folder $Windows.~BT.
The company didn’t deny anything, adding that files are loaded only on the computers of users who have opted in to receive automatic Windows updates. But because such a lot? Given that automatic updates are enabled by default, it is likely that the distribution of «tens» might have time to settle on millions of computers without the knowledge of their owners.
The situation is compounded by the fact that after removing the installation files of the new OS are downloaded again. You can just disable automatic updates, but it indicates a lack of proper protection.
Dissatisfaction with the «victims» is justified: not everyone has unlimited Internet and not everyone has the extra gigabytes on disk. Hopefully, MS will come to their senses and stop this practice.
How to block the automatic download of Windows 10
Unfortunately, the magic button that would allow to do it, does not exist, but the company offers a special patch, thanks to which, according to the official documentation, you can block upgrade to Windows 10.
I can’t guarantee that the method works at 100%, so in advance please forgive me if you wasted your time.
Download the patch from Microsoft (Windows 7, Window 8.1) for your operating system, install it and restart the computer.
Open the local group policy Editor (gpedit.msc) and navigate to computer Configuration / Administrative templates / Windows Components / Windows update. Double-click Disable upgrade to latest version of Windows via Windows update. Click to Include. That’s about it.
If gpedit.msc is not part of the edition of your operating system, then open the registry Editor and go here:
Most likely, the section of the WindowsUpdate you will have to create it manually. Alternatively, right-click on the Windows folder and select new -> Key.
In the created subkey, create a DWORD value with the name DisableOSUpgrade. As the value put 1.
Close the registry and restart PC.