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Monday, February 8, 2016

How To Prevent Windows 10 GWX Notification And Updates In Previous Windows Versions

First and foremost, I don't usually write on individual rights to go against security in the use of any operating system or to remain vulnerable to exploits when there have been notifications to upgrade and prevent attacks in new operating system, either through gradual migration or through quick upgrade. In this case, the latest Windows operating system tagged, Windows 10 is fairly secure enough to do so.


Image representing Windows Update and GWX

It is in your best interest to upgrade and mitigate online vulnerabilities as Microsoft is gradually decommissioning old versions of Windows with time. It will first all stop stop providing supports and relevant updates before scrapping them altogether. But, it is your prerogative to have the choice, to continue using any of the old Windows version before the deadline or upgrade.

For those who are doing that and finding the GWX notification to upgrade popping up at the system tray every time followed with barrage of Windows updates to be disturbing can take the steps below to stop them. I repeat, it is not in your best interest to do so. Most especially, when you use your operating system for important activities. It is best to upgrade despite concurrent rumour of it being used as a spyware to watch people.

This instruction is meant for those who still want to continue using Windows 7 and Windows 8 or 8.1 without having to be bothered by the nagging notification and Windows updates(including files meant to upgrade your system to Windows 10).


Image indicating Windows Key + R in red

STEP 1: Press Windows Key + R to open 'Run' dialog.


Image showing Run dialog

STEP 2: Type or copy and paste  regedit  into 'Run' dialog and click on 'OK' to continue.


Red arrow pointing to  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

STEP 3: Double-click on 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE' to expand it.


Image of red arrows pointing to process

STEP 4: Next double-click on 'SOFTWARE' and 'Policies' to expand them respectively.


Red arrows pointing to process

STEP 5: Right-click on 'Microsoft' and select 'New' from the drop-down menu and click on 'Key'.


Image of two red arrow indicating process

STEP 6: Replace 'New Key#1' with 'Windows Update'  and double-click on the created key to open it.


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STEP 7: Right-click on the white blank space to the right-hand side of the registry editor and select 'New' and click on 'DWORD(32-bit value) to create it.


Image pointing to value data location

STEP 8: Rename the created 'New Value' with WindowsOSUpdate'. Right-click on it, select' Modify...' from the drop-down menu and change the 'value data' from 0 to 1 and click on 'OK' to close it.


Image of red arrows indicating process

STEP 9: Right-click on ' Microsoft' and select 'New' from the drop-down menu. Next, click on 'Key' to create it.


Red arrow indicating process

STEP 10: Rename 'New Key#1' to 'GWX' and double-click on the created key to open it.


Red arrows pointing to process

STEP 11: Right-click on the white blank space to the right-hand side of the registry editor and select 'New' and Click on 'DWORD(32-bit value) to create it.


Image of red arrows indicating process

STEP 13: Rename the created 'New Value' to ' WindowsGWX' .


Red arrows pointing to process

STEP 14:  Right-click on it, select Modify...' from the drop-down menu and change the 'Value data' from 0 to 1.