Since early March, there has been an increase in complaints about the Get Windows 10 app in Windows 7 and 8.1 automatically upgrading systems to Windows 10. A few third-party solutions have been developed to block GWX and associated updates that facilitate the installation of Windows 10. We previously looked at the most popular options, GWX Control Panel. The latest solution to the cat and mouse game is Never 10 by renowned security expert Steve Gibson.
Block Get Windows 10 Using Never 10
Never 10 is a small, easy to use app that’s portable, so no installer is required. The utility works on Windows 7 and Windows 8. After downloading it, double-click never10.exe and then select the Disable Win10 Upgrade button.
When it’s enabled, it will display a green notification, “Windows 10 OS Upgrade is DISABLED on this system.” On the other hand, enabling it is just as simple. Click Enable Win10 Upgrade. The Windows 10 Upgrade will once again be available.
Does it Work?
I tried it out on a couple of computers, and I’m not so sure it is full proof. After enabling Never 10 on another computer, and then launching Get Windows 10; there was still a countdown timer indicating Windows 10 would be installed in 60 minutes. I also noticed that it does not hide the annoying GWX icon on the taskbar.
If you don’t want the Windows 10 upgrade, give Never 10 a try and let us know how your experience with it goes in the comment section below.
Disable Windows 10 Upgrade using Get Windows 10 App
I was able to use the Get Windows 10 app itself to disable the Windows 10 upgrade with no further notifications. When doing this, you’ll need to make sure to select the appropriate buttons and links. On some of the screens, it’s not always obvious what to choose.
Launch the Get Windows 10 App, if you don’t see it, press Windows key + R they type: gwx.exe then hit Enter. This will launch the Get Windows 10 app, if you see the message shown below, click I need more time below the timer.
And then click the Reschedule link underneath the timer.
On the next screen click Cancel scheduled upgrade.
Next, click the Cancel scheduled upgrade button.
You won’t be bothered or automatically updated to the new OS. You can also manually block the Windows 10 upgrade through the Windows Registry, check out our previous article for instructions.
At least this second method works for now. There’s always a possibility that Microsoft will push another update that will make it harder to use the GWX app to stop Windows 10.