How To Stop ‘Upgrade to Windows 10’ Nagging

No intention of upgrading to Windows 10? Fed up with the constant nagging? Read on!

gwx notice2If you’re running Windows 7 or 8 and do not want to upgrade to Windows 10, you are probably growing rather tired of the persistent upgrade notices. There’s also a chance that Windows 10 installer files have been or will be downloaded to your computer surreptitiously in the background.

GWX Control Panel is a free program specifically designed to run on Windows 7/8 and put an end to Windows 10 upgrade annoyances, including; stopping the constant nagging, preventing Windows from downloading the installer files (as well as deleting any files that have already been downloaded), and removing the “Get Windows 10” nagware from the notification area.

GWX (Get Windows 10 – where ’10’ is represented by the equivalent Roman numeral) is Microsoft’s name for the system which prompts users to upgrade to Windows 10, hence the name GWX Control Panel.

GWX Control Panel is available in both installer and standalone/portable versions. I tested the portable version on a Windows 8.1 system and it works as advertised. Download consists of a 4.3MB single executable which scans 100% clean through Virus Total. Simply double click the downloaded executable to run the program:

gwx control pnael-main interface

As you can see the interface is pretty basic, simply providing a run down of which GWX components are active on the system plus a series of options to disable them, as well as to delete any installer files already downloaded. Note the reference to “Save Diagnostic Info” under “Status and settings summary”. It took me a little while to locate the menu but I eventually discovered it by clicking on the icon in the top left corner of the interface:

gwx control panel-menu

You can also enable the program’s optional Monitor Mode feature which runs quietly in the background watching for unexpected system changes and alerting you immediately any new settings or files associated with Windows 10 are detected.

Plus, as Daniel pointed out in his comment below, if for some reason you change your mind, all the actions are reversible up until the free Windows 10 upgrade period has expired.

So there you have it, a free and simple way to rid yourself of all the constant upgrade nagging, while at the same time ensuring that Windows 10 doesn’t manage to sneak in the back door. Too easy!


About the Author

Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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