No intention of upgrading to Windows 10? Fed up with the constant nagging? Read on!
If 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:
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:
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!
- GWX Control Panel home page and download: http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/
- Here’s a handy link to a comprehensive user guide: GWX Control Panel User Guide