Shortly after I finished writing my previous post dealing with my way of blocking the pesky Get Windows 10 (or GWX) app using the awesome WinPatrol family of tools, I stumbled upon Steve Gibson’s free utility called Never 10.
Never10 deals with the voluntary/forced upgrade to Windows 10 in a more elegant way, setting just the right keys in the Windows Registry to their correct values.
Never10 is completely free and portable. Download and run it to see whether your system could be available for a free upgrade to Windows 10.
If it isn’t, you will see the following message:
On the other hand, in case your system could be updated to Windows 10, you will see this message:
In that case click on the
Remove the GWX Folder
I disabled the upgrade option on my system and, consequently, decided to remove the C:\Windows\System32\GWX folder and all it’s contents.
Unfortunately, nine files could not be removed easily.
The nine files I were unable to remove in Windows Explorer using the
To remove them I had to use the free and portable Unlocker.
The process was successful and I was able to remove each one of the nine remaining files, one by one.
Check Your Windows Updates
Then, I decided to test Never10. I went to
It turns out that I wasn’t. Never10 seems to have done a good job at telling Microsoft that I don’t want to upgrade my system.
But just in case, I still have my WinPrivacy and WinAntiRansom settings in place…
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