Windows 10: the automatic update starts, how not to install it?

It's now official, Microsoft now downloads Windows 10 automatically in Windows Updates. A few days ago, users had already seen it and the information is now confirmed. In addition to notifications and the presence of the "Get Windows 10" logo in place since June 2015, this is one more way to remind users that Windows 10 is waiting for them. To avoid growing the controversy around this sometimes a little too strong incentive, Microsoft has however indicated that the upgrade would not be completely automatic and that confirmation would be necessary to start the process.

Article updated on 27/05/2015 : Microsoft recently updated its self-promoting "Get Windows" program by offering to schedule the update. If it is possible to cancel it by clicking on a discrete link in the window, clicking on the closing cross automatically causes the update to be scheduled. Here are the precautions to avoid the installation.

Disable schedule window and more

To no longer see a planning proposal appear and at the same time delete the "Get Windows 10" icon, it is possible to make this choice in the customization options of the notification area in a few clicks:

For those who would like to go further in the options for blocking the update to Windows 10, the GWX Control Panel software offers many options such as deleting temporary items uploaded.

In detail: prevent Windows 10 update, block forced installation

Disable recommended updates

If the attentive users do not have to worry thanks to this possibility of refusal during the confirmation, it is not the same for those who manage a computer used by several people. In addition, Microsoft does not yet describe the exact scenario of the procedure that it will use or the moment during which the update proposal will present itself.

Prevention is better than cure, they say, and Windows Update settings offer this possibility. In Windows 7 and 8, an option allows you to choose to receive only important updates, that is to say generally those concerning security vulnerabilities, while leaving aside the less important recommended updates. In windows 7 you have to go to the control panel in the security section and in the section dedicated to Windows Update. On the left, by clicking on "Change settings", you will find the uncheck box "Receive recommended updates in the same way that you receive important updates".

In Windows 8, it is also possible to go through the new settings panel under "Update and recovery" and "Windows Update" by modifying the installation mode for updates and then unchecking the box "Contact me recommended updates the same way I get important updates".

In detail: how not to install Windows 10 automatically in Windows 7 and 8

What to do if the installation started?

Once this box is unchecked, you can therefore avoid any unwanted installation. Another solution allows you to backtrack if it is already too late. When the update starts, let the process complete. Once in Windows 10, a downgrade option accessible for a month allows you to go back.

In detail: Remove Windows 10 to return to Windows 7, 8 or 8.1

Windows 10 paid from July 29

As a reminder, Windows 7 and 8 users benefit from free updates for Windows 10, but this is limited in time. If this trick allows you to extend the time a little to give Windows 10 time to stabilize with its second anniversary update, it will however be necessary to make a choice before July 29, 2016. After this date, users will have to update the hand to wallet.

To be completely aware of the possibilities of updating and the implications before this date, we offer a series of questions and answers on the end of free Windows 10. To be consulted by all those who are still reluctant to take the plunge.

Read here: Questions and answers about the end of free Windows 10

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