Showing posts with label Windows 8.1. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Windows 8.1. Show all posts

May 15, 2016

Remove Windows Nagging To Upgrade To Windows 10

Remove Windows Nag Icon To Upgrade To Windows 10 

Microsoft has pushed out a nag tray icon, that never goes away and you cant close it, trying to get people to upgrade to Windows 10.

While it is fine to offer something like that, the point that you cant get rid of it or close it, is what the problem is and shows how desperate Microsoft is to get their piece of the App Store pie that Apple and Google enjoy.

Option 1: One way to get rid of this nag ware is to remove the update that installed it. You must uninstall KB3035583.

"To do this, launch Control Panel, click on Programs > Programs and Features, and in the left side of the screen hit the “View installed updates” section.

Look for KB3035583 in the list, right-click it and hit the remove option. If you don’t want to be bothered again in the future, just hide it and no other notifications will be displayed because the update won’t be installed again on your PC."


Option 2. There have even been others who have found it goes even deeper than that.

"After you uninstall KB3021917, KB3035583 and KB3022345, you also need to disable two tasks in Task Scheduler.

There are two tasks under TaskScheduler > Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > Application Experience, "Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser" and "ProgramDataUpdater", that will continue to contact telemetry servers even if telemetry is disabled. These tasks run and phone home even if CEIP is opted-out of. Reproduce (on Win7 Pro)"


Option 3. Simple .bat file script

But if you are a tech and have a lot of computers you now need to remove this from, then going to each machine and removing it, rebooting, then hiding it from the updates is going to be a pain, even if you write a script for it.

To avoid a reboot you can simply stop the exe that is running the tray icon, rename it the folder and be done. I have made a bat file to do this for you, just make sure to run it as administrator of course.

You can download the bat file in a zip here:  Remove_MS_Upgrade_To_10_Nag.zip - Direct Download

Here is the bat file script

(Updated 12-21-2015 There is now registry keys you can set to finally stop it)

(Updated 08-12-2015 the switch /skipsl switch as it doesnt work on Windows 7)

(Updated 08-10-2015, added removing of the scheduled tasks that are installed with it as well.)

(Updated 06-08-2015, the ren command on Windows 8.1 is blocked from renaming the GWX folder, either on purpose from MS or by error, the ren won't work, the script has been updated to work around that)


REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Gwx" /v DisableGWX /d 1 /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate" /v DisableOSUpgrade /d 1 /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade" /v AllowOSUpgrade /d 0 /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade" /v ReservationsAllowed /d 0 /f
TASKKILL /IM GWX.exe /T /F

start /wait wusa /uninstall /kb:3035583 /quiet /norestart /log
start /wait wusa /uninstall /kb:3035583 /quiet /norestart /log
exit


Yes you see the uninstall in there twice, for some reason it wont uninstall the first time it is ran.

You can then put this in a startup script for all your users, or if you are a normal user and just want an easier way to get rid of the nag, then this should do the trick for now. Until MS changes it of course :-)

October 15, 2014

Review: Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual

windows-8-1-the-missing-manual-cover
Most everyone knows that the Internet is an awesome resource that’s filled with information on virtually every topic known to man, but sometimes there’s just no substitute for a good old-fashioned printed book.
Although most of my research is done online nowadays, I still keep a small library of physical books on hand. And one book that has been a great help to me is Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual.
There was a time when every software program you purchased came with a printed manual, and that included MS-DOS and Windows. You not only got a disk, but a book explaining how to use the software as well. 
But that changed some time ago. Now we get little more than a postcard explaining how to install the software. 
It’s up to us to learn how to actually use it until Windows 10 gets done with the Beta stage!
Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual really lives up to its name. I covers pretty much every Windows-related task, each of which is explained in plain English that’s supplemented with over 500 handy illustrations. And author David Pogue keeps things interesting with a perfect blend of serious teaching and light-hearted humor. This is not just another “dry” computer book!
Along with Windows 8 and 8.1, Microsoft introduced an entirely new way to access and use the Windows operating system, complete with new Modern-style apps and a bevy of new features. Without a detailed guide, navigating the new Windows can be a bit like finding your way around a maze in the dark without a flashlight. Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual is that detailed guide.
Bottom line: This book is an excellent resource for the beginner and seasoned Windows user alike. In my opinion, if your computer is running the new Windows, you need this book!