Stop Windows 10 Update

You may have noticed the new Windows 10 virus that has manifested itself on your taskbar.

Windows 10 Icon

If only the appearance of this innocuous icon was the extent of the intrusion. It is not. With no action on your part, you will be bombarded with messages to upgrade to Windows 10.

However, there is a non technical way to stop the Windows 10 Update Virus. Maybe virus is a little inaccurate, and incessant nagging is more appropriate. But you know what I mean. Every time you log on you get harassed by ‘invitations’ to download and install Windows 10. That you can’t turn off. Even though it’s your computer that is being hijacked.

Get Windows 10
How many times have you seen this?


Hide Windows 10 Upgrade Nag

If you see the Windows 10 icon in the taskbar on your computer, click on the Show hidden icons button (the up arrow in the taskbar), and then click Customise.

Customise Icons

When the Notification Area Icons window opens, find the GWX one. Oddly, it appears at the top of the list for us. Click on the Behaviours dropdown selector and choose Hide icon and notifications. Click OK to save the changes and close down the window.

Now the Windows 10 icon will disappear from the taskbar and the nagging will cease. You should only see the icon when you click on the Show hidden icons button in the taskbar.

Windows 10 Relegated

Get Windows 10

Recently, a sneaky little icon appeared in my taskbar.

Get Windows 10 IconDid you get one, too? Microsoft are pushing the new version of their operating system – Windows 10. If you click on the icon, an advert appears that invites you to reserve a free, full copy of Windows 10. Windows 10 is advertised for sale at £99.99, but if you accept the offer now, you will get it for free.

How To Get Windows 10 For Free
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If you want to go ahead and get Windows 10, then click on the Reserve your free upgrade button.

That's It For Now

Afterwards, when you click on the Windows 10 icon in the taskbar, you will see a window that allows you to download the operating system software.

OK Let's Continue

There are reasons why I won’t be taking advantage of the offer. This is new software that will undoubtedly contain bugs. What new software doesn’t? I would rather continue to use software that is tried and trusted, and that I know works (Windows 7 on this laptop).

Also, I object to testing software for free. Unwittingly, people who download and use Windows 10 will find bugs and report them to Microsoft so that they can then fix them. The kind of rigorous and thorough real world testing that new Windows 10 users perform would be expensive to buy. I think that big, global corporations should sort out, and pay for, their own testing.

Instead, I will wait a while and download Windows 10 when all the bugs and issues have been fixed and ironed out.