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Something exceedingly simple for someone exceedingly computer illiterate, please.

Just to remove that nagging prompt to upgrade from Windows 7 to 10.

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    Are you referring to the Upgrade to Windows 10 (if you're on Windows 7 or 8) or the updates for Windows 10 (stop receiving all windows 10 updates)? – Tom Apr 9 '16 at 18:07
  • Sorry, I was typing on a small phone, whch I hate doing & didn't explain well enough. Question is updated now. Thanks for prompting me – Mawg Apr 10 '16 at 5:48
  • Lolx 2 upvotes and 3 close votes. I really didn't explain well :-) – Mawg Apr 10 '16 at 5:50
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    My apologies, didn't see your comment and edit until now, I've removed my close vote and upvoted your question. – Tom Apr 10 '16 at 14:14
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    Thanks (+1). I did deserve it in the original version, though. – Mawg Apr 10 '16 at 14:15
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Two programs:

GWX Control Panel

This is a free tool that can remove and disable the 'Get Windows 10' notification area icon on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Recent versions can also disable 'Upgrade to Windows 10' behavior in the Windows Update control panel and do much more.

Never10

This simply toggles the 'allow the 10 update' using a MS recommended way (registry settings). This recommended method also removes any downloads already in progress.
It does not install anything, and also handles that you may need to update Windows Update first.

I recommend Never10 for its simplicity. It is written by Steve Gibson who initially was a big fan of GWX Control Panel, but found it to become 'too complex', after playing cat-and-mouse with Microsoft for several generations.

[Update 22-4-2016]
A new update Version 1.3 of Never10 was announced earlier this month. It turns out that previous versions did not properly clean up the partial Windows downloads. If you re-run version 1.3 or later this will fix that. On one Win8 test system these temp downloads took up a whopping 6.5 GB, so it's well worth cleaning up.
Version 1.3 also introduces command-line support.

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    Wow, Never10 is a utility made by Steve Gibson, who I think still loves programming everything in assembler, and came up with so many detail-loving, compact solutions in the last years -- even Never10 inherits the clear, simple user interface design that clearly carries his very personal signature. – TheBlastOne Apr 10 '16 at 10:36
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You can take a look at what HowToGeek has to say about this.

I created a little file that will modify the registry so it completely disables the icon and the prompt.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Gwx]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Gwx]
"DisableGwx"=dword:00000001

Just save the source code to YourFileName.reg and click to run it.

  • Thanks. I will let you when it works (whcih I am sure that it will) – Mawg Apr 10 '16 at 8:44
  • Almost certainly need to right click and "Run as Admin" – Steve Barnes Apr 10 '16 at 12:19

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