Say NO to Windows 10!

Steve Gibson over at GRC has created a simple and easy tool for removing the prompts to update to Windows 10 on non-enterprise installations of Windows. This solution works well for single desktops. Here is the link:

For a wider scale deployment of this fix you can use Group Policy Preferences. Here are the settings needed:

  1. Create a new GPO and a new Registry Item (be sure to create this in Computer Configuration, not User Configuration):
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  2. Here are the settings for the new Registry Item:
    Action: Replace
    Key Path: SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Gwx
    Value name: DisableGwx
    Value type: REG_DWORD
    Value data: 1
    Base: Decimal
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  3. Create another Registry Item with the same Action and Hive. Use this for the remaining configuration:
    Key Path: SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
    Value Name: DisableOSUpgrade
    Value type: REG_DWORD
    Value data: 1
    Base: Decimal
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  4. Scope this GPO to the OU that contains the computers that you want to apply the settings to (not to a users OU). Reboot the target PCs and verify in the Registry that the settings are in effect by looking for the two keys:
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  5. The value data of the “DisableGwx” and “DisableOSUpgrade” DWORDs should both be set to 1:
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Here is the Microsoft KB article where the above fix derives from: