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Remove Windows 10 Upgrade reminder, revert to Windows 7, 8.1

If you’re like some users, you don't want Microsoft telling you to install new software.  Maybe your hardware isn't compatible or you have software that won't be compatible.  Maybe you have licensing issues that you don't want Microsoft automatically attempting to validate.  Maybe you are like me and have a HUGE problem with how invasive Microsoft has gotten in data mining and collecting your EVERY key stroke, search, page visit, software install, place you have taken your computer, passwords and password conventions, Whatever the case, if you have scheduled your upgrade, or are tired of the nagging, or have completed the upgrade and you don't like it (AND you are within 30 days of completing the upgrade) follow the steps below to stop or reverse the upgrade.


Completed the Upgrade and do not want it

First, you have to be within 30 days of the upgrade.  If you are beyond 30 days I'm sorry but Windows has already deleted the old installation folder.  Unless you have a viable backup that you can restore this folder from, you are stuck with Windows 10.  I suggest watching  and at least learning what privacy issues may exist.  Thanks and credit goes to Byte My Bits.

  1. Go to search and type ‘Settings’.
  2. Click ‘Update &security’
  3. Click ‘Recovery’.
  4. Find ’Go Back to Windows (7 or 8.1)’.
  5. Revert Windows 10 to former OS
  6. Click ‘Get started’ and complete the steps.
  7. Your back…Whew!


Get rid of the nagging Windows 10 icon and reminder

  1. Go to Start and in the Search box type ‘Windows Update’ and hit enter.
  2. On the left sidebar, click ‘View Update History’.
  3. At the top click ‘Installed Updates’.
  4. In the upper right hand Search Box, type ‘KB3035583’.
  5. Click the ‘Update for Windows’ update KB3035583.
  6. Under the header, next to the word ‘Organize’ the word ‘Uninstall’ should have appeared.  Click it.
  7. Select the ‘Restart Later’ option.
  8. Open Computer or ‘This PC’.
  9. Right click the ‘OS (C:)’ drive and hit 'Properties'.
  10. Click the [Disk Cleanup] button.
  11. After the scan completes, click the [Cleanup System Files] button.
  12. After the second scan, check the select box for ‘Temporary Files’ from the list.
  13. If you have already downloaded the Windows 10 upgrade files, also check the select box for ‘Temporary Windows installation files’.  DO NOT select this if you have already installed Windows 10.  You will not be able to revert.
  14. Click the [OK] button.
  15. Go to Start and in the Search box type ‘Windows Update’ and hit enter.
  16. Click ‘Check for updates’.
  17. You will most likely see the not-so-welcome Windows 10 Upgrade icon.
  18. Click ‘Show all available updates’
  19. Look for KB3035583.
  20. Right-click KB3035583 and select ‘Hide update’ from the drop-down list.
  21. Restart your machine.

If this update creeps back in your list of ‘Suggested’ updates, ignore it.


If the Windows 10 upgrade icon pops back up in the future, follow the above steps to hide it again.  It is possible that Microsoft will change the update number with a future version of Windows 10.1 or 10.x.  If so, just google the update at that time and follow the above steps with the new update number.

To understand why we are so opposed to the incredible invasion of privacy in this OS, I suggest watching  and at least learning what privacy issues may exist.  Thanks and credit goes to Byte My Bits.


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