1 to protect their computers from Windows 10. GWX Control Panel is free software that really works, is safe and easy to use, and gives you the option to re-enable the icon and upgrade notifications if you’re ever ready to move forward with Windows 10. August 1, 2016: The current version of GWX Control Panel is still 1. 1 users into upgrading to an operating system that they don’t necessarily need or want. Sometime soon- probably in the coming week- I will publish a minor update to the program that fixes a couple of bugs that are already described in the troubleshooting guide.
I had been working on a HUGE feature for the next major version, but my non-GWX responsibilities prevented me from completing that work before Microsoft halted Phase One of the Windows 10 upgrade push. Please note that due to the increased demands of my day job, I am not able to respond to blog comments or emails very often, so forgive me if my responses are slow. If you’re looking for help with the program please check out the links mentioned in the following “Tips. Tip: Having problems with GWX Control Panel?
Tip: Do you have questions not answered below or in the troubleshooting guide? Tip: You guys broke the Internet! This post has so many comments that my blog started putting them on a separate page! Look there if you posted a comment recently and are looking for a response. NOTE: GWX Control Panel has always been available as a stand-alone executable, but a convenient installer option is also available.
The installer creates some handy icons and enables seamless upgrades, but doesn’t include any additional software. The goal of GWX Control Panel is to protect you from unwanted Windows 10 upgrades and notifications without disabling important or popular operating system features, and without requiring you to change the way you work with Windows. The Disable ‘Get Windows 10’ App feature removes Microsoft’s “Get Windows 10” nagware app from your notification area. This is the ‘Get Windows 10’ icon app. The Prevent Windows 10 Upgrades feature checks for system settings that leave you vulnerable to unwanted Windows 10 upgrades and gives you the ability to fix them. The Prevent Windows 10 Upgrades feature also restores your Windows Update control panel to its normal behavior if it gets hijacked by Windows 10 advertisements or installers. This is one of numerous ways that Windows 10 can hijack your Windows Update control panel.
In this example, Windows Update is hiding the normal Windows 7 updates behind the “Show all available updates” link. The Prevent Windows 10 Upgrades feature fixes the “Your upgrade to Windows 10 is ready” problem in Windows Update. Note, some users will have to follow this with Clear Windows Update Cache in order to fully resolve this issue. The Prevent Windows 10 Upgrades feature can even rescue your PC from impending Windows 10 installs that display the “It’s almost time for your upgrade” window. The Delete Windows 10 Download Folders feature locates and deletes hidden Windows 10 installer files that Microsoft secretly downloads to your computer.
The Delete Windows 10 Programs feature easily deletes hard-to-remove program files that are known to prepare your computer for Windows 10 upgrades. The program can alert you if your Windows Update settings change from one of the safer “download only” or “check only” options to “automatically install” behind your back and gives you the chance to fix it with the Change Windows Update Settings feature. GWX Control Panel finds that leave you open to unwanted Windows 10 behavior. The optional “Monitor Mode” feature runs quietly in the background watching for unexpected system changes, and alerts you as soon as any new Windows 10 settings or files are detected. Windows 10 without having to change the way you work with your computer.