At least this would prevent anyone from accidentally upgrading now or later — until an update restores the folder. Briefly, open File Explorer, head to C:\Windows\System32, find the GWX folder, take ownership, delete everything in it, and Deny any users all of the security settings.
Reddit user Echo Radius reports that the “upgrade later” option caused his system to upgrade quicker than expected and automatically; other users confirm similar experiences.
The trick, of course, is to simply close the app without making a choice.
Meanwhile, Windows 10 (9%) is struggling to overtake Windows XPAt the current rate, Microsoft is unlikely to make its 1 Billion Windows 10 devices goal anytime soon. Windows 10 was designed to reduce costs by streamlinging updates If your Internet has been slower than usual or if you noticed less disk space, you can probably blame Microsoft. In the meantime, additional strategies have emerged. The previously mentioned GWX Control Panel (fka GWX Stopper) can permanently remove the Get Windows 10 icon and disable the respective app.
Windows Update may have downloaded the Windows 10 installation files behind your back. Frequent updates and a newly added “Monitor Mode” ensure that the tool will quickly catch any changes made to Windows upgrade settings and alert users.
It’s a clever way of fooling naive users into upgrading.
The Windows 10 adoption rate is slowing down, as the latest numbers from Net Market Share demonstrate.
This update also improves the ability of Microsoft to monitor the quality of the upgrade experience.
—Microsoft Support We will soon be publishing Windows 10 as an “Optional Update” in Windows Update for all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers.
Meanwhile, the Get Windows 10 notification has lost a decline option.
Instead, users can choose between “Upgrade now” or “Start download, upgrade later”.
If you’re on a metered connection, you might want to disable automatic updates altogether.