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  • On my managed domain, with windows 7 Pro systems configured to receive updates via WSUS, I am now seeing automatically downloaded and running GWX.exe and the tell-tale tray icon prompting my users to update to windows 10, as of Patch Tuesday 3/8/16.

    I've confirmed these systems are configured to receive their updates via WSUS, and while I did not block users from updating directly from Windows Update, I know for a fact that at least many of the systems which are now prompting Windows 10 installs never went to windows update by a user's prompt, as they are systems not yet distributed to use.

    Anyone else seeing this (in other words, please confirm I'm not set up right!)?

    More importantly, what's the next step to getting rid of this prompt?

    I have already authorized for removal updates KB2952664, KB3021917. KB3035583, as has always been the case, is not managed by WSUS, and is not among my WSUS updates.

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016 9:16 PM


  • Hi notnAP-Bradford,

    According to your description, you don't want to have Win10 upgrade notification on Win7.

    We may do the following things to disable it:

    1. Uninstall KB3035583 and restart the computer;

    2. Since you use automatically update, and the KB might be download and installed again, we may hide the KB, then it will not be installed again;

    If the KB is downloaded from WSUS, you may also decline the KB on WSUS server.

    3. If after doing the above things, the GWX.exe still exits, we may create a registry key to disable it:

    Open registry editor, expand: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

    Create key "Gwx", in the right panel, create 32 bit DWORD "DisableGwx", set value=1.

    Best Regards,


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    Thursday, March 10, 2016 3:15 AM