Block Windows 10 automatic upgrade

I just found out that my Windows 7 computers are trying do a Windows 10 automatic upgrade.  Fortunately, it has failed about 6 times on both computers.  I don't want it, how do I block it?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAsked:
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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
You need to uninstall KB3035583 and KB2952664 and block them after.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you reserved the upgrade, it may be nearly impossible to prevent it. In addition to the above suggestion, you might try restoring to a point earlier before you reserved, and then do not reserve.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
I did not reserve the upgrade.  ??
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Interesting. My own Windows 7 machine is not trying to upgrade and I did not reserve. My colleague's Windows 7 machine is giving the same error as you and he did reserve.

Did you try uninstalling the updates above?
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
Haven't gotten to it yet.
Jackie ManIT ManagerCommented:
Are there another user to login your computers?

Besides, have you scanned your computers for virus and malware?
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
I tried uninstalling the updates but KB2952664 keeps reinstalling on both machine.  Windows 10 made another failed attempt.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Short of reinstalling Windows 7, I don't know how you can stop these update attempts once started. I have my own Windows 7 desktop and for sure I did not try to activate any updates and it is not attempting to upgrade.

I just rescued a Windows 7 laptop from an onboard backup, applied 175 updates and it is not trying to upgrade either.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Dave - Please look at this registry key (regedit):


What is the value of ReservationsAllowed  ?
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
I do not have that registry key on either computer.  What I do have is KickoffDownload =1  and KickoffSource = 0.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Interesting because you have Windows 7 and I took the key directly from my Windows 7 desktop today. Maybe that is part of your issue.

What happens if you set KickoffDownload to 0.   (logical value I think, but might be 2 - I don't think so)
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I just went to another Windows 7 laptop (one that I rescued over the past two days - article poste). I ran 175 updates all at once - that is how far back I had to restore it. When complete, the key above was there and it is not trying to install Windows 10 (although I may try in the coming week).
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
I'm trying the registry edits on this page   It sets those values to 0 and since another post says to set 3 of them to 1 to enable the Win 10 install, I figured it was worth a try.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Should be worth a try, so please let us know. I post over there as well from time to time.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
Totally off topic but as I was sitting there working on this, someone's phone tried to make Bluetooth connection to my computer.  So I shutdown Bluetooth too!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Strange. The two iPhones around the house do not try to pair with my laptop. My other Bluetooth mouse does so I have to keep them separate.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
I live in an apartment and I have up to 59 WiFi networks active around me.  I figure there are a similar number of cell phones with Bluetooth.

The last attempt to install Win 10 was at 2:02 this morning.  If I see no other attempts in the next three days, I'll consider this solved.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
What did you do that stopped the attempts. I cannot see anything above.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
I right-clicked on the Bluetooth icon in the tray then clicked on settings and turned off almost everything.  Just in case, I left the 'Notify Me' setting clicked.

If you're talking about Win 10, it's the registry edits in though since I just did them, I don't know if they worked.  Which is why I was going to give it 3 days.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I don't really understand. If the machine was running anywhere near properly, Bluetooth would not kick off Windows 10 updates.

And then the registry edits could not have affected some from 18 hours ago.

More likely it was the passage of time and Windows 10 gave up trying. Windows 10 is not actively trying to install anymore. If you now want Windows 10 (a month later) then you have to go to a link to download it. Some pre-reservations will kick in of course.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
I did say the Bluetooth comment was OFF topic...  it just happened while I was working on the Win 10 problem.  But then it is slightly on the topic of things trying to happen that I don't want.

I don't plan on ever upgrading these two machines past Windows 7.  I am trying to figure out how to afford some more including Win 8.1 and eventually a Win 10 machine.  But on my low budget, these things take time.  I would not have the Win 7 machines except that a client wanted them gone and made me a deal.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
After 5 days and another round of updates from Microsoft, I don't see any more Windows 10 upgrade attempts so I'm closing this question.  Thank all of you.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
Tonight KB3035583 re-appeared in the Windows Updates about 3 weeks after I thought I had gotten rid of it.  I told the computers to 'hide' it.  We'll see how long that lasts.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
FYI, I just found this in a Forbes article.
Don’t want Windows 10 because of its excessive privacy invasions? Well those reasons have now disappeared but only because Microsoft is trying to bring them to Windows 7 and Windows 8 – for a second time…

Yes, in a quite bizarre move Infoworld spotted Microsoft has simultaneously reissued no less than four controversial user tracking patches for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Stranger still in an attempt to get them onto more computers, Microsoft has even reclassified one as ‘Important’ so it will now install automatically on any PCs and laptops running default Windows Update settings (read: the vast majority).

The four patches are:

1. KB 2952664- a secret snooping patch first pushed to Windows 7 back in April. Officially described as merely a “compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7″, Infoworld discovered it actually adds a program to the Windows Task Scheduler called ‘DoScheduledTelemetryRun’ which sends usage information to Microsoft even for those who have specifically opted out of the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP).

2. KB 2976978 – last issued in June, it is a scanner which sends diagnostics to Microsoft from CEIP participants. But the sneaky bit: if you let it scan it automatically signs you up to the CEIP program, which then gives Microsoft full usage tracking rights over your computer.

3. KB 2977759 – another diagnostic scanner, this one analyses computers to see whether their hardware is compatible for upgrades to Windows 10 and sends the data to Microsoft. Which leads us nicely onto…

4. KB 3035583 – this patch contains the infamous ‘Get Windows 10’ nagware pop-up which anyone who hasn’t upgraded to Windows 10 will likely have disabled by now. Well Microsoft thinks you need reminding, because now it has been reclassified as ‘Important’ and will therefore install automatically. So prepare for those Get Windows 10 pop-ups to start appearing again.

For those who don’t know Microsoft has a habit of reissuing patches it deems important now and again, but to push out a flurry of hardware analysis, Windows 10 upgrade compatibility and Windows 10 upgrade prompt patches simultaneously is far from subtle.

Windows 10 Upgrade Pressure Is Excessive

In fact these four re-releases come just one month after Microsoft formally admitted it has started automatically downloading the full Windows 10 upgrade (over 3GB) onto all Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers – even for users who specifically stated they do not want to upgrade.

“For individuals who have chosen to receive automatic updates through Windows Update, we help upgradable devices get ready for Windows 10 by downloading the files they’ll need if they decide to upgrade,” justified the company in an official statement at the time.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
And once again after two more months, KB3035583 has showed up in my Important Updates and I had to 'kill' it again.
Jackie ManIT ManagerCommented:
Open another question and seek help.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsAuthor Commented:
I don't need to, this is a Well Known problem and only Microsoft has the solution.  I was just letting the people who participated in this question that the problem hasn't gone away and does still keep coming back.  I have hidden that update a couple of times now and Microsoft keeps bringing it back because they want everyone to move to Windows 10.
If someone finds a fix, then please post the solution here.

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Install the GWX Control Panel and use the second bar "Disable Upgrades" and restart. Then use the first bar "Permanently delete icon". 

This seems to be the tool that can permanently nuke Windows 10 on a machine you do not want upgraded.
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