Need to block Windows 10 prompt from appearing in the Windows 7 automatic updates

Today, I noticed that when I opened Windows Updates the optional windows 10 upgrade prompt came up as the first prompt.
I need to know how to block this using Group Policy on our domain.  Our DC's are 2008R2 and 2012 R2 and PC's are Windows 7.
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Tim PhillipsWindows Systems AdministratorCommented:
Just block the update: KB3035583

1. Open up Windows Update and click on View update history.
2. Click on Installed Updates.
3. In the search box in the upper right corner type in kb3035583. If the update is on your system it will show up in the results.
4. Click on the KB3035583 entry in the search results and you will be asked if you are sure you want to uninstall it. Click Yes to remove it.

The system may need to be restarted to complete the removal.

If you do not want to see the update any more be sure to hide it by right clicking on the KB3035583 listing in Windows Update and selecting Hide this update.
Push the following registry entry to your workstations and the notifications will not appear.

Add Key      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\GWX

Write Value Name: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\GWX
REG_DWORD           DisableGWX      VALUE=1
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If the machines are domain connected, the Windows 10 Update should not happen as it would need administrator credentials. None of our domain connected machines are trying to update.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
FYI from a Forbes article on Oct 9, 2015:
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.
Mark DamenERP System ManagerCommented:
In GPO, navigate to the location that the software update settings are located - one of the options is to prevent Windows upgrades.

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JC2010ceAuthor Commented:
Dave Baldwin
what Group Policies can be used to block these Updates.  I can use our patching too to uninstall them.

John Hurst
All computers are domain connected and they all show the optional Windows 10 upgrade as mandatory (meaning it was checked to install when I went to Microsoft to check for updates) Please see the attached Image.

I did see that policy and turned it on.  Will let you know if it works.

Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I don't know about Group Policy.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
There is no image attached, but you can hide the Get Windows 10 icon (Customize Icons) and it stays out of the way
JC2010ceAuthor Commented:
Lots of good comments here, however, I need to force the changes via Group Policy.


JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Do not allow it start and hide the update. Someone must have requested the update, because if you do not request, the screen above does not show.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I am having to hide the update and (a) that is new today (Patch Tuesday), (b) it prevents installation and (c) it looks like it may have to be re-hidden.
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