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Prevent the Windows 10 Download

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by Steve Wiseman on February 12, 2016 · 1 comment

in Automatic Updates,Network Administrator


Sorry it has been so long since I have had the newsletter. We have been working hard on the internals of Remote Control and Enterprise Remote Control to make way for multi-platform support, and features like file transfers.

Because of the nature of the changes, we are not able to do a slow roll out of them like in the past. We should have something soon in that area.

Now on to the main point. Windows 10 is switching to a recommended update. This means that even computers (running Windows 7 or 8) on a domain will receive the nag message.

In addition it will download a 3GB file to get you ready for the update – behind your back. If you have Windows tablets, or other machines that are short on space this can be quite a bit.

There are two registry keys that will help prevent the nag screen, and the automatic download.

This key and value will disable the nag message (As I showed in my last article):


More than likely you will need to create the Gwx key

Then inside that key, add the following value and set it to 1:


To keep automatic update from downloading the 3GB installer, you will need to create this key:


Then create this value and set it to one:


Now, if that is too time consuming for you, or you want to push it remotely – we have packaged it up as a plugin for Network Administrator

Just search for Windows 10:

Windows 10 Disabler Listing

Select the plugin, and you will be given the option to enable or disable the upgrade:

Windows 10 Disabler Settings

Then just execute the action against computers you want to change.

The free version allows you to update 3 at a time, the full version is unlimited.

You can download Network Administrator from here:

One thing to take note of – for Network Administrator to work you are going to need to open the admin share on remote machines.

These articles will help you out with that:

Windows XP:

Windows Vista, 2008:

Windows 7, 2008 R2:

Windows 8, 2012:

From a script on any version of windows (Must run as administrator):

Enable the admin share from a script

With Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 – Make sure you make the registry change noted in those articles, or you will get an access denied

Working on an article for enabling the share under Windows 10…but I don’t think you will need it for this one 🙂

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1 R. A. Davis February 14, 2016 at 7:12 pm

thanks for doing this

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