How to get rid of the “Your upgrade to Windows 10 is ready” lock

By CNS IT
Published on September 30, 2015 2:07 pm MT
Updated on October 22, 2018 10:12 am MT
Posted in General CNSIT, Windows

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windows10NoDecided to register for Windows 10 upgrade and now are having second thoughts? That’s okay; except now there is a pesky “Your upgrade to Windows 10 is ready” lock when you try to do system updates. Here is how to get rid of this annoying problem. Be aware that it will take about an hour and a few reboots!

Step 1. Turn off Automatic Updates.

  • Go into Windows Update (in Win7, using an administrator-level account, click Start, Control Panel, and then System and Security; in Win8.1, while looking at the old-fashioned Windows desktop, hold down the Windows key and press X, then choose Control Panel, System and Security). Under Windows Update, choose this setting: “Check for updates but let me choose whether to download or install them.”

Step 2. Hide the Windows 10 Update.

  • In Windows Update, click Show all Available Updates. If you see an entry for Upgrade to Windows 10 (many of you won’t), right-click on Upgrade to Windows 10 and choose Hide Update.

Step 3. Remove the GWX (Get Windows 10) patches.

  • Back in Control Panel, Add or Remove programs, on the left click View installed updates. Look for and remove the following patches:
  • KB 2952664 (likely on Win 7 systems)
  • KB 2976978 (likely on Win 8.1).
  • KB 3035583 (both Win 7 and Win 8.1).
  • KB 3035585 (Win7 and 8)
  • KB 3080079 (Win 7 and 8)
  • KB 2999226 (Win 7 and 8)
  • KB 3081444 (Win 7)

Step 4. Use a disk cleaner (such as CCleaner) to remove deleted install files and registry entries.

Step 5. Reboot

Step 6. Permanently disable Windows 10 patches.

  • Go back in to Windows Update and “hide” the patches listed in Step 3. To hide them, run Search for Updates, right-click on the entry and choose Hide.

Step 7. Reboot again.

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