Microsoft Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade to systems running a genuine version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, and the update notification is part of Microsoft’s effort to notify users about the offer and get as many users as possible to upgrade to Windows 10. Basically there is no option to turn off Windows updates using the control panel and setting apps in Windows 10, as it is used to be with the earlier version of Windows. But there is a workaround to disable or turn off Windows update in Windows 10. For the Windows 10 update, Microsoft has chosen to automatically start the download process, regardless of whether you’ve confirmed you want the update. This makes some sense for those who use automatic updates normally, except Windows 10 can be huge. As in multiple gigabytes huge.
Blocking the Windows 10 update involves two different steps. First you need to remove the currently installed updates and then block Windows from checking for that update in future. To do that, follow the steps below.
Step 1: Open Control Panel and select “Programs and Features”. Click the “View Installed updates” option in the left panel.
Step 2: Windows 7 users, look for updates ending with “3035583, 2952664, 3021917”and Windows 8 users look the updates ending with “3035583, 2976978”.
Step 3: Right-Click on all those updates and select “Uninstall” option in the menu. It will prompt you to restart the system after you uninstall each update. Just select “Restart later” and proceed further.
Step 4: Once you finish uninstalling all the updates, restart your computer. Now you can see the Windows 10 update notification is removed from your system tray.
Step 5: Next, you’ve to block these updates from further sending you the notifications. Again go to Control Panel, and select “Windows Updates” in the menu.
Step 6: In that window, click the “Check for updates” option and wait for the updates to show up. Also, make sure you are connected to the internet.
Step 7: Once it is complete, click the “Important Update is available” link and you will see an update ready to be installed.
Step 8: Now right click on that update and select “Hide Update” option in that menu. This will block the update from further sending you the notifications.