OptOut10 / Disable GWX

    Tired of the Windows 10 advertisements popping up on your Windows 7 or 8.1 PCs?  Don't want Windows Update to download GBs of data on your network to prepare your PCs for an upgrade you don't even want?  Don't want your PC to spontaneously reboot into Windows 10 all on its own without your consent?  Don't want to have a 3rd-party hack running in the background all the time just to make sure that your PC doesn't suddenly decide to install Windows 10?  Then you have come to the right place!  As a computer technician, I wrote OptOut10 after much research and annoyance at Microsoft's very aggressive marketing tactics.  It meets all these expectations, and I have made it available for free to anyone who wishes to use it.

    OptOut10 will disable the Windows 10 upgrade advertisements, disable the automatic upgrade to Windows 10, and remove the Windows 10 installer from your computer if it has already been downloaded.  If you change your mind and wish to install Windows 10 at a later time, you can manually do so anytime by visiting the Microsoft Windows 10 download page, downloading the Media Creation Tool, and following the prompts to upgrade your computer.  This can be done for free until the end of July 29.

    OptOut10 can even "bring your computer back from the brink" if the upgrade was already scheduled or reserved.  This program's main two competitors, Never10 and GWX Control Panel cannot do this.  Both of those products fail to actually opt your computer out of the upgrade, which leaves it vulnerable to a spontaneous upgrade.  They successfully hide the icon but are incapable of stopping the upgrade if it was already set in motion, either by user intervention or automatically by Microsoft.  Which is why I ended up writing my own.

Figure 1: Click to see OptOut10 in action
Figure 2: The various annoying GWX advertisements

    OptOut10 is standalone freewareŚno installation required, and guaranteed free of adware or malware.  Click to run and you're done!  As of January 2016, Microsoft added block-out style ads for Windows 10 to their MSN website that many people use as a homepage.  OptOut10 automatically removes these from Internet Explorer, but other browsers must be opted out manually.  To do that, follow the instructions for your browser: Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

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Change log

July 20, 2016 (version 1.4)
July 13, 2016 (version 1.3)
January 14, 2016 (version 1.2)
December 13, 2015 (version 1.1)
November 16, 2015 (version 1.0)