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Will Windows 10 be installed without my permission?

Hi. I have a HP Envy laptop running Windows 8.1. I am afraid to allow any updates since I have heard of Microsoft hiding the Windows 10 upgrade in innocent looking updates. Is kb2919335, from 2014, for Win 8.1 safe to install on my laptop? I've read that it's an important update. It takes too much time to read the information about every update that is Important or Recommended. To keep from installing Win 10 unknowingly, what are the updates that we should not download and install? Thanks for your help!

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That's in the news. There are debates on this.

There are tools to stop it but my advice is to move to w10.

The ONE THING I am encountering is the W10 offer that folk click on the top right X and that looks to be coded as the Yes button instead of the cancel. This is the only repeatable action that I can duplicate here and get close to "W10 installed without my permission."

The OTHER THING is that W10 may download but not install which causes some folk to freak out.

My advice is to move to W10. I will do this on all machines at office and home before the 29th to avoid the costs of doing it next month.

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Thanks!

Thanks but I don't want upgrade to Win 10 until I can manually manage updates. I've read that updates install automatically. I want to be able manage ir and/or when they are installed as I've had problems in the past of having problems with my laptop after Windows Update installed them when I had it set to Automatically Update. I hope this is a feature that Win 10 will change.

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In Windows 7 and 8 we are in control of updates.

I know that most folk will never go into the update settings so for them it's true updates are automatic.

For those that want more control you can turn it off and update as you wish.

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If you really don't want Windows 10...

...then download and install GWX Control Panel. Here's a link but be sure you download the latest version:

http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/gwx_control_panel.html

This free utility has a GUI which will allow you to control how much Win10 suppression you want, from just removing the nag from the taskbar to completely blocking the upgrade. Note that if you do completely block the upgrade, you will need to use the utility again to unblock the upgrade.

If you want to understand what the Patch Tuesday updates do, try putting the KBxxxxxxx number in your browser search box and scroll down looking for articles from Woody Leonhard (Woody's Watch and Infoworld). Woody lists what the month's patches do and identifies the Win10 "encouragement" updates!

As a general rule, any patch that starts with "Security Update" in the Windows Update list will not be associated with the Win10 nagware and should be installed. Patches marked Important but not Security, should be investigated and optional patches are up to you. Note this is ONLY a very brief general outline, follow it at your own risk.

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