Remove Windows 10 KB Updates

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How to Remove Windows 10 Downloader KB Updates >:D

Microsoft will ship Windows 10 later this year and I Personally wont be Upgrading

Many users who earlier prepared their Windows 7 and 8 to get Windows 10 via Windows Update are now hesitating to upgrade, and want to get rid of Upgrade to Windows 10 upgrade message from Windows Update. Luckily, getting rid of the Upgrade to Windows 10 message is quite easy.

Since the majority of Windows users probably does not know about that offer as they may not read tech sites at all or only sporadically, Microsoft pushed updates to Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems that prepare the system for the update. At least one of the updates, KB 3035583, appears to have been designed to advertise Windows 10 once it launches the end of July 2015 according to Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

While that may make sense, some users may not want to upgrade their system to Windows 10 after all. If you prefer to keep using Windows 7 or even Windows 8, there is no reason to keep these updates installed on the computer.

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How many updates we are talking about?

KB3035583 – The Windows 10 Downloader for Windows 7 and 8 Operating Systems.
KB3044374 – Enables Windows 8.1 systems to upgrade from the current OS to a later version of Windows.
KB3021917 – Does the same as KB 2976978 but on Windows 7.
KB2990214 – Update that enables you to upgrade from Windows 7 to a later version of Windows.
KB2976978 – A compatibility update for Windows 8 which performs diagnostics on the Windows system to determine whether compatibility issues may be encountered when the latest Windows OS is installed.
KB2952664 – Labeled a compatibility upgrade for upgrading Windows 7, its purpose is to make improvements to the current operating system in order to ease the upgrade experience to the latest version of Windows.

Those are the updates currently provided by Microsoft to upgrade Windows 7/8 to Windows 10 come July 2015.

Remove those updates from Windows

First thing you may want to do is find out whether those updates are installed. If they are installed, you can remove them from the system and block them from being installed again.

Do the following to check if an update is installed:

• Press the Windows key + R, type cmd and hit enter
• Type powershell and hit enter
• Use the command get-hotfix -id KB3035583 to find out whether the update is installed
• To speed things up, query for all updates in a single command like the following:

get-hotfix -id KB3035583, KB2952664,KB2976978,KB3021917,KB3044374,KB2990214

Obviously, only updates provided for the operating system may be installed. The updates above have been found on a system running Windows 7.

You can Use the Command Line to Remove Windows Patches

• If you are still in Powershell type exit to leave.
• Use the command wusa /uninstall /kb:2952664 to uninstall a patch

This removes the update that you have specified from the system. You will get a prompt for that and need to run the command for all updates separately. Note that you may get a restart prompt after uninstalling updates. Complete the process before you do so. Windows Update will pick up those updates again after you restart the computer. Since you don’t want them to be installed again, you need to block those updates from being installed.

• Press the Windows key + R, type Windows Update and hit enter
• If the updates are not listed on the page, perform a manual check for updates
• Click on “x important updates are available” afterwards
• Right-click on any of the Windows 10 related updates and select “hide update” from the listing
• Doing so blocks these updates from being installed automatically on the system

These updates are displayed in a light gray font color afterwards and once you leave the page, don’t show up anymore. Should you want to restore them at a later point in time, for instance because you want to upgrade to Windows 10 after all, then you need to restore them with a click on “restore hidden updates” in the interface. There you find them all listed and options to re-enable them. While you should not see any side-effects after the removal, it may be a good idea to monitor the system after the removal to make sure that this is indeed the case.


Since restoring the Dream Machine 2014 back to my personal build, I notice something with Windows update. There were about 70 KB updates available to install from Windows Update and said there was noway you were going to get me to scroll though all those KB updates, just to prevent Microsoft from forcing Windows 10 upon me. Install all of them, sure save myself sometime why not right. When all updates were done installing I notice that the Windows 10 KB updates listed above was not installed.

Really something turned out in my favor still cant believe it, until the next batch of KB updates came rolling in. Even though I had it Hidden along with three others, KB3035583 managed to place itself back in the optional updates theres forcing me to install it once again.

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Be careful when installing updates from Microsoft, even though updates might be mandatory come Windows 10, it ant going to happen now. With Windows 7 you have the option of turning off updates but come Windows 10 that could pretty much well be over for Home and Professional users like myself.

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