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    Thumbs down horrible experience with upgrade

    We have had a horrific experience with the Win 10 upgrade. After upgrading 2 of my own machines to Win 10 from Win 8.1 and Win 7 with only a few minor problems, I convinced my wife to download the upgrade for her business Win 7 computer , confident that we could install it at a time of our own choosing. Once it was down though we were only given the option to install immediately or in three days. We started to panic but found that we could postpone the install and hoped that we could do this indefinitely but this turned out to not be the case. The install went ahead as threatened even though we tried to postpone repeatedly and we were unable to delete it. Win 10 was installed and initially looked alright but we soon found numerous problems that Windows support ( by phone ) could not help us with. We had to revert to Win 7 , which failed due to unknown errors. We were left with an unbootable computer. Hours and hours of attempts to repair and then reinstall failed. I eventually had to put in a new ssd and do a clean install of Win 7, followed by hours spent locating drivers and reinstalling software. And then, to add insult to injury, windows update located over 200 updates which took hours to download and then was unable to configure them . I had to install updates 1 or 2 at a time. And the final bit of salt to the wound was when the Win 10 update tried to install itself so that I could have that icon in my taskbar forevermore !!! I really fear that the inability to postpone updates on Win 10 machines will come back to bite us all in the derriere. Make sure you have backup plans!!

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    I have relied on Susan Bradley’s article
    http://windowssecrets.com/top-story/...-win10-launch/
    I have also seen different problems on computers with upgrading to Windows 10, none of them consistent but in each case the following has worked.

    Set Windows Update to: Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them

    Check for KB3035583, KB3068708, KB2952664, KB2990214, KB3021917 & KB3050265
    --- Uninstall any of them that are installed.
    --- Some will require you to shut down upon uninstalling, some won’t
    --- If some don’t uninstall at this time, do which ones you can
    --- Myself I shut down and start back up for each one anyway.
    --- Go into Windows Update and watch for which ones return in both Important and Optional updates and hide them
    --- It doesn’t take long for any of them to return at first; eventually maybe a couple of days in some cases
    You might have to repeat the above procedures for a few days

    I cannot say that all of the following procedures will work for you but check them out

    Kill "Get Windows 10 (GWX)" Process Using Task Manager.
    --- Right-click on Taskbar and select Task Manager option. It'll open Task Manager.
    ------ You can also directly launch Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys together.
    --- Go to Processes or Details tab and select GWX process and then click on "End Process" button.
    ------ You can also right-click on GWX process and select "End Process" or "End Task" option.
    ------ Or you can simply select GWX process and press Delete key.
    ------ It'll kill GWX process and will also remove its icon from Taskbar notification area.

    Delete "Get Windows 10" Task from Task Scheduler.
    Run taskschd.msc. Go to Task Scheduler Library -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Setup.
    Under Setup key, you'll see 2 more sub-keys: gwx & GWXTriggers.
    Disable all tasks present under "gwx" key; launchtrayprocess & refreshgwxconfig

    If you have a 32-bit system
    There’s also a 32-bit registry hack that you can use to prevent the icon from showing up.
    --- Browse down to the following key, creating it if it doesn’t exist:
    --- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Win dows\GWX
    --- Once you are there, create a new 32-bit DWORD value on the right-hand side named DisableGWX, and give it a value of 1

    You can also refer to
    How to get rid of the 'Your upgrade to Windows 10 is ready' lockhttp://www.infoworld.com/article/2974479/microsoft-windows/how-to-get-rid-of-the-your-upgrade-to-windows-10-is-ready-lock-on-windows-update-in-win7-and-8-1.html?nsdr=true

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisNurse View Post
    We have had a horrific experience with the Win 10 upgrade. After upgrading 2 of my own machines to Win 10 from Win 8.1 and Win 7 with only a few minor problems, I convinced my wife to download the upgrade for her business Win 7 computer , confident that we could install it at a time of our own choosing. Once it was down though we were only given the option to install immediately or in three days. We started to panic but found that we could postpone the install and hoped that we could do this indefinitely but this turned out to not be the case. The install went ahead as threatened even though we tried to postpone repeatedly and we were unable to delete it. Win 10 was installed and initially looked alright but we soon found numerous problems that Windows support ( by phone ) could not help us with. We had to revert to Win 7 , which failed due to unknown errors. We were left with an unbootable computer. Hours and hours of attempts to repair and then reinstall failed. I eventually had to put in a new ssd and do a clean install of Win 7, followed by hours spent locating drivers and reinstalling software. And then, to add insult to injury, windows update located over 200 updates which took hours to download and then was unable to configure them . I had to install updates 1 or 2 at a time. And the final bit of salt to the wound was when the Win 10 update tried to install itself so that I could have that icon in my taskbar forevermore !!! I really fear that the inability to postpone updates on Win 10 machines will come back to bite us all in the derriere. Make sure you have backup plans!!
    She didn't have a backup for her BUSINESS computer? My boss has backups for each half hour. Well, live and learn.

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    "And the final bit of salt to the wound was when the Win 10 update tried to install itself so that I could have that icon in my taskbar forevermore !!!"
    --- Are you taking the steps to ensure it won't?
    Also Windows 10 is due for an "update or whatever it's called" in Oct.
    --- Maybe you could check out whether or not the computer is upgradeable then
    --- Being a business computer maybe there are 3rd party programs or settings Windows 10 doesn't natively like.

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    Ya it sounds like the October update is going to deliver Windows 10 more as Microsoft originally intended...maybe Edge will be a real browser and all sorts of things like that.

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    A backup will always be mandatory when it comes to any upgrade, especially a system that
    is specifically used for business. That's a tough lesson to have to learn.
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