Looking for a way to block Windows 10?
If you have not wanted to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8.1 as of yet, but have either found that Microsoft has downloaded Windows 10 files on your PC or wanted to disable the “Get Windows 10” icon, I can tell you that GWX Control Panel might be worth a look. The author of this program has created a utility that can remove and disable the ‘Get Windows 10’ notification area icon on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Newer versions can also disable ‘Upgrade to Windows 10’ behavior in the Windows Update control panel. See the user guide at the Ultimate Outsider blog.
I had found a 6.2 GB folder of Windows 10 files on my Windows 8.1 PC that was downloaded before I had realized I needed to stop automatic updates. (Now I allow Windows Update to notify me of updates and decide which I want to install.) Previously I had not been able to delete that 6.2 GB folder but GWX Control Panel took care of that for me. (The author of GWX Control Panel is “a software engineer with for 20 years, with the most recent 16 years of that in the Tech industry” – quite knowledgeable, to say the least.)
If you are interested in the program, take a look at the GWX Control Panel FAQ. I should note that if you delay installing Windows 10, the deadline for the free download is July 29, 2016.