These Windows 10 adware/preloader patches are packaged with important security updates. JUST WTF?!7 hours ago
Yes, they should have put a checkbox that says "stop bugging me about this." I read you loud and clear there and agree with you 100%. But, no offense to anyone on this forum, we're dealing with a company where Hanlon's Razor should be the very first plausible explanation for anything -- not nefarious imagined threats of an upgrade.
They are not THAT incompetent.
Burrying it into gpedit.msc is actually more work than putting a checkbox into the dialog itself.
The nag-screen to 8.1 was later replaced by this one:
This appeared automatically after important updates KB3008273 and KB2973544.
And once this screen appeared, you had no choice except to postpone. And after the second time, even postponing didn't work anymore.
I want to stay with Windows 8.0, but I'm given a band notification which requests to confirm upgrade to Windows 8.1. The notification can be postponed only twice, third time it forces the upgrade.
I couldn't stop it. It got to the point where it just reset my computer and finished installation itself [... ] After the install I had to delete every app it installed. Change back every setting it changed. Had to delete countless things and I am still fixing settings. It put its BS search engine on my computer and even added things to my favorites bar (unforgiveable). At this point in my life I am done with Microsoft for good. This computer is going to be sold very shortly and very unimpressed by this violation of my computer. No means no.
I failed to stop it too. Even though I turned off that stuff it had already downloaded and scheduled the Windows 8.1 update and it started updating when I turned off my machine late last night. I wasn't having any of that so I shut off the power, twice. That cancelled the update but left my Windows 8 in a non-functional state where it was complaining about NTLDR missing and giving error code 0xc000000f. The Windows 8 automatic system repair on my DVD wouldn't fix it because it thought it was now a different operating system I think. The refresh option would not work on it either. To make things extra annoying Microsoft thought it would be a good idea to erase all system restore checkpoints before doing the Windows 8.1 update, so there was no way to get anything back with that either. For anyone without considerable technical know-how I'm guessing there would have been no option other than a complete fresh Windows install.
I am really steamed about this. The whole way the Windows 8.1 update works rubs me the wrong way. The Windows 8.1 update should have had an obvious way to disable it and answer "Never offer me this again" when it tried to get me to installed and it didn't ... When it made the final installation request there should not have been only install now and install in 1-4 hours as options. It should have had a cancel option as well. It shouldn't just take control of my computer when it decides to update and give me no way to pause it to resume later in case I need to turn my computer off due to battery or time concerns. Finally there should have been some way to uninstall the update if it was installed accidentally. Everything about the way it works is disrespectful to me as the end user just as WIndows 8 itself was as an "upgrade" to Windows XP or Windows 7.
I have been reading all your comments and I am just as ANGRY about this as all of you. I also feel my computer has been hijacked and there was no way I could have stopped it.
I cannot believe the company takes the liberty to really do this to users.... Already I was forced to use Windows 8, which I didn't want from the get-go and now am being force-fed 8.1?????? without my permission????? On a day I ABSOLUTELY needed to work on my computer and it was taken over by computer dictators for over an hour? No one from Microsoft will make sure that all my apps work, or that my Internet connection is fine, or that all of my software would work (which they do not!!!!!). They will send me a polite answer with a link that supposedly should help me but that will do F-all.
Thank you for your lack of respect.
So if you didn't find the gpedit.msc "fix" before the countdown was up, you were forcefully upgraded to 8.1 without your say whatsoever.
So given this precedent, and that these naggers for W7 are quite deceptively labeled and described, and the other deceptive and forceful tactics all around W10 (even more hidden local accounts, almost unconfigurable WU in 10, no ability to decline updates) my guess that the nagscreens would not stop appearing with just a tickbox in the screen itself is quite justified.
But as a said, it's just an interpolation given the known variables and constants so far.