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Forced Upgrade to Windows 8.1?

  1. #21


    Posts : 4
    Win 8


    Thank you Ztruker and majulook for providing answers to the original question without editorializing.

    To summarize,
    - blocking/uninstalling Update KB2871389 prevents the prompt offering a free upgrade to Win 8.1
    - blocking/uninstalling Update KB2973544 prevents the forced upgrade to Win 8.1

    Alternate ways to stop the prompt for the free upgrade include:
    - using group policy editor (gpedit.msc)
    - editing the registry key: change UpgradeNotification to value=0
    - create a registry key: create WindowsStore, create DWORD disableOSUpgrade value=1

    For step-by-step instruction for these, see:
    How to Disable ?Update to Windows 8.1 for Free? Notification in Windows 8 Store? - AskVG
    or
    Update to Windows 8.1 Store Prompt - Enable or Disable
    or
    Ztrucker's and majulook's posts earlier in this thread.

    NOTE THAT THE REGISTRY EDITS AND GROUP POLICY EDITS WORK FOR WIN 8 PRO BUT *NOT* OTHER WIN 8 VERSIONS such as Win 8 "home" version. To block the forced Win 8.1 upgrades, these users will need to manually change the Updates described above.

    Please note that people post to forums like this looking for solutions, not responses questioning their judgement or saying everything is okay. In my case, I had two Win 8 machines that upgraded to Win 8.1 without problems, but my personal work laptop (Samsung Book 8) was thoroughly and completely fu***ed up by the forced upgrade. Rolling back was not possible, system restoration was required, but installed (fully paid legitimate Adobe software packages -- plural) were lost. I was not fortunate enough to get the "Blue Screen of Death", but instead got the "Black Screen of Nothingness". It was fixed with the assistance of freelance IT people. I've learned in some details what the incompatibilities between Microsoft, Intel, and ADM video hardware and software that are at the root of Samsung Win 8.1 upgrade problems, but the fixes are not complete and I cannot monitor the actions of four multinational corporations -- I need my machine running without interruption and blocking Win 8.1 will do that.

    By the way, I installed "Classic Shell" on Win 8 to give it a true Start Button and improve touch/desktop performance. I find that freeware shell superior to Win 8.1 and have even installed it on a couple Win 8.1 machines. Classic Shell solves an annoyance with Chrome running on Win 8.1 as an app vs a desktop program, it gives a program list like Win 7 did, and other useful Win 7 features killed in Win 8.1 while preserving the Win 8/8.1 touch functions and way of operating. It is such a great freeware solution that I have paid for each installation I've employed. Check it here:
    Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements
    Last edited by lapabc; 10 Nov 2014 at 14:03.

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  2. #22


    Posts : 4
    Win 8


    UPDATE #1:

    A new Microsoft Update KB3008273 appeared that also pushes an automatic "upgrade" from Win 8 to Win 8.1 It came out at the end of October, 2013



    UPDATE #2:

    Uninstalling Microsoft Updates can be temporary because at some point, your machine's behind the scenes communication with Microsoft may reveal that an "update" is not installed and Microsoft will push it back to your machine. To control the automatic behavior of updates, you must take on the job of doing this semi-manually or manually, as follows:

    (1.) In Control Panel go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Windows Update\Change settings.
    Click on "Change Settings". In the "Important Updates" pull down menu, the default is "Install updated automatically (recommended)" but instead select the next choice "Download updates but let me choose whether to install them"

    From now on when an update is pushed to your machine you will have the option of looking at the updates before giving permission to install. Keep an eye out for KB2871389, KB2973544, and KB3008273. If they appear, deselect them.

    In the future, your computer may give warnings that about uncompleted updates which is bothersome, and it's easy to OK the installation of these updates by accident, so you can hide these updates to eliminate those issues as follows:

    (2.) To hide an update in Win 7 and Win 8 (the process is exactly the same) see this tutorial: Windows Update - Hide or Restore Hidden Updates - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Basically, is shows how to go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Windows Update\Select updates to install, where you will see a list of "Important" and "Optional" updates with boxes that are checked, you would deselect the box of KB2871389, KB2973544, or KB3008273, then Right Click the listing, and a small pulldown will appear that allows you to Hide Update.


    To prevent upgrades to Win 8.1 you'll have to follow some of these measures hopefully until Win 10 comes out. (I am told Win 9 is being skipped by Microsoft, and Win 10 is really Win 7 all over again with the problems corrected, so we'll just have to see)
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  3. #23


    Posts : 87
    Win 8 and Linux (MINT)


    Quote Originally Posted by lapabc View Post
    UPDATE #1:

    A new Microsoft Update KB3008273 appeared that also pushes an automatic "upgrade" from Win 8 to Win 8.1 It came out at the end of October, 2013
    According to the KB Article for this update
    "If you have Automatic Updates enabled on a computer that has update 2871389 installed, this update enables automatic Windows 8.1 upgrade."

    So if you do not have KB2871389 you should not get this one.
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  4. #24


    I have Windows updates set to download but not install unless I say so.

    I actually do have KB2871389 installed. (Microsoft managed to sneak that one in before I knew what it could do. ) I always deselected KB2973544 when I realized what it was. Today I don't even see it on the list of updates...and there are 17 items on the list.

    So far, Windows 8.1 has not been downloaded. I do get periodic splash screens asking me if I want to download it.
    Since I found out what KB2973544 was all about, I decided to check each update for more information, and thus I found out what KB3008273 is. I think I'll just hide that one.

    I have a Samsung notebook which is doing just fine, and some essential business software installed that we cannot be without.
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  5. #25


    Oops. Can't hide an update that's already been downloaded.
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  6. #26


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by MaddyMay View Post
    Oops. Can't hide an update that's already been downloaded.
    You can uninstall an update & when it shows up again, then Hide it.

    Click image for larger version
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  7. #27


    Posts : 87
    Win 8 and Linux (MINT)


    uninstall KB2871389, then go to then downloaded updates location which default is C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download and delete its contents
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  8. #28


    Posts : 4
    Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by MaddyMay View Post
    I have Windows updates set to download but not install unless I say so.

    I actually do have KB2871389 installed. (Microsoft managed to sneak that one in before I knew what it could do. ) I always deselected KB2973544 when I realized what it was. Today I don't even see it on the list of updates...and there are 17 items on the list.

    So far, Windows 8.1 has not been downloaded. I do get periodic splash screens asking me if I want to download it.
    Since I found out what KB2973544 was all about, I decided to check each update for more information, and thus I found out what KB3008273 is. I think I'll just hide that one.

    I have a Samsung notebook which is doing just fine, and some essential business software installed that we cannot be without.
    The "solution" to my Samsung problem was found by my IT friend as follows (see "adel111").

    Windows 8.1 upgrade fails with blank black screen - Microsoft Community

    I put quotes around "solution" because it didn't work for me (that's why we had to roll back to Win 8 and lost some installed software in the process), but it might work for you... note in that post the model number of the Samsung laptop to see if it's similar to yours.

    I may try again in the future when there isn't anything critical going on and I can afford the time.
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  9. #29


    Posts : 3
    windows 8.1


    Was forced to update today to Windows 8.1
    Scroll no longer working on touchpad and volume is either maxed or muted.
    I notice also when i go into the metro to search for something in my computer, it gives shows me apps to purchase alongside everything else, so half the stuff i click on trying to fix this problem is really just an advertisement slipped into my search results.
    REALLY pissing me off, especially the apps showing in my search results.
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  10. #30


    Welcome to Windows EightForums, rob12000.

    They show up in half of the search results? Would you please post a screenshot of the search results? Perhaps your search is broke too.

    So far as the touchpad is concerned > Did you check for the latest driver?

    So far as the sound volume > Is there an OEM sound mixer program involved?
    Last edited by HippsieGypsie; 24 Nov 2014 at 07:27.
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