Unable to remove KB2952664

Hello,

A bit of backstory as to why I need to remove these updates that prep PCs for Windows 10: My internet connection is far too slow to download the Windows 10 install files. I only want to update Windows 7 files, but now when I select an update and try to download it, the first message I get is "Downloading Windows 10."

I did quite a bit of research and found the following updates are related to Windows 10 and possibly causing my PC to want to download the install files:

KB3035586

KB3021917

KB3022345
KB2990214
KB2952664

All of them were easily removed and do not show up in powershell anymore (reference: http://www.ghacks.net/2015/04/17/how-to-remove-windows-10-upgrade-updates-in-windows-7-and-8/), EXCEPT FOR KB2952664.

I'm at my wits end with this update. I believe this is the 12th time I have attempted to uninstall and reboot my PC today to remove it. I found out that when I remove it via Programs and Features > Installed Updates and then go into powershell and look it up with "get-hotfix -id KB3035583" it still shows as installed TODAY, even though its no longer listed in installed updates (until I reboot and then it returns to installed updates).


How can I remove this for good so I can go back to installing updates for Windows 7 and Windows 7 only? I have had updates always set to "Never check for updates" or "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download or install them" for the lifetime of my computer. Silly me for thinking all the important updates were actually important!

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http://www.canadiantech.info/for-techies/prevent-windows-10/

Microsoft has turned a decades-long respected process — Windows Update — into a malware distribution system.  It is for all intents and purposes forcing innocent and content Windows 7 computer users into “upgrading” to its new Windows 10 version.  It promises to allow return to Windows 7 within 30 days.  That return process is flawed and leaves your computer virtually unusable and requires re-installation of Windows 7.  For some owners without a re-usable Microsoft product key or a factory restore partition on their computers, it results in a useless thing that used to be a computer.

Windows 10 is a completely new and very different Windows. 

Nothing like anything you have used before.

  1. It is primarily an advertising/sales vehicle.
  2. By adopting Windows 10, you sacrifice any privacy — essentially, anything on your computer is Microsoft’s and its partner’s to use as they see fit.
  3. Windows Update becomes non-optional.  You, as owner of your system no longer have control over what happens to your computer.  Microsoft will re-make Windows (on your computer) into what serves its purposes without asking your permission or opinion.
  4. Windows 10 as a system is still full of un-fulfilled promises and bugs.  Many of your programs will not run on Windows 10.  In fact, the “upgrade” process removes some.

So, if you like Windows 7, and most do very much so, I advise you to reject Windows 10 for the foreseeable future.  Be advised that Microsoft has committed to support Windows 7 until at least January, 2020.  Most of your current computers will last that long.

You must adopt a protective stance to prevent your Windows 7 system from becoming something you do not want.

I have advised my clients to change the Windows Update Setting to Never check for updates.  Once a month, about a week after the 2nd Tuesday, they will get an email from me advising to manually start WU and then to reject (right-click, hide) specific updates KB3035583, KB2952664, KB2977759, KB3021917, KB3075249, KB3080149, KB3083710, KB3083324,  KB3022345, KB3090045 and  KB3068708.  This list may change over time.  In fact, the December, 1015 update brought a new one: KB3112343 

Some may scoff at this idea.  Well they are incorrect.  Never means you are never giving Microsoft a chance to decide what you download and install.  It does NOT mean you will never update.  The difference is that now you take control and the responsibility of updating of Windows and Office.

Some may believe that Microsoft would not do such a stupid thing.  You must read Woody Leonhard (one of the most respected writers in the trade)  http://www.infoworld.com/article/2983777/microsoft-windows/how-to-clean-the-windows-10-crapware-off-your-windows-7-or-81-pc.html?nsdr=true Woody calls the Windows 10 download “crapware.”  Woody’s advice is that if you have Windows 7, keep it, you are better off by far.

If you see the Windows flag on the bottom right of your screen, chances are pretty high, your computer already has the Win10 file. Even if you do not, it may be on your computer shortly anyway.  Here are instructions on how to rid yourself of it:

First download and run GWX Control panel.  A free app:  http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/

http://www.infoworld.com/article/2979572/microsoft-windows/gwx-stopper-an-easy-way-to-permanently-delete-get-windows-10-nagware-in-windows-7-and-81.html

It will allow you to prevent any future operating system upgrades and delete downloaded Win10 files, but it will not remove any of Microsoft’s installed or attempts to install spyware.

This process works, but it only works if you do all the steps and do them in order.

  1. Take Windows Update off automatic — Never check for updates
  2. Windows Update, Installed updates, WAIT a long time till you see the green bar complete its long trip to the right
  3. Now, search for each of the listed updates, uninstall them.  You must wait until the list is re-created each time.
  4. If there are others you want to uninstall, click Later
  5. Then, clear the search box and after a brief wait, enter another KB number.
  6. Restart the PC

If you choose “check for updates, but let me choose whether to download and install them”, Microsoft will download an “important” update like KB3035583 to your computer.  It will be pre-checked — selected.  Unless you check Windows Update (WU) and discover this BEFORE you shut down, it will install it during the shut-down process.   Hiding accomplishes nothing.

This is more than annoying.  It goes way beyond that.  It is underhanded, dishonest and just plain wrong for Microsoft to do this.  There is no offer to accept or refuse.  There is no informed consent.  There is not even an idea of what it is your getting and what the result is if you change your mind.

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I noticed a typo in the OP. Here is the correction: "I found out that when I remove it via Programs and Features > Installed Updates and then go into powershell and look it up with "get-hotfix -id KB2952664" it still shows as installed TODAY, even though its no longer listed in installed updates (until I reboot and then it returns to installed updates)."

@Canadian Tech:
If I read your response correctly, setting aside the passionate dislike for Win 10 (which I'm fine with but it takes away from a concise response), these steps should be taken:

1.) Never check for updates
I already noted that this PC is set to that and has been since April.

2.) Items to remove:
KB3035583 (successfully removed)
KB2952664 (successfully removed)
KB2977759 (never installed)
KB3021917 (successfully removed)
KB3075249 (successfully removed)
KB3080149 (successfully removed)
KB3083710 (successfully removed)
KB3083324 (successfully removed)
KB3022345 (successfully removed)
KB3090045 (never installed)
KB3068708 (successfully removed)
KB3112343 (never installed)

It appears that KB2952664 could not be removed until KB3068708 was uninstalled. I rebooted several times to see that they were all removed. All updates with these numbers in my list are now hidden.

3.) GWX Control panel
I do not see the Windows flag on my desktop. It was there but when KB3035583 was uninstalled, gwx.exe and the pesky popup went away.

If I no longer have that popup, is this 3rd party program going to be of use to me?

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My results:

After performing steps 1 and 2 above and ensuring KB2952664 is completely gone via checking in powershell, my PC checks to download windows 10 even when I select a single .NET update. Is this to be expected?

To replicate:

A.) Choose an update not listed above in Step 2:


B.) Confirm download size matches previous and click Install updates:

C.) Checking requirements?

D.) Successfully only installed the 794KB update!

I guess its better than downloading 3GB+ over mobile data or 0.4 Mbps "DSL"... Can I get the check for requirements to at least go away?

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I routinely install GWX control panel on all my 150 client computers.  It's main feature is that it prevents any OS upgrade in the future.  Use it, whether you see the flag or not.  It is a defensive maneuver.  Read Woody Leonhard who recommends this.  

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