I ran Windows Update on 10/09/2015. The only option I was given was a button with the text: Upgrade to Windows 10. This is a new tact by Microsoft to push Windows 10 because I have never gotten the Windows 10 upgrade option in this format. I have not subscribed to Windows 10. I do NOT want to go to Windows 10 at this time. I just want to see what fixes are available for Windows 7. How can I avoid this download option in future runs of Windows Update? How can I "hide" Windows 10? I have seen the recommendations to set Windows Update to the dreaded "Never Run" option and then change the option once a month on Patch Tuesday. If I do this will I be able to hide Windows 10?
Foot note to explain context:
My reluctance to go to Windows 10 is that I have been on Windows 10 and I "lost" my PC. The problem was frequent and ever extending recoveries. I had to erase my HD and reinstall Windows 7. My PC security provider is also having problems with Window 10. My PC is an HP Pavilion with an I3-2100 processor.
First, go to Windows Update, Change Settings and follow the advice "Take Windows Update off automatic -- Never check." Select "Never check for updates".
Second, run "Check for updates". The search for updates ends with the dreaded "Upgrade to Windows 10" message in the same box with the "Get started" button, DON'T TOUCH THAT BUTTON!
Third, go to the fine, blue print underneath the Windows Update box, the fine, blue print that reads "Show all available updates", put the cursor over the print which, doing so, switches the print to a link. Clicked on "Show all available updates" and get a screen titled "Select the updates you want to install." On the left side of the screen there are tabs in bold letters. Click on the Optional tab. Then, with the greatest of joy, remove the check, ( uncheck ), from the box next to the text: Upgrade to Window 10.Fourth, repeat the process in the previous step to select (check) the software that you WANT to install. Review your selections to make sure that Windows 10 is absent. Then press the OK button.