MAKE SURE YOU'VE GOT THE LATEST VERSIONNew versions of GWX Control Panel often include improvements and fixes based on feedback I've gotten from users. Please be sure you're running the latest version of the program in case the problem you're having has already been addressed. You can head to the download page directly, or use the Check for updates feature in the right-click pop-up menus of both GWX Control Panel's Monitor Mode icon and the title bar of the main program window.
1. I CLICKED THE "PREVENT WINDOWS 10 UPGRADES" BUTTON BUT THE PROGRAM STILL SAYS UPGRADES ARE ALLOWED
UPDATE (May 5, 2016): In the past two weeks I've received four reports of this happening, even with the latest version of GWX Control Panel. Some new third party tool or Windows Update patch is altering the registry security settings on some peoples' computers in a way that prevents GWX Control Panel from writing the registry settings that protect you from Windows 10.
I CLICKED "DISABLE GET WINDOWS 10 APP" BUT THE PROGRAM STILL SAYS THE APP IS ENABLED
- You can click the "Click to Prevent Windows 10 Upgrades" button, but after a few seconds, the "Are Windows 10 Upgrades allowed?" field still says Yes, and the button text still says "Prevent Windows 10 Upgrades," indicating that your computer settings haven't changed.
- If you right-click the GWX Control Panel title bar and use the Save diagnostic info option, you'll see messages like this in the "BEGIN NORMAL MODE LOGS" section:
"ERR, code: 5, Failed to prevent Windows 10 upgrades in Windows Update policies."
"ERR, code: 5,"
- If you open up Registry Editor (regedit.exe) and attempt to create one of the Windows 10-blocking registry values yourself (for example, the DisableOSUpgrade value under HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate), you receive an error message that says: "Cannot create value: Error writing to the registry."
This is happening because some unknown tool or service is changing the default registry security settings on some computers, but I have not yet figured out who the culprit is. The weird thing is I've encountered scripts and tools in the past that did similar things, and the latest version of GWX Control Panel (220.127.116.11 at this writing) even has code explicitly meant to work around these problems, but in the past two weeks something new has been happening on some folks' PCs that GWX Control Panel is not yet able to combat. (Work is underway!)
While I work to figure out who is causing these problems and how GWX Control Panel can detect and fix it, there is a workaround that seems successful for the handful of people who've experienced the problem:
- Right-click the following link and click "Save link as" or "Save target as" in your browser to download the file. (If you click the link directly it might just open in your browser like a text file.)
Right-click this link and save it to your PC
- In the Windows File Explorer, locate the downloaded DisableWindows10Settings.reg file and double-click it.
- If Windows asks, "Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to your computer?" click Yes.
- When a Registry Editor dialog box appears asking, "Are you sure you want to continue?", click Yes.
- If the operation is successful, you should see a message like this, and GWX Control Panel should work normally again:
If the operation fails, you will see a message like this, and you will have to proceed to the following steps:
- Launch Registry Editor (regedit.exe) and browse to the following registry key under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE: SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
- Right-click the WindowsUpdate node and click Permissions. Select each of the items listed under Group or user names and verify their respective permissions. The following three entities should be listed here, and they should have the following settings:
Authenticated Users: Allow Read
SYSTEM: Allow Full Control, Allow Read
Administrators (xxx\Administrators): Allow Full Control, Allow Read
If all of the entities above are listed there, but their permissions are not set properly, correct this now. NONE of them should have any check marks under Deny, and both SYSTEM and Administrators need to be allowed Full Control. Here's an example of a properly configured system:
- If any of the three entities listed above are missing, you must restore them. To do this, click Add, then type the first word in the group's name under Enter the object names to select, and then click Check Names to look up the full correct group name. Next, click OK.
For example, this is what happened after I typed the word "administrators" and clicked Check Names:
- Once the group is added, make sure it has the appropriate permissions as described in step 7.
- Finally, repeat steps 7-9 for the following registry key under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE: SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\GWX
- Click OK to quit Registry Editor, and then launch GWX Control Panel. You should have full control over your computer again.
2. THE 'DELETE WINDOWS 10 DOWNLOAD FOLDERS' FEATURE DIDN'T DELETE ALL OF THE DOWNLOADED FILESGWX Control Panel looks for two different potential locations for downloaded Windows 10 files on your system drive. One folder is named $Windows.~BT and the other is $Windows.~WS. They only exist on your computer if Windows has tried one or more methods of downloading the files to your PC. GWX Control Panel always (as far as I know) deletes the $Windows.~BT folder, but I have heard of some cases where it couldn't delete $Windows.~WS. After taking a look at the code, it looks like there's a bug in 1.7.x of the program where it accidentally skips the $Windows.~WS folder if $Windows.~BT is not found.
This bug will be fixed in the next version of the program (I've already updated the code), but in the mean time, you can work around the issue by browsing to the root of your system drive (usually C:\) and creating a new folder called $Windows.~BT. Place a single file in the folder- even a little TXT file will do. Now when you use the Delete Windows 10 Download Folders button in GWX Control Panel, the program should find and remove both directories. Sorry for the confusion!
3. ONE OF THE BUTTONS SAYS "ALLOW WINDOWS 10 UPGRADES" BUT I DON'T WANT ANY WINDOWS 10 UPGRADES!Don't worry! If the button starts with "Allow" that means upgrades are already being prevented. If you had any Windows 10 upgrade settings, the button would actually say "Prevent Windows 10 Upgrades." The upper "Information" section of the program is your computer's current status. The lower area with the buttons is where you can perform actions described on the buttons.
|Look at the Information section for your current status. Use the buttons to perform actions.|
4. WHY CAN'T I CLICK ONE OR MORE OF THE BUTTONS?Some buttons become available or unavailable depending on the current state of the 'Get Windows 10' app or certain files and settings on your computer. See the user guide to learn when they're unavailable.
5. WHY DOES IT SAY THE GET WINDOWS 10 APP IS RUNNING OR ENABLED WHEN I DON'T SEE THE ICON?It is possible for the GWX app to be running but not actually displaying its icon. This is a result of various settings on your PC and the program's own internal rules/behaviors. Trust me, though, if GWX Control Panel says the app is running, it is running.
6. WHY DOES IT SAY THAT AUTOMATIC WINDOWS 10 UPGRADES ARE ALLOWED ON MY PC, AND HOW DO I FIX IT?The "Are Windows 10 Upgrades Allowed" field (before version 1.7 this used to be called "Are OS Upgrades Enabled in Windows Update") is an indication that one or more system settings related to Windows 10 upgrades was detected on your PC. They can be enabled for different reasons (we don't know all of the circumstances or culprits yet), but beginning with version 1.7, you can now see exactly which Windows 10 Upgrade settings GWX Control Panel detected by using the "Save diagnostic info" feature, which is available in the right-click pop-up menus of both the Monitor Mode icon and and main program window's title bar. Save diagnostic info creates a text file on your desktop and gives you a chance to open it in your default text editor to see what it says. For the Are Windows 10 Upgrades Allowed field, you want to look for the section of the report under UpgradeFlags. You'll see something like this:
In the above example, GWX Control Panel discovered that the DisableOSUpgrade registry setting was missing. You might see different values there, depending on the state of your PC.
There are a bunch of different settings that can potentially trigger this field to indicate Yes, and they're both used and maintained by a variety of operating system components. There are a few known causes for getting this indication.
- The DisableOSUpgrade registry value doesn't exist in a fresh Windows install; you have to add it yourself (GWX Control Panel can do this for you). So its absence will trigger the alert.
- The notorious KB3035583 Windows Update patch installs a number of programs that are scheduled to run in the background on a schedule prescribed by Microsoft. One or two of these scheduled tasks in some of the more recent versions of this update have been confirmed to reset some of the settings that can trigger Are Windows 10 Upgrades Allowed to register Yes, and they will change this setting every time they run. (This is why I added the Delete Windows 10 Programs feature; to blow these tasks away so they stop changing my settings.)
- Microsoft occasionally pushes updates to Windows Update itself. Sometimes these updates wipe out some of your existing Windows Update settings (many of which are directly related to Windows 10 upgrades), and you need to reset them with GWX Control Panel.
To put your system back to "No" state, click the Prevent Automatic Windows 10 Upgrades button. Consider adjusting your Windows Update settings and/or using the Delete Windows 10 Programs feature of GWX Control Panel if you'd like to stop Windows from altering these settings while you're not looking.
7. I RECENTLY USED GWX CONTROL PANEL TO PREVENT AUTOMATIC WINDOWS 10 UPGRADES BUT NOW IT'S SAYING THEY'RE ENABLED AGAIN. WHAT HAPPENED?Please see the answer to the previous question. Chances are the "Delete Windows 10 Programs" feature will stop this behavior.
8. I USED GWX CONTROL PANEL ONCE TO REMOVE MICROSOFT'S 'GET WINDOWS 10' ICON FROM MY TASKBAR BUT NOW IT'S BACK AGAIN- WHAT HAPPENED?Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' icon app is part of the infamous KB3035583 Windows Update patch. Since the update first started rolling out in July 2015, Microsoft has released several updated versions of it, without changing the update name. First off, here are some things to keep in mind about KB3035583:
- If your Windows Update preferences are set to "install updates automatically," KB3035583 will install every version that Microsoft releases, whether you already have a previous version of it or not. (Note, for the time being you can prevent this by making sure to uncheck the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates option in your Windows Update settings. Windows will still offer the update for download, but it won't automatically install it. This behavior might change in the future.)
- If you have Windows Update set to "check for updates but let me choose" or "download updates but let me choose" and you use Windows Update's "hide" feature to prevent KB3035583 from showing up in your control panel, that's only good for that particular version of the KB3035583 patch. The next time Microsoft pushes a new version of it, the new version of the patch will appear once it is available and need to be re-hidden if you no longer wish to see it.
- If you already have an existing version of KB3035583 installed and Microsoft pushes an updated version to your PC, if you then subsequently uninstall KB3035583 from your computer, this will no longer actually remove the files from your PC! Uninstalling the patch once it's been upgraded will just roll you back to the previously installed version. (This is why I added the Delete Windows 10 Programs feature to GWX Control Panel. It really deletes the KB3035583 files.)
So, if you want to keep installing Windows updates (and any Windows computer that connects to the Internet should), leave your updates enabled and also enable GWX Control Panel's Monitor Mode feature. This will alert you when and if Microsoft changes anything behind your back so you can put things right again.
9. I USED GWX CONTROL PANEL BUT I'M STILL SEEING ADS FOR WINDOWS 10 IN MY WEB BROWSERSome Microsoft sites (most notably MSN.com) have been displaying some very annoying advertisements for Windows 10 inside desktop web browsers for some time. I've seen the ads take two forms: A banner at the top of the browser window, and an even more annoying blue pop-over ad that you have to dismiss in order to see the web page underneath. Both ads say "Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 10."
As of version 1.7, GWX Control Panel does not yet have a way to prevent this, since the program focuses on system-wide Windows settings, not content delivered to your web browser. I am currently investigating whether there's a safe, non-invasive way to stop these ads, but I don't know yet whether it will be possible to fix with GWX Control Panel. For now, I recommend just avoiding MSN or any other Microsoft site that delivers the ads. (Change your browser start page if you're currently defaulting to MSN.)
Here are both types of ads I've seen at MSN:
|GWX Control Panel is not yet able to inhibit the "Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 10" banner ads in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc. but this ability might appear in a future release.|
|This is another example of the annoying MSN "Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 10" ads that GWX Control Panel does not (yet) fix. Investigation on how to stop this behavior is ongoing.|
|Have you seen these pop-ups? Please let me know if the "Prevent Windows 10 Upgrades" feature fixes it!|
10. I ENABLED MONITOR MODE BUT IT DOESN'T START AUTOMATICALLY WHEN I LOG IN TO WINDOWSThis is less likely to happen with version 18.104.22.168 of GWX Control Panel than with previous versions, but it's still worth documenting. Version 1.6 of GWX Control Panel enabled Monitor Mode on a per-user basis. In other words, you had to enable it for each user account on a given PC. This turned out to be a problem, because there are situations where users with Standard or Child user accounts actually run the program with the account permissions of an administrator user on that computer, meaning that any user-specific changes the program made actually affected the administrator account, not the true current user account.
The most likely scenario for seeing this problem (with version 1.6) was this:
- User with a Standard or Child user account installs GWX Control Panel using the GwxControlPanelSetup installer.
- In order to run, the installer needs administrator permissions, so it prompts the user for the password to a local administrator account. Once the password is entered, the installer runs under that administrator user's account profile.
- The installer launches GWX Control Panel once setup is complete. This instance of GWX Control Panel is still running as the Administrator user, since the installer that launched it had administrator permissions.
- User enables Monitor Mode in this elevated instance of GWX Control Panel. This does start the Monitor Mode icon for the current windows login, but the registry value that loads Monitor Mode on Windows restart is actually set in the administrator user's account profile.
- After restarting Windows, the Standard/Child user who enabled Monitor Mode doesn't see the Monitor Mode icon.
11. I SEE THE MONITOR MODE ICON IN MY NOTIFICATION AREA, BUT GWX CONTROL PANEL IS SHOWING ME THE "ENABLE MONITOR MODE" BUTTON INSTEAD OF "DISABLE MONITOR MODE"
Because of the confusing behavior described in the previous answer, the Monitor Mode button in the main GWX Control Panel setting changes its state based on whether Monitor Mode is enabled for all users, rather than checking its per-user status. Beginning with GWX Control Panel 1.7, the GWX Control Panel Monitor Mode status field indicates how Monitor Mode is currently configured:
In the above example, Monitor Mode is still configured for the user account named AnyPoint, and is not configured for "all users," so the Enable Monitor Mode button is in its correct state. And here's what happens after I click Enable Monitor Mode:
|The button status changed to reflect that Monitor Mode is now enabled for all users.|
Notice that GWX Control Panel Monitor Mode status now shows that it's enabled both system-wide and for the user named AnyPoint. This is actually harmless (only one Monitor Mode instance runs per user), but you can clean it up by using the Enable/disable Monitor Mode for current user option in the right-click pop-up menu of the program's title bar.
Remember: There are situations where an instance of GWX Control Panel launched by a Standard/Child user actually runs under the profile of an administrator account. So just like with version 1.6, the Enable/disable Monitor Mode for current user option in the system menu might affect the administrator account, not the actual current user. This is why I display the name of the user Monitor Mode is enabled under, because it will list the administrator's name if the program is running with elevated permissions.
12. I DOWNLOADED THE LATEST VERSION OF GWX CONTROL PANEL BUT THE ABOUT BOX AND CHECK UPDATES SCREENS OF MONITOR MODE ARE TELLING ME I HAVE AN OLDER VERSIONThe program versions displayed in the About GWX Control Panel and Check for updates dialog boxes are pulled from the currently-running process (they're not hard-coded strings built into the dialog boxes). If you see an older version listed in those screens, it means you're actually running an older version of the program.
This can easily happen if you use the stand-alone version of GWX Control Panel, because the default behavior of most browsers is to rename more recent copies of a file if a pre-existing file with the same name as what you're trying to download already exists:
|GWX Control Panel was downloaded three times, resulting in three uniquely-named files.|
The Enable Monitor Mode feature of GWX Control Panel tells Windows to use the path and filename of the currently running copy of GWX Control Panel when you clicked the button. If you enabled GWX Control Panel while using a different folder or filename from the most recent copy you downloaded, your other, older copy is going to be the one that loads on Windows startup.
The GWX Control Panel installer solves this issue by letting you select a single install location for the program and replacing older copies with the latest version, preventing multiple copies from cluttering up your downloads folder.
If you still prefer to stick with the stand-alone version, just click Disable Monitor Mode, then click Enable Monitor Mode to re-enable it using the current path/filenname.
If you upgraded from version 1.6, you might also want to use the Enable/disable Monitor Mode for current user feature to make sure you don't have two startup entries for Monitor Mode (this will ensure that only the latest version gets launched at startup).
13. WHEN I USE THE 'DISPLAY THE USER GUIDE' FEATURE MY BROWSER BOOKMARKS AND SETTINGS ARE DIFFERENTIf a Standard or User child account does something that requires administrator permissions to perform (basically any time you have to enter a password to do anything in GWX Control Panel, including installing/uninstalling), GWX Control Panel actually runs under the user profile of the administrator account whose password you entered. Consider these two scenarios:
- Standard user A has to enter administrator user B's password in order to install GWX Control Panel. When the final setup page launches GWX Control Panel, it is still running with administrator permissions, and any changes made for that one instance of the program happen under the administrator's user profile. (Subsequent instances launched under user A's account will run under user A's profile until they attempt to do something that requires administrator permissions.)
- Standard user A uses a GWX Control Panel feature that affects system settings, resulting in Windows prompting for an administrator password. Any subsequent actions the user performs in that same elevated instance of the program, including Display the User Guide, happen under the administrator user B's profile.
14. WINDOWS ASKS ME TO ENTER A PASSWORD IN ORDER TO LAUNCH GWX CONTROL PANEL EVERY TIME I LOG IN TO WINDOWSAny time Windows asks you to enter a password in order to use GWX Control Panel, it means you are using a Standard or Child account with limited Windows permissions. While this is expected if you launched GWX Control Panel manually and clicked one of the features that changes system settings, this is never supposed to happen at Windows startup, because Monitor Mode doesn't require administrator rights.
This behavior is much less likely to happen if you use the GWX Control Panel installer rather than the stand-alone version, but here are some potential causes for this behavior if it happens to you:
- GWX_control_panel.exe is located in a protected folder location. Standard and Child user accounts of Windows don't have access to all locations of a computer's storage drives. If another user downloaded GWX Control Panel into a protected or private location and enabled Monitor Mode, users who don't have the same access to the computer can be prompted to enter the password of an account that does.
- Someone changed the properties of GWX Control Panel to require administrator access. There are a lot of Windows utilities that don't work properly unless you explicitly launch them with administrator permissions. GWX Control Panel is not one of them. If you change GWX Control Panel's properties to elevate it to administrator, this will force Standard and Child user accounts to enter an administrator password in order to run it, even though Monitor Mode never does anything that requires admin rights.
You never need to check this box or use the "Run as Administrator" Explorer shortcut menu option with GWX Control Panel.
15. I'M UNABLE TO INSTALL/UPGRADE/UNINSTALL GWX CONTROL PANEL DUE TO AN "ERROR OPENING FILE FOR WRITING" DIALOGThis happens if an already-installed copy of GWX Control Panel is still running while the setup program is attempting to install the latest version (or remove an existing one). Now, the setup program attempts to terminate any running instances of GWX Control Panel before proceeding, but sometimes this error still occurs:
The two most likely reasons for this error are:
- More than one user account is currently in the logged-in state on your computer, and at least one of those other accounts is running an instance of GWX Control Panel (either the main program window or the Monitor Mode icon).
- You are running the installer from a Standard or Child account, and as a result the installer (which runs under a separate administrator account's credentials), can't "see" processes running in your Standard/Child account's process space.
- Only attempt to install, upgrade, or uninstall GWX Control Panel while logged in to an administrator account. (Tip: If you have to enter a password when launching the installer, you are not running from an administrator account.)
- Log out any other user accounts on the computer, so that no instances of GWX Control Panel are running outside of your current administrator account's process space. (Or just reboot your computer and only log in to your primary administrator account.)
- Launch the GWX Control Panel setup program (or uninstaller) and proceed.
16. THE GWX CONTROL PANEL WINDOW IS POSITIONED SO HIGH ON MY DESKTOP THAT I CAN'T GRAB THE TITLE BAR TO MOVE THE WINDOWThis is actually a really neat little bug, but I'll spare you the details and just say I've fixed the problem. There are two easy ways to re-position the GWX Control Panel window:
- If you have Monitor Mode enabled, right-click the Monitor Mode "10" icon in your notification area and then click Reset Control Panel Window Position on the pop-up menu.
- If you don't want to (or aren't able to) use Monitor Mode, you can fix the problem by either uninstalling and then re-installing GWX Control Panel (assuming you used the installer versus running the program stand-alone) or by downloading and installing the most recent version of the GWX Control Panel installer. Beginning with 22.214.171.124, the installer resets the window position before installing/upgrading the program.
17. I USED GWX CONTROL PANEL AND NOW I GET HANGS OR ERRORS WHEN I TRY TO CHECK FOR WINDOWS UPDATESGWX Control Panel doesn't cause Windows Update errors or failures, and it doesn't block or otherwise disable Windows Update unless you explicitly tell it to by using Change Windows Update Settings feature to select the Never check for updates option. If you encounter an error when trying to use the Check for updates feature of Windows Update, GWX Control Panel is not the root cause. Here are some things you can do to troubleshoot your problem:
Important note for Windows 7 users: Before you start with this checklist, make sure you have the patches KB3138612 and KB3145739 installed. Recent versions of Windows Update are known to deliver terrible performance and seemingly endless "check for updates" scans without them. Please see this InfoWorld article for more information. This does not affect Windows 8.
- Wait it out. If your issue is that checking for updates is taking an unusually long time, understand that checking for updates is a queued operation. In other words, when you click "Check for updates" Microsoft puts your request in a queue behind hundreds or possibly thousands of other computers waiting to communicate with your nearest Windows Update servers. Busier times of day usually result in longer wait times. Also remember that if you used the "Clear Windows Update Cache" feature of GWX Control Panel your first update check will take longer than usual.
- Restart Windows. Seriously, if you haven't rebooted your computer since you first experienced your issue, please do it at least once.
- Try again later. The number one cause of errors when checking for new Windows updates is server problems, and Microsoft's update servers are busier than ever now that they're also used to distribute Windows 10. Note that most of these failures occur on Monday (when people power on their work computers) and Tuesday (when Microsoft pushes out most updates).
- Check your internet connection. Windows Update communicates with Microsoft's update servers, and it obviously won't work if your Wi-Fi connection is down or your router's not working, or your DNS cache is out of date. Unfortunately, the errors you get when this is the problem are incredibly misleading.
- Make sure the Windows Update and Software Protection services are running. Both of these services are supposed to start automatically with Windows, but they are "Delayed Start" services that load after all the other services start. Every once in a while one or both of them doesn't bother starting at all, and Windows Update won't work without them. Open up your Services control panel (services.msc) and locate Software Protection and Windows Update, then make sure they're both enabled as "Automatic (Delayed Start)" and that they're both running.
While not as commonly a problem, you should also check that both Background Intelligent Transfer Service and the Cryptographic Services are enabled and running. Windows Update can't fully function without them.
- Check your Windows update log for errors. Locate the Windows Update log file (usually C:\Windows\WindowsUpdate.log). It is a normal text file you can open in Notepad. Any recent activity and error messages will be down at the bottom of the file. This will give you some keywords to search for when tracking down a fix.
- Try some of Microsoft's Windows Update troubleshooters. The first one I'd try would be the one located at the bottom of this Knowledge Base article. (Look for the "automatic troubleshooter" link.) If that doesn't seem to work for you, proceed to this other troubleshooter.
- Try a third-party repair tool. While I haven't used this tool personally, I have heard positive reviews from some folks who were able to able to resolve Windows Update issues with Tweaking.com's Windows Repair utility.
If you do a Check for updates and Windows Update reports "No updates available" that really means that no updates are available (unless you've explicitly hidden some with the Hide update feature, in which case you can reveal them with Restore hidden updates).
- The Prevent/Allow Automatic Windows 10 Upgrades feature affects some Windows Update settings directly related to the Windows 10 upgrade process, and these settings are completely reversible. See the user guide.
- The Change Windows Update Settings feature presents a subset of the Windows Update settings for your computer. Any changes you make here will be reflected in your Windows Update control panel, and can be undone/changed back in either Windows Update or GWX Control Panel. See the user guide.
- The Clear Windows Update Cache feature deletes cached Windows update data and results in some one-time effects which are documented both inside GWX Control Panel (before you attempt to perform the operation) and at the GWX Control Panel announcement page. Among other things, the first time you check for updates after using it will take significantly longer than usual, but any actual errors you encounter are more likely due to server issues- so just try again later.
18. GWX CONTROL PANEL SUCCESSFULLY BLOCKED WINDOWS 10, BUT NOW WINDOWS UPDATE SAYS I'VE GOT A TON OF UPDATES READY FOR DOWNLOAD!Sometimes when Microsoft installs Windows 10 "nagware" on your computer it has a side-effect of blocking the regular Windows Update patches that your current operating system is supposed to receive. If you are one of the people experiencing this behavior, once GWX Control Panel blocks Windows 10 and restores your normal Windows Update behavior, you may indeed find dozens (even hundreds) of Windows Update patches waiting to install on your computer the next time you open your Windows Update control panel. While this is to be expected in some cases (for unknown reasons, not all users affected by the Windows 10 annoyances experience this Windows Update hijacking behavior), Windows Update doesn't always behave gracefully when it has a bunch of downloads to deliver to you all at once. Here are some tips to help you get back to normal:
- Before allowing Windows to install your available updates, I advise checking your Windows Update settings (you can do this from within GWX Control Panel or by clicking Change settings from Microsoft's Windows Update control panel) and making sure to uncheck the option labeled, "Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates." This prevents Windows from automatically selecting non-essential patches such as KB3035583 for installation, and cut down on the number of updates you'll initially have to install.
- Some Windows Update patches conflict with one another in the sense that they make their own updates to the same operating system files on your PC. Windows is smart enough to apply the right changes when you install individual updates one-at-a-time, but if you attempt to install two or more conflicting updates together in a batch of other update patches, it is quite common for one of the conflicting patches to fail- which usually has the unfortunate effect of rolling back the entire batch of attempted updates. If you find that Windows keeps trying (and failing) to install the same updates, click the "important updates are available" link from the main Windows Update page, and then uncheck all automatically-selected updates except for one single update. Click OK to return to the main Windows Update page, and then click Install updates. Repeat this process, restarting Windows when prompted to do so. This may take a while, but it works.
- People frequently ask me if GWX Control Panel will prevent any Windows 10-related updates from downloading to your PC. The current version doesn't do that (you can read more about why this is- and why it doesn't really matter- in the first topic at the GWX Control Panel FAQ), but don't worry! If you've already used the "Disable/Prevent Get Windows 10 App" and "Prevent Windows 10 Upgrades" features of GWX Control Panel, you are already protected from Windows 10, regardless of what Windows Update patches you install on your PC.
- If you continue to experience problematic Windows Update behavior, have a look at topic 17 above, on this same page. I've never seen a Windows Update problem those steps couldn't fix.
19. I CAN SEE THE MONITOR MODE ICON BUT MY 'SAVE DIAGNOSTIC INFO' REPORT SAYS IT ISN'T RUNNINGIf you enabled Monitor Mode and you can see that it's running, you might notice some confusing output in the Save Diagnostic Info logs:
Monitor Mode Flags=0x00000006
- Monitor Mode is enabled for all users in registry (HKLM Run GwxControlPanelMonitor).
- Monitor Mode is currently running.
- Monitor Mode is not currently running (try Restart Monitor Mode from the system menu).
This is just a minor bug in the 126.96.36.199 code that parses the flag values. If the Flags value is 0x00000003 or 0x00000006, the "Monitor Mode is not currently running" message is incorrect. It will be fixed in the next version.
20. I AM USING AN ADMINISTRATOR ACCOUNT BUT MY 'SAVE DIAGNOSTIC INFO' REPORT SAYS I'M NOT AN ADMINISTRATORIn version 1.7, the "User is Administrator" field in the Save Diagnostic Info reports is really talking about the permissions of the currently running process, not the actual logged-in user account. I agree this is confusing, and I will fix the wording in a future version. Here are some cases when this field will say "User is Administrator=Yes":
- Using "Run as Administrator" when launching GWX Control Panel (not necessary or recommended).
- When GWX Control Panel is launched by the installer.
- When GWX Control Panel's Monitor Mode is launched by an instance of GWX Control Panel that has administrator rights. (When it loads at Windows startup Monitor Mode never requests admin rights.)
- User modified the shortcut or EXE properties so that the program always runs as administrator (again, not recommended or required).
- User selected a program feature that requires administrator rights. (The program self-elevates to Administrator in that case and remains that way until closed.)
21. I USED GWX CONTROL PANEL AND NOW MY (INSERT APPLICATION OR FEATURE HERE) DOESN'T WORK!Thousands of people download and use GWX Control Panel every day, and since the program's release I haven't learned of a single instance where the program was responsible for any problem that's not already described on this page or the user guide. That said, there's a first time for everything, and here's how to determine whether GWX Control Panel was the true culprit:
- Open GWX Control Panel and re-enable any feature that you had previously disabled within the program. (And restart Windows if the program prompts you to do so.) This will undo any changes GWX Control Panel made, restoring them to their state before you ran the program.
The Clear Windows Update Cache, Delete Windows 10 Programs, and Delete Windows 10 Download Folders features are the only things that can't be reversed, since they delete files. Although they are not reversible, neither of them are harmful, and I haven't heard reports of any unexpected side-effects from using them. (There are indeed some known one-time side-effects of clearing your update cache, and those are both detailed in the user guide and described inside the program before you proceed with the operation.)
- If you suspect Monitor Mode is causing problems, click Disable Monitor Mode in the main GWX Control Panel window to exit the Monitor Mode process and prevent it from starting automatically.
- Finally, if you want to completely rule out GWX Control Panel as a root cause, and you used the GWX Control Panel setup program to install the software (versus downloading the program stand-alone), you can uninstall it from your Programs and Features control panel in Windows. The uninstaller should stop any open instances and remove any registry values created by the installer and the application.