• When Windows 10 first came out, Microsoft offered it to Windows 7, 8, and 8,1 users as a “Free Upgrade”. At the time it was more of a suggestion than a requirement. Recently Microsoft has changed its approach and has become more aggressive in pushing out the upgrade to unsuspecting users. Now the offer is “upgrade now” or “upgrade later tonight”. The upgrade itself is not without it’s issues and has caused grief for many of our customers. So how can you stop it. Enter GWX_control_panel. This handy little utility will remove the upgrade icon from your task bar, disable any further OS updates, and clean off any Windows 10 upgrade files that were downloaded.