In the last few days I’ve seen posts at AskWoody and Ghacks discussing blocking Windows 7 telemetry.
Since this seems to still be an issue I’ve decided to revive my Remove And Block GWX In Windows 7 script.
Last updated 13FEB2017
My script does not cover Windows 8.1 because, well… I hate it.
My script does not stop scheduled tasks as I feel it is not needed.
My script does not use a hosts file. I’m a former network guy and I’m just not into this solution.
Inspiration for this came from a variety of sources but started HERE and HERE.
There is NO SUPPORT for this. You get what you pay for 😉
This folder contains:
BlockGWXetcV6.bat – Removes telemetry related updates and files. Blocks OS upgrades. Disables telemetry services.
HideGWXetcV6.vbs – Automatically run by the above .bat file. This hides the updates the batch file uninstalled.
README.txt – Instructions
th_add_CMDandTO.reg – Adds open command windows here (standard and admin) ,and Take Ownership to right-click.
DisableAutoWinUp.reg – Sets Windows Update to “Never check for updates” and UNCHECKS “Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates.”
DisableAutoWinUpButCheck.reg – Next Set Windows Update to:
“Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them” and UNCHECKS “Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates.”
DisableOsUpgradeGpedit.reg – Sets Group Policy to “Turn off the upgrade to the latest version of Windows through Windows Update”
Download block_GWX_V6.zip: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jaqzcerwnunyeqq/block_GWX_V6.zip?dl=0
To run this:
Either right-click the folder and choose Open Command Window Here as Administrator.
In the resulting command window type BlockGWXetcV6.bat and hit enter.
right-click the BlockGWXetcV6.bat file (see above) and choose Run as Administrator.
If you do not have these right-click options, double-click in included th_add_CMDandTO.reg file and logout/reboot.
Let it run, when the .bat file runs HideGWXetcV6.vbs it will take a while.
It may look like things have stopped, they haven’t.
DO NOT CLOSE WINDOW UNTIL YOU SEE: ” – Finished … All operations complete. Reboot now. Press any key to continue . . .”
Code for BlockGWXetcV6.bat :
:: This must be run as admin.
:: By TweakHound (https://www.tweakhound.com) I blatently copied pieces of script and ideas from varoius sources.
:: Orginally uninstalled Win10 GWX and related updates. Now aimed at telemetry. For Windows 7 ONLY.
:: Created 01NOV2015. Last edited 13FEB2017
:: The level of support you will receive is equal to the amount you paid for this ;-)
REM --- uninstall updates
echo uninstalling KB971033
start "title" /b /wait wusa.exe /kb:971033 /uninstall /quiet /norestart
echo done, uninstalling KB2952664
start "title" /b /wait wusa.exe /kb:2952664 /uninstall /quiet /norestart
echo done, uninstalling KB3021917
start "title" /b /wait wusa.exe /kb:3021917 /uninstall /quiet /norestart
echo done, uninstalling KB3068708
start "title" /b /wait wusa.exe /kb:3068708 /uninstall /quiet /norestart
echo done, uninstalling KB3080149
start "title" /b /wait wusa.exe /kb:3080149 /uninstall /quiet /norestart
echo done, finished uninstalling telemetry updates
echo next, block OS upgrades (in case GWX comes back)...
REM --- Block OS upgrade
reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\GWX /f
reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\GWX /v DisableGWX /t REG_DWORD /d 00000001 /f
echo finished...Disabling CEIP...
REM --- Disable Customer Experience Improvement Program
reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\SQMClient\Windows /v CEIPEnable /t REG_DWORD /d 00000000 /f
echo finished...disabling services...
REM --- Disable Diagnostics Tracking and Windows Media Player Network Sharing Services
echo disabling Diagnostics Tracking service...
sc stop DiagTrack
sc config DiagTrack start= disabled
echo done, disabling Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service...
sc stop WMPNetworkSvc
sc config WMPNetworkSvc start= disabled
echo finished...waiting to hide uninstalled updates...
REM --- hide updates
echo Hiding GWX related updates. Running HideGWXetcV6.vbs...
echo This may take a while.
echo DO NOT CLOSE WINDOW UNTIL YOU SEE: " - Finished ... All operations complete. Reboot now. Press any key to continue . . ."
start "title" /b /wait cscript.exe "%~dp0HideGWXetcV6.vbs" 971033 2952664 3021917 3068708 3080149
echo - Finished
echo ... All operations complete. Reboot now.
REM --- EOF