If you have a Windows 7 or 8.1 machine on older hardware, you should be unaffected and continue to receive updates through each OS's support end date of January 14, 2020 and January 10, 2023, respectively.
As for anyone trying to run the older OS versions on newer hardware, it looks like your only choice is to make the jump to Windows 10.
Since Microsoft automatically downloads and installs Windows updates now, you can see how this can cause issues for some PCs.
Let’s look at how to uninstall and block Windows updates in Windows 10 to ensure a smooth ride going forward.
Method 1 would not work because updating is blocked by the Win 10 upgrade as before (see attachment "bleeping 1"), so I used method 2.
I downloaded only "Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3184143)".
Now, in order to hide that update, you have to trick Windows 10 into letting you do.
You start by downloading the Windows Update troubleshooter from Microsoft here.
Windows updates at times will be slower than normal, especially in cases where you are getting them over a wireless connection and multiple wireless devices are connected.
The Norton firewall does not usually prevent critical system processes from running on Windows.
Also try shutting off "fast boot" within your Power settings and reboot.
My operating system is 64-bit and I have Service Pack 1.
Hi, Try installing the Update provided by Microsoft https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3184143/remove-software-related-to-the-windows-10-free-upgrade-offer Let me know if this solves the problem if not there is another tool you can use. It went to "Remove software related to the Windows 10 free upgrade offer".
Could the Norton firewall be preventing the Windows updates from downloading and installing, and is there a way around this without turning the firewall off?