Windows Nagware Gets Nasty

I have an old laptop running Windows 7. Everything was fine till last week. The moment I run Microsoft updates, CPU utilization jumps to 100% and stays there. Machine is completely unusable. After a while it fills up my hard drive as well.

I scanned for viruses and trojans, but nothing was detected. Only svchost.exe jumps to 100% CPU usage, so that was my first suspicion. Next I cleared Event Viewer as Microsoft suggests in such cases – no luck.

I don’t use this Windows much (the next partition hosts a Linux distribution), so I didn’t alocate too much free space, but so far was ok. Now Microsoft keeps downloading the new Windows 10 without asking for permition, but is stupid enough to check for the free disk space.

I have to waste my time to figure out how to disable this nonsense. I am glad my primary OS is Debian Linux and I have full control there.

PS: Found a nice tool –  GWX Control Panel which does the job- prevents W10 download/install and cleans the downloaded stuff. All back to normal.

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