How to Stop Automatic Forced Upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1?

Last year we posted a tutorial to prevent update from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 operating system:

How to Disable Automatic Upgrade to Latest Windows Version in Windows 8 and 8.1

Although Windows 8.1 is an improved version of Windows 8 and contains many new features and fixes but there are many people who don't want to upgrade to Windows 8.1. There might be many reason behind the decision of not upgrading Windows version. Sometimes there is no driver update available for a particular hardware after upgrading to Windows 8.1. Sometimes people face problems in the new OS and they want to revert back to the old Windows version.

The above mentioned tutorial worked for everyone who wanted to disable notification prompt to update to Windows 8.1, thus they were able to skip the upgrade process.

But now a few people have reported that even after disabling the upgrade notification message, their Windows 8 computer system was automatically upgraded to Windows 8.1 without their knowledge and permission. It was an automatic and forced upgrade to Windows 8.1. They didn't realize that their computer is being upgraded to Windows 8.1 and once the process finished, they were having Windows 8.1 operating system in their computer which they never wanted to install.

Thanks to our reader "Martin" who contacted us and shared the fact that Microsoft has released a new update for Windows 8 operating system which allows automatic upgrade to Windows 8.1. Once this update is installed, the Windows 8 computer is automatically updated to Windows 8.1 OS.

This new update is KB3008273 which is marked as important update and if your Windows 8 computer is set to automatically install Windows updates (which is the default behavior), this new update is installed and then starts the automatic upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 operating system. Microsoft has clearly mentioned on the update information page that this update enables Window 8 to update to Windows 8.1 and enables Windows RT to update to Windows RT 8.1.

Now the question occurs, how to prevent or stop this automatic forced upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 operating system? Although we don't encourage anyone to skip Windows 8.1 update as its essential and important update and everyone should upgrade to Windows 8.1. But still if some people don't want to update to Windows 8.1, they can follow these simple steps to skip Windows 8.1 upgrade process:

1. First of all open Control Panel and change View by type to Large icons. Now click on Windows Update icon and then click on "Change settings" link given in left sidebar of Windows Update.

2. Now choose "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them" option from drop-down list.


3. Apply the changes and close Windows Update window.

4. Now go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> View installed updates and make sure following 2 updates are not installed in your computer:

  • KB2871389 (a prerequisite for Windows 8.1 upgrade as mentioned here)
  • KB3008273 (enables automatic Windows 8.1 upgrade)

5. If you find any of the above mentioned updates present in the list, right-click on the update and select Uninstall option.


6. Restart computer and check for new updates using Windows Updates. Once it finds the above mentioned updates again, right-click on these updates and select Hide Update option.


It'll hide the updates and you'll no longer receive those 2 updates in future and you'll be able to keep Windows 8 OS in your computer.

7. In future, whenever Windows prompts you about the new updates available, double-check the updates list and make sure above mentioned 2 updates are not selected to install.

PS: Now you can restore Windows Update settings according to your requirements if you want.

That's it. By following above mentioned steps, you'll be able to prevent automatic update from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 operating system.

Also Check:

If you have installed Windows 8.1 in your computer, check out following guide:

Also don't forget to install following updates in Windows 8.1:

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  • Thank u. thank u. thank u. Worked flawlessly. :D

  • Will this update upgrade computers to Windows 8.1 in cases in which the update does not appear in the Windows Store (domains)?

  • maybe a dumb question, but I had both updates, uninstalled both but now im afraid to restart my laptop. I had screen that windows 8.1 will be installed and it was already like its ready to upgrade, not an ordinary "get win8.1 for free". Could it be late? Im still running win8 now without those 2 updates. is there still chance that win8.1 will install when i restart my laptop? (there is no update next to restart button)

    Thank you very much for reply

  • How could I find Windows Update? Is it still on Control Panel? If it is, when could I find this 'Select updates to install'?

    Every comment will be helpful for me. Thanks for your help in advance.

  • VG

    ^^ First you can open Control Panel using WIN+X Menu or Control command in RUN dialog box or using Ribbon in Windows Explorer. Then set "View by" option as Large Icons and you'll see Windows Update icon at the end of the list.

    I dont think it'll upgrade if you uninstalled those updates.

    I think yes.

  • I tried this. It took over 3 hours before I got back to the Start Screen!
    When I finally retrieved control some of my screens looked vaguely different so I checked what OS was working. Surprise, surprise = Windows 8.1 !!!!!!!!!
    How did I get there?
    Is it all possible that I can revert to straight forward Win 8?

  • Use Win 8 Enterprise edition, it will never update to 8.1 even when we want xD

  • why all this; as windows 8 will not be supported anymore unless you install kb#### (i could not find the exact number)

  • Thanks heaps for this info!!! I have issues with Windows 8.1, and prefer 8. Mostly because 8.1 keeps dropping the wifi in my acer laptop. This has been an issue for me which I have been trying to deal with for months now.The mentioned windows updates were going to automatically install 8.1 into my computer (for a second time) and removing them has fixed the problem. I am very relieved.

    It is criminal what Microsoft has done here!!!!. I consider these updates to be a form of malware, a bloody virus!! taking our freedom of choice from us!! I think I will go to Apple for my next computer I am so disgusted!!!

  • Thank you so much for this! Windows 8.1 needs a driver that HP won't create, so my computer has been running hot enough to burn me. After frying one hard drive (quite literally) I just want to have Windows 8 back so my computer will go back to normal.

  • Followed the instructions to a "T" and ended up with 8.1 installed. Thankfully I am not using this PC for gaming, and no other significant issues have surfaced... so far,

  • I need to find out:
    When does the download occur for the windows 8.1 upgrade? Is this before or after their notice to "finish the Windows 8.1 update"?

    If they have yet to download it, and if you are in a low bandwidth environment, this could take forever. If before, then if you were on a metered connection, ie, tethered, you could exhaust your data plan for the month in one day, or incur +$100 fee for being unknowingly upgraded. Worse, if you had a project to finish, or no internet service for a few days, you could lose the use of your PC for days.

    I'd also like to know precisely how large this update download is. I know the latest SP3 (3) for 8.1 in November alone was about 800 MB.

  • I've been getting this banner on my computer screen whenever I go into the weather feature on my Windows 8 that reads: "There is a new version of Weather available. Please choose to update to continue." I had thought that this message only pertained specifically to the weather feature on my Windows 8. However, when I clicked onto it for the update, it immediately took me to the Windows Store and then I got a message that Windows 8.1 was initializing. This set off alarms in my head. I went ahead and followed your instructions on how to stop the Windows 8.1 from downloading and to remove any updates that may have slipped into my computer system pertaining to Windows 8.1. However, I would still like to know how to prevent the above aforementioned annoying banner from popping up on my computer screen every time I go into the weather feature to find out what the weather forecast is. Could you or somebody help me out with this? I'm thinking that I would have to go into the registry and do something to get it to stop, but I really need guidance on how to do this.

  • On 12/18, 8.1 was automatically installed (I wasn't given the choice to not install this time). After this update, my printer disappeared and I can't reinstall. When I try, I'm told that it doesn't recognize my ip address.

    1. Why was my printer removed?
    2. How do I reinstall?

    Thank you

  • Thank you so much. I have had windows 8.1 and I just did not like it so I reverted. Now 8.1 is trying to get back in with these updates I forgot to set install only what I want. Did not take long for Microsoft to worm the unwanted upgrade. first part was done on the 4 Jan 2016 and this morning the second part this time I was not given a choice. Message was to install now or in 1, 2, 4 hours. So I clicked on four and started searching the web, Your site is great and now I do not have to start all over again. Thank you.

  • Thanks for this. Like Gerry, I got shafted with the 4 hour option. Deleted the kb300 file and when I restarted, the upgrade to 8.1 failed :) so Windows reverted to 8. So far, so good.

  • Reporting an automatic forced update to 8.1 on 23 Jan 2015, despite having my Windows Update set up to require approval for choosing whether to install updates. This initially appeared to be a Samsung update, yet I do not allow any automatic Samsung updates. The problem is... hours on end unexpectedly without access to my own machine, without my permission, without warning.

    Adding insult to injury, the new version changed "my" Windows Update settings to automatically install, despite my previous setting to require explicit permission. I guess the Borg will assimilate me, like it or not.

    What if you were working a deadline or in the middle of some critical task? What if you were looking up some information in the midst of an emergency? What if you were running critical software known to be incompatible with the new OS? How is it okay for the update itself or even the timing of the update to not be your option on your own, "owned" computer?

  • I for myself convince to have a latest graphic upgrade and latest drivers but still not enough. 8.1 is too much, so I roll back to 8 for better performance. Still don't trust playing Diablo 3 on win 8.1, they are terribly lagging! a same with playing videos in normal mode or HD. lag,lag,lag!

    and because of that I have to refresh twice, and also reinstall back 3 times. the last one is automatic, which is made me more angry. That is why I found this page, and thanks to you I can finally relax from an annoying updates for 8.1. I will never, ever do that again!

  • Thank you thank you thank you
    I work from home and my companies site will not work with 8.1.
    I have wasted endless hours reverting back to 8.0 and thought I had it set correctly to not auto update, and it just tried to do it again today. Your instructions worked well

  • Thank you very much for this fix!

    According to HP my particular model notebook has not been tested with Windows 8.1 yet I have had the 8.1 upgrade forced on me twice now, both times while the notebook was on and unattended and both times I have had to restore back to 8. The 8.1 upgrade initially caused problems with the on-board Bluetooth but particularly with some specialized software that I run. The problem is that Microsoft is forcing an operating system upgrade on a machine that it has not been tested on. I have made HP aware of this last comment.

  • I didn't have any of the two installed on my PC. Thething was like this: My Win updated to 8.1 (of course I didn't want it) and then I found this page. I looked for these two updates KB2871389
    KB3008273 in my control panel and they weren't there, so I could not uninstall or hide them and the system was 8.1! How come?
    Now I returned to 8 and still don't have these two in my control panel. I don't understand why my system was updated if I didn't have the two updates on my system. Can anyone help?

  • I have tried all that you have recommended to stop the windows 8.1 update, but all has failed! My computer is possessed! The window's update request is now no longer a request. It gives me a count down of hours. The only way to continue with my work is to shut down my computer and then start up again. I'm about to give up. HELP!

  • Thank you so freaking much for this.
    I had previously had 8.1 installed, but it caused an error in my laptop that sadly,
    couldn't be fixed unless I reset it to factory settings.
    I got prompted to update to 8.1 a few days after I reset my computer, and I'm just not having it.
    I don't want to risk having to reset my laptop again, so screw 8.1
    This is a lifer saver!
    I lost so much work resetting my laptop once, not about to do it again.

  • I removed KB2871389 and KB3008273 has not been installed. However, I still get the upgrade messages. Is it possible that Microsoft put that prepare for upgrade message in another update? Is there a reasonable way to search through all of the updates to find out if another one does something similar?

    At least it has not installed yet!


  • I got here by searching for a fix for a client whose computer is half way though the update to Windows 8.1, and it wants to uninstall some of their applications to proceed. The only choice is pause the update. The problem is there is no option to abort the update.

    The very, very common reason for not wanting the update is it is massively different than 8.0, and there are all manner of problems with drivers and major, high volume, line-of-business applications. And since Microsoft abandoned the 8.x line, and the 9.x development for 10.x, the 8.x is another Vista/Bob/Edsel. Business users will go from 7 to 10, which is why 10 has a 7 to 10 upgrade path, and an 8.x to 10 upgrade path, for those suffering in 8.x purgatory. 10 is the first version with both a real start menu and Metro apps in resizable Windows, and works across all platforms. Thank you new Microsoft CEO. Steve Balmer with Bill Gates did a great job for many years, but Steve went senile when he abandoned Windows Mobile (compact version of XP) for Windows Phone 7. Windows 10 brings us back to one app across all platforms. Perhaps people will stand in line to get the latest Windows again instead of running from it with Microsoft chasing them with a club. (Metro/Zune Game Console apps, are not modern apps. A modern app can cut, copy, paste, resize, tile, and support inter-app communication. Apps that cannot are 1980's technology.)

  • I followed your instructions and restarted my PC, now my monitor is telling me that the frequency is out of range. Not only that but after it has displayed that for a few seconds it reboots and cycles through that seemingly indefinitely. Ironically this is the exact reason I didn't want to install 8.1.

    I need help!

  • VG

    ^^ The method has nothing to do with your problem. Double-check cable connections in your monitor. You can also try to repair Windows using setup disc.



    I didn't have any of the two installed on my PC. The thing was like this: My Win updated to 8.1 (of course I didn't want it) and then I found this page. I looked for these two updates KB2871389
    KB3008273 in my control panel and they weren't there, so I could not uninstall or hide them and the system was 8.1! How come?
    Now I returned to 8 and still don't have these two in my control panel. I don't understand why my system was updated if I didn't have the two updates on my system. Can anyone help?


    I have tried all that you have recommended to stop the windows 8.1 update, but all has failed! My computer is possessed! The window's update request is now no longer a request. It gives me a count down of hours. The only way to continue with my work is to shut down my computer and then start up again. I'm about to give up. HELP!


  • I was facing the update in 1,2 or 4 hours with no option to defer the upgrade (which Id been doing for a long time) so found this page as didn't want 8.1, found and uninstalled the updates mentioned above - then restarted PC - was then forced to endure the very long update process to 8.1 regardless.
    My main concern was things werent going to work, however they seem to have changed the part that deleted the photo app, so thats not gone. And aside from "limited connection" -no idea what this means - things seems to be working ok - we'll see.

  • Hi & thanks for this tip. I knew there were 2 (KB2871389 & KB3008273 ) updates that were available that auto updated Windows 8 to 8.1 ( Constantly searching forums & the web ) but needed a bit more clarification, anyway have followed your suggestions and uninstalled the 2 KB updates directly from "Programmes" panel and my computer has reconfigured itself and it still is Windows 8, I followed your advice and have checked for updates and only 1 KB update showed and this was the KB3008273. don't know where the first update KB2871389 is it hasn't shown up while I did a "Check for updates" so I can only hope it never will. It is annoying that a large company like Microsoft can allow this updating behaviour to happen. I have had it happen to myself and had to pull the plug "So to speak" and restart my computer where it rolled back to Windows 8 then had to do fresh install of programmes etc. 'There should be no auto updating, this should always be the owners choice not Microsofts choice'. I have had to learn quickly and have now prepared an external hard drive to use for a 'System Image' as if anything goes wrong in Windows 8.1 your Windows 8 product key will not work on the Windows 8.1 update as it is in effect a new operating system and windows will charge you for a new key even though the 'Update' is free. "So please be aware of this problem" and may I suggest that those who can and know how to do a 'System Image' please do so, It is a shameful indictment that this can happen to all who own a Laptop/PC and shameful that the vast majority who have no idea how to do this recourse of action have to suffer the consequences of the Windows 8.1 update.

  • I wish I knew this before as the computer shop I took my laptop to said that it was impossible to prevent the upload so he downloaded my laptop to windows 7, which is now not working out so great for me at the moment. Is it better to keep the windows 7 or go back to 8?

  • VG

    ^^ It depends upon your requirements. If you find Windows 8 more comfortable and easy to use, you should install Windows 8/8.1. Personally I'm using Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 without any problems.

  • thank you beyond words for this post, it was succinct and worked. I have one follow up question, I've gone thru the available (and recommended) updates, the 1389 & 8273 are not on the list but the updates shown are listed as 8.1 updates and mostly appear to be security related. should I install or not. thanks again

  • FYI - reason for no 8.1 is that autocadd will not interface with 8.1, learned that the hard way once already. my panic today was that I got the 4 hour window of death install notice. again thanks for the easy to follow instructions that saved the day.

  • Thank you, but I did exactly what you wrote, even making sure there were no updates for KB2871389 and KB3008273 when I restarted my computer and within 30 minutes, it came back! the only way I can stop it from updating is to do a shutdown with the power button and then reboot, but I can only use my computer for a half hour at a time. I will upgrade, but I HATE Microsoft more and more!

  • Followed instructions to the 'T' and just had 8.1 auto installed.

    I'm not sure about the experiences of those who have nothing against 8.1 but as someone whose laptop has nothing but errors when 8.1 is installed, I'm stunned at how stupid it is to have no choice in an upgrade being installed that seems to actually damage my property.

    If a plumber came to my house to offer a service and smashed up my car I'd expect him to pay for it - the fact that Microsoft can come into my house and f*** up my laptop with no consequence annoys me.

  • I can't seem to find the file mentioned above on the installed updates but the Windows keep asking me on when I want to install and upgrade to Windows 8.1. All I can do is choose Remind Me Later option.

  • Same position as Garryd, i did everything as instructed and all it did was take over my comp for 2 hours and when i got back it was in 8.1. Thanks for doing the opposite of what I wanted.

  • Thank you SO much for this easy "stalling technique" for the pesky WIndows 8.1

    The fact that this monstrosity is "automatic" is incredible. I had it removed by Windows technicians from my large desktop after I had a hissy fit. But now my smaller laptop just informed me that an "auto,matic" update was in progress. My option was to permit it immediately or in 1 or 2 or 4 hours. I tried to switch off the computer and abort it. No dice.

    So I opted for the 4 hour leeway and started to roam the Internet for a solution. You provided it .... and after fiddling around with the horrible WIndows menu ( another disaster) I finally located my Program files and uninstalled as you indicated.

    Thanks so much for a great tip ....

  • The WIN 8 got upgraded to WIN 8.1 without my permission. Somewhere, during forced installation of 8.1 it was mentioned that I can revert back to WIN 8 later. But, still I am struggling to find solution for reverting back to WIN 8 but no luck. I am using Customised Desk Top which has no pre-installed WIN 8 but I purchased licensed version of WIN 8 and got it installed. I don't like WIN 8.1 because it is troubling me a lot. If something goes wrong, I have no choice but to re-install WIN 8after formatting the computer. In this process I had lost very important files. I have noted down how to stop automatic up-gradation to WIN 8.1 from WIN 8. But, could someone help me to give me a solution to revert back to Win 8??

  • I read, then clicked through from the previous tut that did not have the word "forced" in it. Thanks very much for this info. This is ridiculous. After 28 years with just using a free anti-virus, Mozilla and all non MS apps - free to boot, except Yozosoft Office which now costs in the tens of dollars, I kid you not - I made my first dinkum official back up on an external hard drive. And oh yes, I did MS updates religiously. All in the name of the abysmal fear of the VIRUS! Just as well I did. The forced update first gave a few time warnings then bang! no recourse.

    Now that IS dictating. Many another free app was cut off at the knees for this behaviour. It's my laptop, I decide and I want to know what it does. It begs the question; why is it free all of a sudden? In the 1980's - 90's we paid through the nose for updates coupled to nightmarish up/downward compatibility issues and whatnot. This is where viruses were born - animosity to Gates. Win 10 the same. Is this company hiding something?

    Anyway, it went ahead and then got stuck at 40% while adding "just a few more things". Twice. Four and six hours respectively in the unending loop. The only remedy was to reboot and recover with Lenovo One Key Recovery (it is two years old). Now the files are on the external disc but will not be seen by the auto restore. That was a week ago. Set the LT to no updates ever and this morning it is there again. I was reluctant to restore for just this reason. Restoring 87.6 GB of business files is no mean feat, never mind games.

    I used Windows because as a Handyman there was very little time to invest in Linux. Things do; however; change for the better. I now have the time and with this very good kick in the pants I will definitely change over to LInux. Granted, it is not entirely free of viruses and security issues, but I'm sure my time will be better spent in dealing with things that have a definite and working outcome.

    To those of you who asked; "why not update"?, this. Have you ever calculated the man-hours lost, the frustration and the cost of disasters caused by this "Management of Microsoft Windows"? And I am not talking about single domestic users only. What was the cost of this to business companies the world over?

    Why would normally reasonable people literally go ape, whatsoever, with frustration at this if it really is the pinnacle of computerdom?

    VG, Thank you kindly. Thank you very much, I will now be able to get my files back, if however slowly and not worry about forced updates! Now for LPI, just for the heck of it. See you on the other side, guys! Cheers.

  • OK so the damn thing up graded to 8.1. How do you get a product key to activate it?

  • Hi here is how to fix an upgrade from windows 8 to 8.1 going wrong. while you pc or laptop is on. to do this you need a repair disk or the original disk. place the disk on you dvd drive while is on. then unplug the cable from the wall outlet then remove the battery then press the on button for 15 seconds. wait for about 10 minutes then plug your computer cable back on the wall outlet. without the battery. turn your pc /laptop on when prompt press any key. if the disk on your pc is the original disk like say windows 8 you can go back to windows 8 just follow the instructions.... to do the upgrade the right remove things like security fixtures. now pc/laptops comes with things like.. protect tolls securyity manager. you need to remover them all. on my hp laotp i remove this items... the main thing to remove is the. HP PROTECT TOOLS SECURITY MANAGER. yours may be deferent.. to remove. HP PROTECT TOOLS SECURITY MANAGER. first remove this items. HP PROTECT TOOLS DEVICE ACCESS MANAGER.... FACE RECOGNITION FOR HP PROTECT TOOLS... THEFT RECOVERY... an disable your antivirus software. then you're ready to upgrade... thanks

  • A couple of years ago, I tried to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 on my fairly-new Lenovo laptop. It crashed my computer, and I lost all of my files and programs. Lenovo technicians finally reworked my computer free of charge and warned me that my Lenovo was not compatible with Windows 8.1. Windows has been trying to force the upgrade since then. Today, I had the 1 to 4 hour message on my screen. Panic. I hit the 4 hr delay and found this site. I shut down the automatic update. The two files appeared to be uninstalled. I shut down the computer and held my breath. The screen went blue, then black, and after about a tenuous 45 minute wait, my computer was back with a brilliant new Windows 8.1, a new start up screen, and access to all my files. The only thing I had to do was reinstall my AVG antivirus, and I was back in business. Lenovo and Windows must have worked out the kinks. Even though I didn't get back to Windows 8, I am very pleased with the outcome. I especially want to thank you for your advice about moving up to 8.1. If it's the wave of the future, I want to ride it. Thank You!

  • I just did this and i was able to hid the first update, but it looks like the KB3008273 was already installed yesterday. Is this going to prompt it to update to 8.1? I uninstalled it, and i couldn't find it to hide it in the last step in the updates. Did i do something wrong?

  • VG

    ^^ If it re-appears in available updated list, just hide it.

  • tried 8.1, devil of a job trying to get printer to work plus other issues, ended up with a full pc reboot to get rid and back to 8, gypsies warning came on screen of auto install 8.1, thanks for info to stop it in time and get rid of auto update install. ps, updates were a long way down the list.

  • My HP Pavillion has a serious flaw. It works with Windows 7 and Windows 8, but if I attempt to install Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 Preview, it goes into an endless reboot cycle, until it finally gives up and asks if I want to repair Windows - which doesn't work.

    Does anyone know what is causing the endless reboots? Is this an issue with older HP computers?

  • All the information and experiences of users dealing with with the tyrannical forced 8.1 o/s update was incredibly helpful in avoiding the issues with upgrading to a buggy o/s, which I made the mistake of doing on my Pavilion. Thank you so much for this forum. I had to wipe my drive and reload v. 8. Wish I'd of read this forum before the download. Have since taken the above precautions and advice when updates are offered for v. 8 and so far so good. thanks again!

  • saw too late, a friend of mines computer was forced upgraded and every since has had problems.

  • any chance you will be doing a similar article for windows 10?

  • VG

    ^^ Yep. Lets wait for the final release and forced upgrade start.

  • after poking around I found that the update KB2871389 is not the update required to upgrade to windows 8, it's actually KB2885699
    this may be part of why this fix didn't help a lot of people.

  • I tried the steps mentioned above but after restarting, I was surprised to see that it updated to Windows 8.1 :( Now, I encountering issues with my mouse as it frequently lags (i.e. while typing this, the mouse kept on lagging and the cursor disappears so I need to click on this box again to start typing again.) I need your help in resolving this issue please.
    Thank you in advance.

  • I let Microsoft "upgrade" me to Win 8.1 last yea - and thereafter, my keyboard produced random letters unless I held down the shift key. Microsoft help was helpless and hopeless. It took ages to get it back to Win 8.0, and I lost all my programs!! (All free off the net, but such a pain downloading them all again).

    My computer is a Lenovo desktop Essential H520s Slim Desktop PC and the forced update to 8.1 sneaked in there, even though I try to check updates before allowing installation.

    Followed your instructions - let's hope it is fixed.

  • I followed these instructions and the update to Windows 8.1 proceeded upon restart anyways. I just want anyone who is reading this to know that it did not work as described. I uninstalled both updates and upon uninstalling the second one it said a restart was required, so I restarted and then here comes 8.1. I DO want 8.1 but I wanted to do a backup first. Now I can't. Hopefully it will work out ok.....

  • Thank you for this information! I received the dreaded "update in 4-hours" thing and scrambled to find a way to stop it. I found this page, read through it and the comments as well. Thank you everyone. I was especially concerned by people saying they followed the instructions to a tee and still got updated to 8.1. I did the following: I also uninstalled KB2885699 as per a commenter above after looking at the link and the purpose of that update. IN addition, right before I restarted, I double checked that each of them had been in fact unistalled. Lo and behold, one of the three that I uninstalled was somehow still installed. So I uninstalled it again. I wonder if this may have been the problem with some other folks. So my one piece of advice is to double, triple check that they have been uninstalled before restarting. I sat here for two hours while my pc went through various machinations. It reconfigured to previous version, then I got a "failure to configure windows updates, reverting changes," message that cycled about three different times and I started to think I was stuck in a loop. Just as I was about to give up, I got a message saying that the 8.1. update failed and I had 8. I tentatively logged on a Voila! And YAY! Not happy about a work day spent this way, but still happy. Thank you. Hope this helps someone.

  • Hi i was wondering if there was something simalure to this to stop windows 8.1 from force updating to windows 10. I recently upgraded to it with the auto update and then back tracked and now i can't receive any updates because it keeps trying to force upgrade to windows 10 now.

  • I would like to go back to Windows 7. I am so annoyed that Microsoft keeps updating Window versions and forces us to use them whenever we buy a new computer. Do they ever consider that it may be difficult for older folks to learn these new systems? Do they even care? They should care, because older folks have the resources to buy new computers, and we don't want to keep changing operating systems, so we don't buy them.

  • this forest 8.1 on my PC when i removed KB2871389 ,KB3008273 F bill gates i am going to get an apple

  • LIFE SAVER. THANK YOU SO FLIPPING MUCH. this was so annoying.

  • Too late for me. Even though I deleted those updates MIcrosoft forced the win 8.1 and now I can't go back as I did not have an updated restore system :(

  • I changed my settings to tell me availability and I will choose. But when I went into Installed Updates, these two are not listed. Now what do I do? My system says it is 8.1 needing these updates. I thought I had uninstalled it but it is still there Now what? Thanks for any help you can offer.

  • This windows 8.1 banner is disgusting. I made the big mistake of buying a pc with windows 8. What a joke. I've tried following the instructions to get rid of the banner but does not work. U have to come up with something better. Just go into u'r system and stop these banners from poping up. It's an insult.

  • Hi I have a request I m not able to close the notice of " finish updating to windows 8.1" on the screen . I m not able to open the any buttons on the screen. Could you help me how to delete this notification window & stop the notifications. Thank you & looking forward.
    I greatly appreciate you for your suggestion in this regard.
    Thank you again.

  • does not work . Althgough u disinstall the above kb2871389 it will be reinstalled once you restart your pc . why do they force you to install 8.1. i installed it and went back to windows 8 . windows 8.1 is not worth .

  • Hi, I tried the upgrade to Windows 8.1
    Cause, I was incorrectly told by the saleswoman who sold me on my Toshiba Touch-Screen that I should use the 8.1 for the extra power and features.
    Unfortunately, the upgrade rendered my Touch-Screen in-operable ...
    I went though hell trying to revert back from the 8.1 O.S.
    But finally got back and since then my Computer has run excellently.
    I love Toshiba, but my 31 yr. old Daughter tells me if I want perfection I should go to Dell and use the Apple system, but at age 59, I'm a little reluctant to changes, if there is one thing I've learned, in this tech age is they cause problems, ....
    One more thing, you would think that Toshiba and Windows OS could have offset this problem, before putting this Touch-Screen model on the Market.

  • I do not have the two mentioned updates in my list. Recently on 12.18.15 my computer announced I had updates to install in 15 minutes. They changed my settings from simply telling me about updates to automatically doing them. I am still Win 8 and I keep killing with zone alarm "modern setup host" which is downloading these things.
    I am not overly fond of 8 but use it exclusively from the desktop and disabled annoying features and have a nice proper start button so it works like a computer, not an annoyance. I may wind up leaving it offline if there is no other way to stop it. My XP works fine online.
    I have a question, is it legal to hack into my computer and force what I do not want into it. I find it hard to believe that is in the EULA.
    Merry Christmas to all. Ron

  • I should also point out, On the day of the forced downloads, Dec 18, They were quiet numerous, over 50 and they will not uninstall even when I try it does not happen. I had no trouble without the updates and defend my computer well. On the Dec 15th one came in and installed without my knowledge at all and it was KB3069114. Prior to this 12 without my knowledge consent and contrary to setting were installed on Nov 09. Prior to this one only was installed on Oct 30th. Not sure what they are or were. Two more are waiting as "important" and not yet received as far as I know but may be in the computer in whole or part. KB3042058 7.1MB and KB3038936 5.8MB
    Seems more and more people are attempting to control what we do and want to know what it is we are doing.

  • Thank you a lot. I dont want to upgrade to windows 8.1 because it gives me issues with the fan and t=with the screen brightness. If you know a way to fix those issues i would be glad to hear them and then i will install windows 8.1

  • When 8.1 starts to install, just turn off your pc and that will prevent it from installing. When you start back up, it will revert back to 8.0. I've done it twice.

  • Thanks a lot. It worked for me. My advice is 'check if your laptop manufacturer supports the Windows update before installing it and this info is usually available on web or from support'. In my case after upgrading to Windows 10 my laptop performance became poor and Dell told me that my Dell 14Z Ultrabook is not tested for Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 so I should roll back to Windows 8.

  • Woke up in the morning to see that Windows was forcing me to update to Windows 8.1. I've already ran into so many problems with Windows 8 and read a bit about Windows 8.1., and there were many people who had problems with 8.1 as well. Windows 8.1, however, was said to be more advanced and safer and whatever other things they promised. I tried going through these steps since it said I HAVE to update in 4 hours. Did so, and said that I had to update. Sadly, this did not work for me. I restarted my desktop and it was already configuring the update. Now, I'm just hoping I won't run into twice as many problems as I have in Windows 8. Crossing my fingers now.

  • sir i have also same problem
    after uninstalled when i restart my computer it will reinstalled,what should i do then

  • VG

    ^^ As mentioned in following article, set Windows Update settings to manual:

  • I uninstalled the updates as suggested and restated and after 10 minutes I have 8.1. Bummer. I am not sure why we need to be forced to update to what we do not want or need. We are treated like Sheep or cows to the slaughter.

    So, I have a restore point, and was wondering if I use it will it go back to where it was? However, If it does, it seems once I shut down again it will happen again.

    The other option is to reset to the factory install, keep an eye on the updates.

    If someone as a solution that would be great.

  • This is really annoying that Microsoft force an OS upgrade without user consent. In the past I upgraded to 8.1 and I got several Blue Screens plus my laptop won't sleep anymore. So, I stick with 8 Pro and get rid of this Banner and message to upgrade. Microsoft: if ain't broke don't fix it!

  • I bought this windows 8 computer, an HP Envy, in early 2014. It soon updated to 8.1 without a problem. In early May of 2016 it forced an upgrade to Windows 10. Somewhere during the upgrade, my computer completely lost access to ANY operating system. The self-repair files that stay on the hard drive did not even work. So I used my refresh disks to totally refresh Windows 8, and my what a great feeling that was! (I backup so I didn't lose any data). I expected an eventual force upgrade to 8.1 so I waited. In the meantime I installed a small program to prevent a Windows 10 update. Well today July 12th was the day and the computer forced the upgrade to 8.1. But after HOURS I got a message that it didn't work and was reverting back to 8. I found your instructions after the reversion and followed them however while uninstalling updates KB2871389 and KB3008273, and restarting as instructed, it appeared to go into another loop of installing 8.1 and reverting back to 8. So I will hope the option to turn off the updates will work. It appears as if my computer will NEVER make it from 8 to 8.1 without reverting. BTW I could never find the "Select updates to install" where I could've had the option to "Hide Update." Best wishes, I will save this instructional page for the future.

  • I have had Win 8.1 from the time I bought my Dell laptop Inspirion 14, 7000. No problems whatsoever now for 3 years. Then I made the mistake of letting MS automatically download and install every poorly or unexplained update they arbitrarily decide to accost my system. I started having all kinds of problems from it auto going to airplane mode losing capability to select WIFI, to sending my system to sleep after 5 minutes, to the space bar no longer working, etc. etc. I got so fed up, I went into see the list of updates they deemed important or optional and uninstalled every single one that was not a security update. All of these updates came August 21, 2016 and right after that my system went weird. Now my system is working perfectly again. It sill won't let me install a graphics upgrade and displays an error (80070103) , but I gave up on that one. I think some of those "recommended" updates are not necessary and cause all these ridiculous annoying problems people seem to suddenly have with their systems.

  • I have had Win 8.1 from the time I bought my Dell laptop Inspirion 14, 7000. No problems whatsoever now for 3 years. Then I made the mistake of letting MS automatically download and install every poorly or unexplained update they arbitrarily decide to accost my system. I started having all kinds of problems from it auto going to airplane mode losing capability to select WIFI, to sending my system to sleep after 5 minutes, to the space bar no longer working, etc. etc. I got so fed up, I went into see the list of updates they deemed important or optional and uninstalled every single one that was not a security update. All of these updates came August 21, 2016 and right after that my system went weird. Now my system is working perfectly again. It sill won't let me install a graphics upgrade and displays an error (80070103) , but when I click on the error #, I go to MS and get absolutely no solution, but several guessed at fixes that make problems worse-nothing specific from MS. I find their updates extremely intrusive and I think some are for Win10 that are not compatible with my 8.1. I have come to distrust their updates not security related and even some of those worry me.

  • Additional comment to Kate: I decide what to have installed, so I can deselect (of course MS has them all automatically selected) anything not security related. I had to do that in previous Windows versions that also messed up my system outn a regular basis if if let them automatically install.

  • Hi,
    Id like to know how i can do that on windows PHONE.... i am using windows phone 8 on nokia Lumia 1320....although 8.1 in phone is better than 8...but still id like to stick with 8....but the phone regularly asks for update and has downloaded the update ready to be installed... i want to stop that... i wanna make this phone like there exists no should stop updates dowload and never ask again .....can i do that...pls let me know..

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