Stop Automatic Forced Upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8

Even though Windows 8.1 is a better upgrade to the previous Windows 8; many users might not want to move to the upgrade just yet. Some people love automated updates, while some would prefer to have the update delivered to their PC but installed manually on their own. If the new features don’t seem lucrative to you, then you probably want to shut off the automated forced download feature. Because just ignoring the ‘upgrade available’ notification would not be enough anymore; many people have faced an automatic forced upgrade to Windows 8.1 where you suddenly find your computer running Windows 8.1 even after ignoring the Windows Update Available notification.

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Here, we have illustrated the process of actually ignoring this forced upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1.

Stop Forced Windows 8.1 Upgrade

Before we get into the process, you need to know that before the Windows 8.1 upgrade is done, the user won’t usually be notified that there’s an update coming. As a result, many computers might end up with malfunctioning behavior. For older machines up to date drivers might not be available and they could act unstable. There are still a bunch of software that runs on the Windows 7 at most, maybe via compatible mode in Windows 8 but Windows 8.1 barely works. People with these complications should keep the possibility of being forced upgraded to Windows 8.1 at a minimal level by doing the proceedings we mention.

In Windows Update, this specific Windows update pack is named KB3008273. Unfortunately, most users don’t read through the update details. The update is marked important hence it gets downloaded and installed. If you encounter any losses you can’t sue even Microsoft because basically it’s your fault. Microsoft has clearly listed about the auto upgrade in their update information page during Windows installation. Care to read the terms & agreement papers next time, maybe?

Stop the Automatic Forced Upgrade

Stopping the upgrade has to be done from Control Panel. The following procedures show how it is done –

  1. In Control Panel, change the icon view to Large Icons. This makes all the icons visible on a single page. Then, in the bottom part of the left sidebar on this very page, find out ‘Change Settings’ and click on it.
  2. From the options inside the drop down menu, select the one that lets the user to choose the update and to install.
  3. Save these changes.
  4. Find out the previously installed updates from your View Installed Updates menu under Programs and Features in Control Panel. Make sure the KB2871389 and KB3008273 upgrades have not been installed in your computer. Just in case they are, uninstall those using the right click option.
  5. Look for new updates in the Windows Update dialogue box, and find out the two we had been talking about. Right click on it and choose ‘Hide Update’. You won’t be reminded to download and install these two particular updates.
  6. And you are done with.


Similar procedure could be followed for any other unwanted updates. This is a standard drill for stopping updates that’s not necessary. However, blocking the updates has just stopped the risk of your computer being upgraded to the Windows 8.1.

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