Some new third party tool or Windows Update patch is altering the registry security settings on some peoples' computers in a way that prevents GWX Control Panel from writing the registry settings that protect you from Windows 10.
: This is happening because some unknown tool or service is changing the default registry security settings on some computers, but I have not yet figured out who the culprit is.
You'll see something like this: In the above example, GWX Control Panel discovered that the Disable OSUpgrade registry setting was missing.
You might see different values there, depending on the state of your PC.
GWX Control Panel looks for two different potential locations for downloaded Windows 10 files on your system drive.
One folder is named $Windows.~BT and the other is $Windows.~WS.
It is possible for the GWX app to be running but not actually displaying its icon.The weird thing is I've encountered scripts and tools in the past that did similar things, and the latest version of GWX Control Panel (184.108.40.206 at this writing) even has code explicitly meant to work around these problems, but in the past two weeks something new has been happening on some folks' PCs that GWX Control Panel is not yet able to combat. ) : While I work to figure out who is causing these problems and how GWX Control Panel can detect and fix it, there is a workaround that seems successful for the handful of people who've experienced the problem: The overwhelming majority of GWX Control Panel users do not experience this problem (and I'm not able to reproduce it here yet, since I don't know what's causing the permissions to change), but I'm planning to address the issue in the next update.Check the downloads page to see if there's a new version available.How to fix it: To put your system back to "No" state, click the Prevent Automatic Windows 10 Upgrades button.Consider adjusting your Windows Update settings and/or using the Delete Windows 10 Programs feature of GWX Control Panel if you'd like to stop Windows from altering these settings while you're not looking. Chances are the "Delete Windows 10 Programs" feature will stop this behavior.