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Tips on upgrading to Windows 10

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The Windows 10 system update consumes a large amount of data. Here is some information to help you better understand the update, as well as instructions on how to disable update notifications and avoid the update altogether if you wish. 


The program to upgrade your PC's operating system to Windows 10 began in mid-2015. If you haven't done it yet, keep in mind the initial Windows 10 download consumes about 3GB of your monthly data allowance. If you have our Freedom plan, that's probably not cause for concern. But if you have one of our other plans, you need to take into account the data impact this upgrade will entail.

There is a way to control how and when this update takes place in Windows 7 or 8.1; you can read about it on Microsoft's page here. And here's a general FAQ about metered connections on Windows. If you have a Viasat plan with a Free Zone, you may be able to schedule the download for during these times.

The Windows 10 update is recommended by Microsoft, but optional for Windows users unless you are currently using the Windows 10 beta (beta users will be automatically be updated). This update is available for free for a limited period of time.

With Windows 10, Microsoft reintroduces the start menu, and adds a bunch of cool features such as Cortana, a voice controlled desktop assistant. With the update, Microsoft Edge replaces Internet Explorer as Window’s default web browser. This new browser is highly interactive and PDF compatible; it allows you to take notes, create reading lists, draw on your browser, and share pages and comments with friends. Microsoft also advertises improved multitasking and an easily customizable interface with Windows 10. 

If you currently have Windows on your PC, you have probably noticed Windows 10 advertisements and update reminders.  This is because of an update on your computer labeled KB3035583. If you decide that the Windows 10 system update is not for you, here's how to remove the update reminders:

On Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers

  1. Press the Windows start key
  2. Go to the Control Panel 
  3. From here, click on Programs
  4. Then click on Programs and Features
  5. In the left corner you should see the words View Installed Updates. Click here.
  6. On this page you can either:
    • Manually look for the update labeled “Update for Microsoft Windows KB3035583” 
    • Or, in the search bar above the list of installed updates,  type KB3035583 
  7. Select the update titled Update for Microsoft Windows KB3035583 from the list and double-click your selection
  8. Your computer will ask if you are sure you want to uninstall this update.  Select Yes
  9. Restart your computer to complete this process *
*It is important to hide this update in the future, so that it doesn’t reinstall with your next set of updates. When you receive future Windows updates, you will need to right click the KB3035583 update file and select “Hide this Update” to prevent it from installing again. 

Additional info: Microsoft article on how to temporarily prevent a driver update from installing.

 

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