A few days ago I installed Windows Insider (on my Lumia 521) and chose the Fast Track. So now I have a phone update that's ready to download. (I've unchecked "Automatically download updates if my data settings allow it".)

But I don't want to download and install the update. I used Windows Insider intending to get Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 (following the instructions here), but it looks like the update will be Windows 10. I don't want to install Windows 10, because it's supposed to be slow as molasses. I've since uninstalled Windows Insider.

I'm periodically getting notifications that an update is available. How do I disable these notifications (or the update that's ready to download)? I don't see an option for disabling the update notifications in notifications+actions.

  • There was an update pushed out to Windows Phones "recently", so it is possible that is the update you're seeing
    – Rowland Shaw
    Jun 25, 2015 at 12:48

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This is a rather nuclear option, but presumably you could:

  1. back up your phone (Settings > Backup > Apps+Settings, press Back up now)
  2. install the update
  3. downgrade with Windows Phone Recovery Tool
  4. restore from your backup
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    Not sure you would need to install the update - you should be able to just run the Windows Phone Recovery Toolkit without installing Windows 10 fist, right? Still nuclear, bit a bit less ;-)
    – Thomas
    Jun 24, 2015 at 22:03
  • Put that way, I could probably just do a plain factory reset and restore.
    – mic
    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:03

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