Microsoft is forcing the installation of a new application on Windows 10 PCs using Windows Update

Disguised as an update called KB5005463, a new application is installed on Windows 10 PCs without Microsoft asking for user consent.

Called PC Health Check, the app would arouse suspicion for anyone who has encountered malware installed on their PC in the past following visits to dubious sites. Fortunately, the purpose of the application placed by Microsoft itself on the PCs of Windows 10 users is rather harmless. Concrete, its purpose is to analyze the hardware specifications of the device to determine if it is compatible with Windows 11.

PC Health Check

If your PC meets all the criteria for upgrading to Windows 11, the application will trigger a notification message proposing the installation of the new OS.

PC Health Check

Those who have already decided to stay with Windows 10 for a while can uninstall the PC Health Check application by visiting the Settings menu, but they do it in vain. Unfortunately, Microsoft does not abandon the old habits by reinstalling the KB5005463 update the next time Windows Updates is released. Thus, the PC Health Check application will be able to annoy you again with suggestions for upgrading to Windows 11.

However, those who are willing to go all the way with blocking the automatic reinstallation of the PC Health Check application can block it by adding a new entry in the Windows Registry:

  • Use the key combination Win + R to access the dialog Run Application. typing regedit and press the Enter key.
  • From the tree menu displayed on the left of the screen, navigate to the address HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftPCHC and edit the recording PreviousUninstall, setting the value 1

After making this setting, Windows Update will ignore the KB5005463 update and stop installing the troublesome application.

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