How to Disable or Remove “Get Windows 10 Upgrade” App and Icon from Taskbar?

NOTE: If you are using Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 and don't want to upgrade to Windows 10, this tutorial will help you. It'll disable and remove Windows 10 upgrade program and will also prevent your computer from automatically upgrading to Windows 10.

In recent topic we told you about the new "Get Windows 10" app and its White Windows flag icon present in Taskbar notification area:

[FAQ] Get Windows 10 App and Reserve Your Free Upgrade Notification Icon

This new app has been released for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users via Windows Updates to help them in upgrading their computers to Windows 10 for free.

But there is one problem in this app! Even if you reserve your free Windows 10 upgrade using this app or cancel your upgrade reservation, the app always keeps running in background and its White Windows flag icon is always visible in system tray of Taskbar. You can't close the app permanently. It just hides the window and sits in system tray.

Get_Windows_10_Free_Upgrade_Icon.png

Although a small icon in Taskbar is not a major problem but sometimes people find it annoying to have an extra process running in background and consuming system resources for no good reason.

Also many people may not want to upgrade their computers to Windows 10, in that case this app will be unnecessary for them and removing the app will be the best option for them as it may download the huge Windows 10 setup files (around 3GB) in future.

So today in this tutorial, we'll tell you different ways to get rid of this Windows flag from Taskbar as well as completely remove "Get Windows 10" app from your system.

UPDATE: Microsoft has released an update to disable Windows 10 upgrade on Windows 7 computers. Check out following article for details:

Microsoft Offers a Way to Prevent Windows 10 Upgrade on Windows 7

Similar feature already exists in Windows 8 and 8.1:

How to Disable Automatic Upgrade to Latest Windows Version in Windows 8 and 8.1

Now without wasting time lets start the tutorial:

METHOD 1: Hide "Get Windows 10" Icon in Taskbar

This is the easiest way to get rid of the icon. You can right-click on the date/time in Taskbar system tray and select "Customize notification icons" option. It'll open a new window. Now look for GWX (Get Windows 10) entry in the list and change its value to "Hide icon and notifications" using the drop-down box.

Hide_GWX_Icon_Notifications.png

Apply the changes and it'll hide the White Windows flag icon in Taskbar notification area.

PS: If the options (drop-down boxes) to change behaviors are grayed out or disabled, then uncheck "Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar" checkbox and it'll allow you to customize icons behaviors.

METHOD 2: Kill "Get Windows 10 (GWX)" Process Using Task Manager

If you don't want to use the above mentioned method, you can kill the process related to "Get Windows 10" app and it'll automatically remove the icon from Taskbar.

1. Right-click on Taskbar and select Task Manager option. It'll open Task Manager. You can also directly launch Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys together.

2. Now go to Processes or Details tab and select GWX process and then click on "End Process" button. You can also right-click on GWX process and select "End Process" or "End Task" option. Or you can simply select GWX process and press Delete key.

Kill_GWX_Process_Task_Manager.png

It'll kill GWX process and will also remove its icon from Taskbar notification area. If the icon is still visible, just hover mouse cursor over it and it'll magically disappear.

METHOD 3: Disable "Get Windows 10" Using Registry Editor

If you follow above mentioned method, it'll remove the app and its icon temporarily. After some time or next logon, the app and its icon might come back. Following Registry tweaks will disable "Get Windows 10" app and its Taskbar icon permanently:

1. Type regedit in RUN or Start search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

3. Create a new key under Windows key and set its name as GWX

So the final key path would be:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\GWX

4. Now select GWX key and in right-side pane create a new DWORD DisableGWX and set its value to 1

Disable_GWX_App_Icon_Windows_Registry.png

5. Now go to following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

6. Create a new key under Windows key and set its name as WindowsUpdate

So the final key path would be:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

7. Now select WindowsUpdate key and in right-side pane create a new DWORD DisableOSUpgrade and set its value to 1

8. Again go to following key in Registry Editor:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade

9. In right-side pane, look for two DWORDs AllowOSUpgrade and ReservationsAllowed and change their values to 0

After applying all these tweaks, close Registry Editor and restart your computer to take effect.

It'll permanently disable "Get Windows 10" app and will also remove its icon from Taskbar.

In future, if you decide to re-enable the app and its icon, simply delete the DWORDs created in above steps.

PS: If you are not familiar with registry editing tasks, we are also providing ready-made registry script to do the task automatically for your convenience. Just download following ZIP file, extract it and then run the given .REG files to enable/disable GWX app and its icon:

Registry Script to Disable "Get Windows 10" App and Icon in Windows

METHOD 4: Delete "Get Windows 10" Task from Task Scheduler

If you don't want to modify Registry, you can delete "Get Windows 10" app's task from Task Scheduler as there is a task present in Task Scheduler which automatically starts the "Get Windows 10" app at predefined time or events.

So to permanently get rid of the app and icon, you'll need to delete its task from Task Scheduler using following steps:

1. Press Win+R keys together to launch RUN dialog box, then type taskschd.msc in RUN box and press Enter.

2. It'll open Task Scheduler program. Now go to:

Task Scheduler Library -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Setup

3. Under Setup key, you'll see 2 more sub-keys:

  • gwx
  • GWXTriggers

Both these keys contain various tasks related to "Get Windows 10" app which automatically launch the app at certain intervals.

GWX_Tasks_Task_Scheduler.png

4. To permanently remove "Get Windows 10" app, you'll need to either disable or delete tasks present under both of the above mentioned keys. To disable the tasks, you can right-click on the task and select Disable option.

You'll be able to disable all tasks present under "gwx" key but Windows will not allow you to disable tasks present under "GWXTriggers" key due to permissions issue.

Don't worry! You can delete all tasks present under both gwx and GWXTriggers keys using following steps:

4. a. Type tasks in RUN dialog box and press Enter. It'll show permissions related message, click on Continue button. It'll open C:\Windows\System32\Tasks folder which stores all tasks listed in Task Scheduler program.

4. b. Now go to Microsoft\Windows\Setup folder and delete both gwx and GWXTriggers folders present inside it. If you face any permission related issue, take ownership of the folders first as mentioned in this guide and then delete them.

GWX_Tasks_Folders.png

Now again open Task Scheduler and you'll see that "Task Scheduler Library -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Setup" is now empty. So no more "Get Windows 10" app and its icon in Taskbar.

METHOD 5: Delete the "Get Windows 10" app Files and Folder

Although after using the above mentioned method, you'll no longer see "Get Windows 10" app and its icon in Windows but if you are still worried about the app, you can delete its executable file and its folder to remove it completely from your computer:

The "Get Windows 10" app executable file is GWX.exe which is present in following 2 folders:

  • C:\Windows\System32\GWX
  • C:\Windows\SysWOW64\GWX (in 64-bit systems only)

GWX_Files_Folder.png

So first end task of GWX.exe using Method 2 and then delete the entire GWX folder in both locations.

If Windows shows any permission related message, you'll need to take ownership of the folder first with the help of this guide and then delete the folder.

PS: If you don't want to delete the folders, you can rename them to a different name. It'll also work.

METHOD 6: Uninstall Windows Update Responsible for "Get Windows 10" App

There is another alternative method to get rid of "Get Windows 10" app and its icon. You can uninstall the update which actually installed this app in your system. Once you uninstall the update, it'll automatically remove the "Get Windows 10" app from your computer.

The update is KB3035583 and you can uninstall it using the same steps as given in following similar article:

How to Stop Automatic Forced Upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1?

Uninstall_GWX_Update_KB3035583.png

After uninstalling the update, don't forget to hide it as mentioned in the Step 6 of above mentioned tutorial so that it doesn't install again in your computer.

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That's it. You can try any of the above mentioned methods to remove "Get Windows 10" app and its icon from Taskbar in Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

Also Check:

Windows 10 Automatic Upgrade on Your Computer Again

[Tip] Disable Telemetry and Data Collection on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1

[Fix] "Get Windows 10" Upgrade App Icon is Missing in Taskbar





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Comments

  • What Is The Problem If It's Run?

  • So after completing Method 6 (and the linked example steps to hide the update) can I turn "install updates automatically" back on or do I have to leave it set on "download updates but let me choose to install" for good?

  • I’m the SysAdmin at my office. Does anyone know if this icon and it’s offer will appear for Domain joined computers? I can’t have my users accepting an OS upgrade before we have had the chance to test and approve it. Can I just deny KB3035583 in WSUS and call it good or is there another better way to avoid this catastrophe?

  • Kevin, I can confirm on our customers and our internal PCs that any chain joined computer will not run this app. The update 3035583 will be installed, but the treaty icon and updater doesn't run. So I can confirm that domain joined computers will not upgrade. I'm upset that Microsoft didn't describe the update more and alert system administrators not to worry about.

  • You're awesome.

  • Windows 10 wil niet op mijn computer, de pc is alleen geschikt voor Windows XP Home en Windows 7 .
    Met vriendelijk groet,
    Hendrik Robben

  • @Jeet Chowdhury
    Only if you want small useless white icon that sit every time you pc boot and also eating your ram (small amount actually but still wasting).

  • Yeah... all suggestion it's ok but i have windows 7 and i don't want to disable the upgrade proposal but only leave this stupid icon from system tray..........

    How i can do ?

  • And if I want this update but I can't see it in Windows update (Windows 8.1 x64 FR) how do I get it ???

  • you forgot the biggest one. edit the registry and delete ALL references to "GWX". the name of that "tune" is "regedit.exe". uhh... be very careful though when traversing the registry file & hitting the big DELETE key (you may wanna back it up first).

  • Method one only works until reboot. Then it comes back until you do method one again.

  • thank you soo muchx u help

  • Can't get Method 1 to work on my Windows 7 computer because all the icon behavior drop-downs are greyed out.

  • Why do I mind Windows 10 messages spamming my computer?
    I don't want Microsoft being able to have full access to my computer and they think they can do with it what they want including installing Windows 10. Their update program is no different than a hacker taking over my PC.

  • Method would be the ideal choice. You may have to repeat it on a restart, but that shouldn't be common. The real benefit is that you can simply run GWX.exe as July 29th approaches and be ready for updating to Windows 10.

  • Sorry, that should say "Method 2"... and no edits!

  • If you register to be notified and then remove the icon, will you still have the update download automatically when it is released? I imagine, maybe if you just disable the reminders it might still download in the background. But if you remove the app entirely, it probably won't?

    What about changing the trigger to be one time on July 29th, so that you get the notification when it is actually being released?
    Which triggers should you change, or all of them? It's very tricky to know since there are so many!

  • ^_^ Thanks you for this information it help immensely <3

  • Hiding the icon doesn't work for long. It soon comes back by itself. I want to get the upgrade but I just want to remove the useless icon from my notification area...

  • Both method 4 and method 5 failed with a message: permission needed from me myself (the user who is logged in). I mean method described in http://www.askvg.com/guide-how-to-take-ownership-permission-of-a-file-or-folder-manually-in-windows/ didn't work out.

  • Thank you so much for all the effort of providing this information. You're awesome.
    I was able to get rid of it just by following step by step guide.

  • After deleting the folders from C:\Windows\System32\Tasks and confirming through Task Scheduler they were no longer present, I thought it did the trick, but this morning here it was again. GWX running and sitting in my tray and the "GWXTriggers" folder had been restored at C:\Windows\System32\Tasks. Any idea how to make this method permanent?

  • ^^ Also follow method 5 in combination with method 4.

  • I have Windows 7 and followed the above instructions successfully. For those even thinking of 'upgrading' from Windows 7 to Windows 10, DON'T DO IT. Do a fresh install, preferably on a new hard drive (they're cheap enough these days) and see how it works on your computer. You can always put your original hard drive in as a second one for more storage after you've gotten your data over to the new hard drive. Or even mount it in a USB case as an external backup drive. As for me, my main computer will remain on Windows 7 thank you Microsoft!

  • I noticed even after deleting the files mention above there are still 49 files and folders that pertain to this "update" including:
    an event log
    12 file folders
    3 winsxs\FileMaps
    9 manifest files
    3 GWX user Interface.dll
    15 GWX.exe files
    2 Config managers
    2 migration setup files .inf
    This thing is poised to take over my OS! Help!?

  • Thanks so much!!! Your instructions were perfect and allowed me to finally get rid of that process once and for all. It was massively slowing down my computer.

  • Very helpful information. Microsoft has a lot of nerve. If you disable notifications for the icon, they still come back after a while. What's up with that?

  • who wrote this ?
    i wish i could kiss this web page

    thank you

    typical microsoft
    sticking garbage in our faces that we never wanted

  • Sorry- here's the update # i should've included, the one you have to be careful NOT to install. I don't know how long you'll have to be on guard against it, but you know how persistent MS is when they want you to do something: KB3035583

  • Well fudge, The first part of my message seems to have gotten lost in the ozone: so here it is again.
    I managed to remove the W10 app fine. But the next day, after d/l'ing some Windows 7 updates, i found to my horror that this digital t*rd had reinstalled itself [was one of a dozen non-malware updates- Microsoft is so sneaky].
    Bottom line here: they won't take no for answer, will continue trying to annoy you into trying it. FIX: set updates to manual only, NOT "install all recommended updates automatically". You'll get a red X flag in your tray [Danger Will Robinson!] but ignore it, if you remember to install manually you'll be fine. [PS: you'll probably have go into services.msc >windows update > right click properties > disable, to stop that blasted TrustedInstaller from returning.]
    And if it gets in despite all that, root it out from Review Installed Updates list [KB3035583.

    It's a little like Van Helsing discussing the best methods of killing vampires isn't it!?

  • Hi Guys,
    I've just right clicked on KB3035583 but it does not give me the option to remove/delete it. Just view/copy details. Is there a permissions thing I have to do first to get the delete option?

  • Hi Guys,
    I've just right clicked on KB3035583 but it does not give me the option to remove/delete it. Just view/copy details. Is there a permissions thing I have to do first to get the delete option?

    Belay the last post. I was looking in the list where I select updates for installation not in:

    Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features\Installed Updates

    Incidentally if you view details it does not mention Windows 10

  • Go in to windows update: Locate (KB3035583). Right click and delete.

  • Oh and after that Microsoft actuall screwed me over by restore the same thing again as an important update. but after that it's gone for good

  • I Don't Want Windows 10 v2.0
    github.com/rn10950/I-Dont-Want-Windows-10/releases/tag/2.0

  • I can confirm that Method 4 will work and you can disable all tasks in the GWX and GWX Triggers folders by right clicking Task Scheduler and run as an administrator.

    Also re enabling those tasks puts the Icon back.

    It also stops Gwx.exe running saving a small amount of memory.

    By the way I had loads of aggro to get the Get Windows 10 Icon in the first place.
    I finally downloaded dropbox.com/s/0u0au9xgy6ss18p/win10fix_full.zip?dl=0
    Right click and Extracted the win10fix_full.zip file
    Right click and run win10fix_full.bat as an administrator and follow the instructions. In my case namely option 1 and 2.
    Bingo I have the Icon, My copy of windows 10 is reserved and I have received confirmation email from Microsoft.

    Hope this helps

  • Thanks for the instructions that even a "Luddite" could follow!

    I hate Windows 8 - why would I want Windows 10? Yes, I am one of those people who are annoyed by the little white window in my taskbar...

  • THANK YOU SO MUCH

  • you can not use DWORD in a 64bit system

  • Just rename the GWX folder to GWX-NO

  • I could just kiss you! THANK YOU!!!

  • I don't even know when the update installed but yes, it is annoying. It does use resources and how ever little, I did not ask for it. I didn't realise Microsoft could just throw any old advertising material in an update? I paid for the software, not ads! I just uninstalled the update. Problem solved. It will definitely impact any decision I make in regards to updates in the future. I almost feel like my Dell was raped.

  • The deal breaker for Windows 10 is lack of custom color options Windows 7 had awesome color schemes with Windows 10 you can have either a dark or light theme.

    People just like Windows 10 cause it's FREE

    I have a gaming PC and don't want some flimsy universal thing

    Some of my programs won't work in Win 10 which is why I'm keeping Windows 8.1 for a good few year until the Beta test that is Windows 10 is over with.

    Basically everyone is Beta tester for this version but guess what Windows has been around for decades...... only to be downgraded in functionally and ease of use.

  • Thanks very much for this information, although its not such a bad thing just having an icon on screen, its like you said its another task running and using system resources forced upon us by the high and mighty Microsoft :( annoys me as didn't even ask if I wanted to be nagged to upgrade from Win 7 and as I'm sure many will agree when I do want to upgrade my operating system I will look for it and not have it rammed down my throat. Once again very helpful tutorial and using the regedit solution was a breeze as the instruction provided are easy to follow. :D

  • How can I defend my computer against ever having Win10 imposed on it? Chances are that MS will sneak it in as an 'Update' to my Win7 one of these days, as they have the 'Get Win10' icon.

    Wouldn't it be nice if one of the options under thgis was 'Go away and don't bother me. If I ever want Win10 I'll ask for it.'

    David, wistfully

  • We are using Windows 7, 64-bit Home Premium.

    Method 1 does not work.

    The "Get Windows 10" icon reappears on the Taskbar after rebooting the computer...usually after a cold boot.

  • Very helpful advice, THANK YOU ! I used your method one and was able to hide the wretched icon.
    This will prevent unwary Volunteers from encouraging Windows 10 to 'invade' out space !

  • WUSA /Uninstall /KB:3035583 (METHOD 6) - the only right decision.
    All the rest - duct tape.

  • I've done all of the above but the nag remains when I goto Windows Update. How do I get rid of it there? (W8.1Pro)

  • This app running in the background is not a problem. It uses no resources from your PC when in the background. 0 Processing power. 0 RAM. It has no negative effects. It runs in the background so that it can notify you when you can install Windows 10. If you end it's process, you won't be notified.

  • Thanks a lot Miss Ann N Emous. I'm really grateful for people like you looking after us less than average users. A great public service. You were the first option on Google's search. It was really easy ans your directions were great.

  • Outstanding

  • While I am very grateful for this wonderful, WONDERFUL post explaining how to get rid of the damn thing, I (like a few others) noticed a few lurking files starting with GWX. Is it safe to just delete these to get rid of them and their potential threat? The thing is making me paranoid now...

  • VG

    ^^ You can safely delete GWX files if you dont want Windows 10 upgrade. Check Method 5.

  • Thank you, VG. My paranoia got the better of me and I missed that.

  • Anyone know how to uninstall Windows 10? Since upgrading from Windows 8.1 my Start Menu button doesn't work. When I click it, nothing happens. Also, when I type in the 'Search the web and Windows', nothing happens there either. I've seen other articles on how to uninstall Windows 10 which involves clicking Start, then Settings, Recovery and then 'Go back to an earlier build' - but this assumes that your Start Menu button works! Anyone know the command line for this?

  • @Brett> This website give 2 methods to rollback to previous version:

    - Logout (shutdown /l /f on command line)
    - Hold down the shift key on your keyboard while clicking the Power button on the screen
    - Continue to hold down the shift key while clicking Restart
    - Continue to hold down the shift key until the Advanced Recovery Options menu appears
    - Click Troubleshoot
    - Click Advanced options
    - Click Go back to the previous version of Windows
    ...

  • VG

    @Brett
    KkFalse is right. You can use Advanced startup screen method to restore previous Windows version as mentioned in following tutorial:

    http://www.askvg.com/how-to-restore-previous-windows-version-after-upgrading-to-windows-10/

  • These were some of the clearest PC related instructions I've ever seen on the internet!

    Method 4 worked like a champ.

    Kudos.

  • There were file remanence left over here:

    C:\Users\YOUR_USER_NAME\AppData\Local\GWX

  • I ill-advisedly told Windows to send me the update. After seeing details of how it would look and work, I decided I didn't want it. I tried to cancel, but Windows kept starting a download-and- install every time I turned the computer on (we shut down over night) and at seemingly random times during the day when people were trying to use the computer. It wouldn't accept my instructions to cancel the download unless I went into task manager and cancelled it that way *every single time*! So this "notification" that my Windows 10 is available for download is really a forced install by Windows.

    I've used every method above to get rid of this monster and I've got my fingers crossed that it will stay gone this time.

    Thanks for the step-by-step instructions as well as some of the comments above. I couldn't figure out how to uninstall the update (KB3035583) until someone commented that you need to go in through the 'control panel-programs-view installed updates' to uninstall. (If you just go to 'View windows updates' from the main menu it doesn't give the option of uninstalling -- just 'View details' or 'Copy details'.) I believe that you can't kill this beast without uninstalling that particular update.

  • A blessing on your house! Thank you for showing me how to easily remove that awfully annoying Microsoft message. --A.

  • Thank you - Thank you - thank you

  • I've killed GWX and deleted the update (KB3035583) quite a few times, and it keeps popping back up. So annoying.

    It's late, and I'll be following your instructions to permanently sort this tomorrow, when I am fresh.
    I really appreciate your clear instructions -step by step and in clear English and that you took all the time and trouble to make this very sought after solution. Thank you!

    I am book marking this page and your blog front page as well.
    You are a real blessing, sir!

  • Hi guys, i downloaded the registry script to permanently get rid of the windows icon. I only used the disable GWX. DO i also need to use the enable GWX???

  • Just my 2 cents. I've updated a home 2-in-1 from 8 to 10 and so far it's not so bad. However, For the person who posted that it doesn't prompt on domain joined computers, I have had it show up on 2 computers.

    I used the add/remove to remove the update 3035583, but you have to make sure that you go back into Windows Updates after the next reboot, and hide the update so it doesn't automatically re-install.

  • Method #2 worked just fine for me:
    a) started Task Bar Manager > Processes tab
    b) killed GWX via "kill process tree"
    c) went to GWX folder location in C:\Windows\System32\GWX
    d) deleted C:\Windows\System32\GWX folder using "Unlocker 1.9.2" freeware, downlodable from

    http://www.askvg.com/download-unlocker-file-unlocking-utility-for-windows/

  • I performed methods 3,4,5&6 which eliminated all traces of the Get Win 10 icon, GWX, etc.
    BUT when I now run Windows Update to install ordinary security updates, the program still displays the big "Downloading Windows 10" banner. Win 10 is not, in fact, being downloaded, the standard updates are being downloaded and installed but the incorrect banner is quite annoying and should be eliminated.
    Is there any fix for the remaining problem? This whole mess imposed on us by MSFT is most annoying.

  • After following all directions 1 to 5 go into control panel and right click KB3035583 ,choose uninstall and it goes right away without a whimper and no reboot. :)

  • The download file worked for me thanks. It did it in about 2sec THANK YOU,.,.,.,.,.

  • Thank you so much for all the effort of providing this information. I was able to get rid of it just by following this step by step guide. I did have to get UNLOCKER, which worked beautifully. I used method 5 and 6. GWX is gone! Thank you!!

  • Connie,
    I did uninstall KB3035583 but Windows Update still says Downloading Win 10 every time I install new ordinary updates. As I noted above, Win 10 is not actually being downloaded and the new updates are installed correctly but it is most annoying that the Downloading Win 10 banner keeps appearing.

  • Is there any way to get rid of this in windows update?

    YOUR UPGRADE TO WINDOWS 10 IS READY
    You need to restart your PC to begin the installation. This might take a while,
    but we'll let you know when it's done.
    Restart now

    Thanks,
    Greg

  • The GWX file (and the chance on getting the windows 10 update) is completely removed from my computer. Think method 5 idicates it.

    Am i still able to somehow retrieve the file or update and still instal the new version on my pc?

  • Thanks, this was fantastically helpful. these stupid updates are so intrusive, so happy to shut them up!

  • Thanks!

  • Thanks for the info!!

  • Thanks!!!

  • Beautiful, Thanks.

  • After reading all these entries, it seems to me there must be a smart lawyer here somewhere who can file a class action lawsuit against Microsoft and the entire Windows programming team for one Billion dollars on the part of persons who have been deleteriously affected. I think that might get their attention on the abomination they have released. Charges are on usefulness of the upgrade, lost time for users, systems people and fear generated against the upgrade. Microsoft must be forced to release workable software and hardware without using customers as a test bed to discover their failures. I could say more but I think this blog covers it pretty well. It appears that Microsoft needs to be restarted, starting with every executive.

  • Hi, most of your fantastic ideas on how to permanantly remove the win10 icon from the bottom task bar is utter useless, surely youve tried them your self?? when you go through the process yes the icon goes away but when turning the computer back on it reappears, maybe check your ideas first?

  • ^^ You are a mad person. The instructions are absolutely fine and helped me too. You need to learn how to follow instructions and how to thank someone first.

  • This is one of the most enlightening articles into the internals I have read. There were others helpful as well, but this one opened up the horizon as to various aspects of how the update sought to take control away from the user (as does Windows 10).

    The upgrade will preserve your existing registry, but may very well make changes that will not be updated in your old registry by updating drivers and removing files your old registry copy needs to install, uninstall, and maintain your old environment.

    If you choose to revert, keep that in mind. Oh, and BTW - it will absolutely foul up Task Manager's task list if you have Media Center (well, did it here). Files from Media Center were lost. To get back to where I had been (minus Media Center), I needed regedit, Task Manager, Task Scheduler, the usual Windows Explorer stuff, and Emco's MoveOnBoot. Since I had a DisplayLink display, I also had to have their cleanup tool and manually redeploy their drivers because 10 had installed new ones and zapped the old install folders/files referenced in the old Win 7 registry. Maybe this is what the somber warning is about.

    System Restore isn't enough. A backup isn't enough either unless you performed it before GWX and are willing to eat the loss because that's maybe a month or more. If you don't really want to sign on to Windows 10, it is more like a virus or malware than an upgrade.

    Good luck :)

  • Method 3 Registry Tweak 1 WORKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Please for your laptops sake, DO NOT INSTALL windows explorer 10!! It fried my hard drive to my laptop, but luckly I had a spare hard drive. First wex was okay at first, but then it started to bog down my laptop to the point it would no longer respond. I was even on the desk top and it still froze up. I ran it through digonostics and it said that the hard drive was dead and needed to be replaced.

  • Thanks for the step-by-step instructions how to uninstall the update (KB3035583). I new this method before, but forget the numbers. so it's work perfect. and i happy. thanks!

  • Thank you the first tip worked 100% for me - that icon was driving me nuts!!!

  • Now can I install some important updates? Whenever I try it still says install Windows 10? Then I quickly cancel out of it..

  • Thanks! I had made the mistake of trying ten, of course it does not work work anything that I use, the good news is, they are having so many complaints that they now let folks go back to 7, without a question asked after a 30 minute hold.
    Perhaps you folks could look into that process and publish it here as well, save folks that long hold waiting for microsoft to answer.
    Anyway, thanks.
    And, if microsoft is GIVING something away, it is definitely gonna be because they cannot sell it, because it is terrible.
    whoever you are, you are a hero.

  • I totally agree with Amy: definitely DO NOT INSTALL Windows 10 on most laptops.

    Luckily, my thermal sensor shut down my laptop when it started to overheat, before this horrible OS turned my computer into a brick.

    Microsoft (and others) blame it mostly on a bad graphics driver (duh, I thought proper drivers were supposedly downloaded from Windows Update during installation...); but my system runs just fine with Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu and their proper drivers. Even after installing the latest proper Windows 10 drivers directly from the vendors, my laptop still overheated and shut down upon the thermal event.

    Windows 10 is a terrible OS...

  • The registry tweak worked fine. I deleted the Folders containing GWX.
    Thank You very much!

  • just wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you. ever since this upgrade showed up, my computer has been slower than normal. have tried numerous attempts at deleting, but every time i start up, it is back. not anymore.

  • Thank you for such a magnificently written solution.

    Where is the donate to button????

  • I followed 3 registry tweaks and the "get windows 10" icon is still in my taskbar. The only thing that was different as I followed the directions was that I did not have "allowOSUpgrade" Under Tweak 3. Instead I had "Refresh" with a registry value of 1, which I changed to 0. Is there something else I can do to get rid of this thing. Thank you.

  • Thank you in more than one way. As a disabled vet that worked as a computer tec I was used to the main user being owner of all files and was free to change what I wanted. You taught me how to get rid of the Microsoft wanting to own me and get past the lock out, God loves you. I do enjoy win 10 on one computer,but the rest had too many conflicts.

  • Thanks a lot. Great work. This update reminder was really annoying.

  • Thank you! Very useful!

  • Thank you! Instructions worked great and were very clear!

  • This worked like a charm but it came back a couple months later.

  • Method 2 worked great for me. I am 69 and my knowledge of getting around computers is minimal. But the instructions were very easy to follow. Thank you.

  • How to remove the windows upgrade, reservation
    go to windows update via configuration, go to the optional updates of windows and do not select windows 10 update and everything is normal.

    cancel your reservation at any time prior to installing Windows 10. Here’s how:

    Right click on the Get Windows 10 App or Windows icon located in right end of the taskbar. Select “Check your upgrade status” Select “Cancel reservation”

    remove update KB3035583 to remove the icon, search for this update in the configuration

  • For years I've been a big Windows fan, prefering it over Mac OS,
    but this time Microsoft has crossed the line BIG TIME!
    The arrogance of pushing the update is beyond reason!
    MICROSOFT WE DON't WANT WIN 10!

    Dear people of the mighty US of A,
    how come no laywers have addressed this issue???

    remember the "Ineternet Explorer" lawsuit?
    Please use any means possible to stop them!

    Thank you very much!

    The world will be eternally gratefull!

  • Great article, removed the tasks, the directories and the installation. I am quite flabbergasted that a company like Microsoft is allowed to install malware.

  • Hello!

    We decided against installing Windows 10 on our laptop, but KB3035583 was already installed last month. We could no longer get updates for Windows 7, even after uninstalling KB3035583. However, your Method 3 finally removed the problem. These are excellent instructions on this website! By the way, I was only able to do Registry Tweak 1 and 2, because the keys specified in Tweak 3 were not present on our laptop, but those other two did the trick. Once 1 and 2 were done, Windows Update worked just fine.
    Thank you!

  • Thanks a bunch mate! Excellent guide.

  • Haven't tried the registry stuff, but uninstalling KB3035583 (and KB2952664, which some people also recommend deinstalling) does not remove the icon. With luck it'll remove the prompts to download Windows 10, which were becoming seriously annoying. We'll see.

  • I am running 64 bit and I followed all the instructions to a T noted above and it surely disabled windows 10 using DWORD... Thank you soooooo much for showing me how to disable it. Blowing kisses your way. :)

  • "FYI" I did NOT stop the GWX ... Stop notifications in the "Taskbar system tray" and select "Customize notification icons, as it would have stopped the windows update. I followed Steps 6 all the way to the end. Trust me... It WILL work for you.

  • Thank you Thank you Thank you! This is the first post I've come across (after lots of looking) that successfully answered how to remove this cursed thing! May the gods smile upon you! (And may those same gods send those evil MS overlords responsible for this cursed thing to Hades!)

  • So I'm reinstalling Windows on a laptop that someone accidentally (?) clicked the flag, in the systray, and "upgraded" to Windows 10. They lost all data so I decided to install from scratch. I'm in the process of running Windows Updates and I noticed that WU is offering KB3035583 as an important, and currently not-yet-installed, update...but...the "Upgrade to Windows 10 NOW!" flag is still showing in the systray. This leads me to believe...it's NOT KB3035583... Thoughts? I'll be Googling more now, but wanted to throw this out there.

  • Thank you, regedit 1 worked for my Win 7 - 64bit.

  • Hello ASKVG.com - I'm having quite the problem at locating the following registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade The: (WindowsUpdate/OSUpgrade) isn't found, instead I find this:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\InternetSettings.

    What am I missing? I know that I am being at the right place, but unfortunately there always seems to be issues with Windows, and it will most likely never end. Anyhow, I'd be very thankfully, if you could guide me to the right place, so that I finally can get rid of GWX. Thank you in advance, for taking the time to read this, and furthermore have a nice day/upcoming ones, as well as a merry Christmas & Happy New Year :)

  • VG

    ^^ You can try the ready-made registry script given under that section.

  • Probably the best most informative article on the net on how to remove annoying & buggy W10 intrusive spy ware crap .

  • Confusing post to be honest...

    Simply do this:
    1. Start menu -> type in "explorer.exe"
    2. Right click and "Run as administrator"
    3. Go to --> C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Microsoft\Windows\Setup
    4. Delete "gwx" and "GWXTriggers"

  • VG, my computer is full of enormous ready-made registry tweaks from askvg.com. You just click and everything is handled. And the best part is that you can disable and then re-enable the thing. P.S restart required after registry to hide icon.

  • 2015-12-28
    Method #6
    Uninstall Update for Microsoft Windows (KB 3025583)
    Then Follow Method # 1 to remove the pesky flag from your TaskBar.
    God bless you all in 2016.

  • 2015-12-28
    Blog update...
    I actually had to perform task # 6 three time in order to have the update removed.
    For some reason it would uninstall and then mysteriously reinstall itself upon reboot.
    At this moment the update and icon are removed.
    Time will tell if it stays gone. LOL.

  • GREAT job THANK YOU

  • Dude, I LOV YOU, I hate s**t forced on your computers, getting rid of windows 10 was so easy with your help, THANKS A MILLION for your instructional Site ! It was driving me crazy and kept flashing the windows 10 offer on my screen. I know people who have it and are having so much trouble they hate it ! Now they cant get rid of it. A computer wizard I know said DO NOT INSTALL IT NO MATTER WHAT ! Now YOU just saved me from a future forced install ! Blessings, Blessings brother!

    Regards
    Rob~
    Philippines ~

  • Please stop sending me this update message. I can't stop it from coming in and pestering me. I don't want the update. My computer is incompatible with it.
    Can you stop this? I am getting really upset with you guys.

  • I am in your debt for your valuable and free service!!!
    I have had the "pester" icon encouraging me to use the free upgrade to Windows 10 for many months now. I finally decided to consider installing the program just to get rid of the icon and so I took time today to fully investigate the effects of that installation.
    I had read that I could restore my system back to Windows 7 if I did not like the program providing I did that within 30 days. Then I read the nightmare story one unfortunate individual posted which informed everyone that problems he had after the installation did not show up until after 30 days, when it was too late to roll back to his prior version of Windows. At that time he lost icons, programs and even the use of the connection to his printer and scanner and could do nothing about it. After reading that I decided to remove the Windows 10 Install icon from my tool bar, but found that I could not. That is when I discovered your website and article on how to remove the icon which worked perfectly. But as I read on with what you had posted, I learned that Windows 10 was sitting silently in my computer as an "exe" which could install itself at some future time without my asking it to do so. Needless to say, I then went further in reading your article and was able to totally remove the program so it could not sneak up on me. But in doing that I also had to utilize your "How to take ownership (Permission) of a file or folder Manually in Windows." For a long time I suffered along without being able to remove certain files without administrator permission and your tips on how to give myself full permission over files I had been restricted from has now allowed me to feel like I truly own my computer, no longer being dependent upon the person who set my computer up for me.
    Actually that was my son and, while he is always physically available to me, his job is maintaining the computers at a major hospital. So I feel very uncomfortable imposing on him since he deals with computers all day long and does not need his father bothering him when he is hoping to be away from computers after work.
    Bottom line is that your tips, which were clear and VERY VERY easy to follow, have not only freed my computer of unwanted "garbage" and have not only freed my son from being pestered by me but have freed me from roadblocks I sometimes encountered in my computer concerning "permissions." Now I know how to remedy that.
    With gratitude,
    Robert D. Rentzer, Attorney At Law

  • What I don't understand is why Microsoft keeps bugging me to try Windows 10, while I have already done so and upgraded back to Windows 7 after a few days of horror. Yes, I have already tried, and NO, I do not want the hideous Win10 interface. It does not provide any benefits IMHO. Thanks for the KB number to uninstall. Hopefully this malware stays away.

  • I shouldn't have to go through all this to get this unwanted, intrusive c**p off my computer. This is BS.

  • Awesome - thanks! Using the taskbar task manager was simple and effective.

  • my recommendation for those who dont want to be bothered by the icon or the update constantly popping up is to leave it installed.
    To keep it from loading at windows startup (notification app and loading in memory), after killing GWX from taskmanager just go to the GWX folder and rename GWX.exe to something else. It wont come back after that

  • Setting your PC to manual updates will stop this. I'm on 7 still and haven't even seen this icon or any trace of GWX.

  • Thank you

  • If you choose the last method, it's also worth mentioning that you need to uninstall some other updates, besides 3035583:
    Win 7: KB 2952664, KB 3021917, KB 2990214
    Win 8: KB 2976978, KB 3044374

    These updates are part of the Win 10 upgrade. Hide them afterwards. You should also make the changes in regedit. This doesn't rule that method out.

  • Thank you. Used Method 4. :)

  • I've been having a slow-down problem in my desktop computer (Dell Hybrid 140G running Win7 Pro) since some time last year. I have tried everything I can think of, without success. In Task Manager, there are several processes described as SVCHOST.EXE or sometimes TASKHOST.EXE which take up most of the CPU's time (about 95%) which should normally be occupied by SYSTEM IDLE PROCESS, but I have no way of identifying the culprit. When I end the process, the system returns to normal and SIP takes up the majority of spare time, which is what I expect, but after a few minutes the problem recurs until I again end the unwanted process. I’m not happy doing this, as I can’t be sure if I am stopping an important process, but I know of no other way.

    I have tried removing GWX using registry modification, but it makes no difference. I have a laptop running Win7 Home Premium which doesn't get that problem. I also have another destop (Dell GX620 running Windows 98) which doesn’t suffer it.

    I have tried returning to a version of W7Pro which I saved at the end of 2014, but the problem still remains. I'm now thinking that malware has insinuated itself into the BIOS; if so, how can I remove it?

    Please help with this intractable problem if you can.

  • VG

    ^^ First of all post your HijackThis log file in following topic:

    http://www.askvg.com/is-your-system-infected-with-a-virus-spyware-adware-trojan/

  • Thank you!!
    I used the Method 2. Hope it will work.
    They have no right to push Windows 10 above us!!
    And I was sooo tired of the icon "popping up" everyday!!!

  • Thank you!!

    I used Method 3. After I added the steps in Method 3 I restarted my computer and the method worked. I was using Method 2. But one morning I forgot to Kill GWX.exe. Later in the day when I returned to use my computer Windows 10 installation started after the computer sleep mode. I hit the Reset button. The installation was terminated and Windows 7 was back on the restart.

    It is disgusting when your computer is being hijacked by the creator's of your operating system.

    Thanks again.

  • I changed the ownership and denied everything to trustedinstaller. i also deleted some of the mentioned files. i hope now i won't see anything related to Win10

    Microsoft should be sued because this is no difference than hijacking or spyware that take control over your PC.

    Windows 7 FTW.

  • GUYS. IF YOU DON'T WANT WINDOWS 10 ON YOUR PC, PLEASE IMMEDIATELY REMOVE THE GWX APP RIGHT NOW! MICROSOFT ADMITTED THAT YOU CAN'T OPT OUT THE UPGRADE, THE GWX WILL AUTOMATICALLY DOWNLOAD/INSTALL WINDOWS 10 ON YOUR PC!

  • Thanks so much! You really saved me.

  • thank u very much

  • Thank you for the information. I utilized method #6, and the files were deleted.
    Thanks again!

  • Ohoh, The files re-installed themselves upon the next boot-up.

  • Thanks a mint for this posting. Is worth a lot. Have cleaned all of my machines and they are now protected from forced or inadvertent upgrade to win 10. Not a good OS on many machines that were designed with 7 or 8. AND, the lack of control imposed by MS on win 10 leaves this a most undesirable OS. As for backdoor spying by the NSA, I guess big brother is here to stay. But, we can try to hang on to win 8 and get more up to speed on Lenox.

    thanks again VG

  • Phew! Hope they're all gone for good! Thanks for the heads up!

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