Disable & Remove Get Windows 10 Upgrade Reservation Notification & System Tray Icon

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If you’re running Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, you may get a surprise notification alert which offers you free Windows 10 upgrade comes in the form of pop-up window, asking you to enter your email address to reserve the free upgrade. In addition, an additional GWX icon named “Get Windows 10” is added to Taskbar’s system tray (notification area).

The sneaky Windows 10 update alert is the result of KB3035583 update, a Windows 10 upgrade preparatory package. The update created a new directory in C:\Windows\System32\GWX and installs some executables and files that serve as a notification tool that could display banners and other ads for Windows 10 as the launch date approaches. Meanwhile, the GWXUXWorker.exe file acts as the Windows 10 downloader.

The Windows 10 update notifier behaves according to the phase and how close to the Windows 10 launch is. Digging through the config.xml file reveals the phases that Windows 10 launch could be in, such as None, AnticipationUX, Reservation, Reserved, RTM, GA, UpgradeDetected, UpgradeDownloadInProgress, UpgradeDownloaded, UpgradeReadyToInstall, UpgradeReadySetupInProgress, UpgradeSetupCompatBlock, UpgradeSetupRolledBack, UpgradeSetupFailed, UpgradeSetupComplete and etc.

It’s possible to disable and remove the “Get Windows 10” icon and notification window, by uninstalling KB3035583 update, which was delivered as recommended update to Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Basic and Windows 7 Starter installed with Service Pack 1 (SP1) early April 2015.

  1. Open Windows Update by going to Control Panel -> System and Security -> Windows Update, or search for it.
  2. Click on Installed Updates on the bottom left corner.

    Installed Updates

  3. Locate and select the Update for Microsoft Windows (KB3035583) update under Microsoft Windows section. You can search for KB3035583in the search box on top left corner.

    Uninstall KB3035583 Windows 10 Update Notification Tool

    Note
    Uninstall Update for Microsoft Windows (KB2976978) also if the Get Windows 10 app is not removed completely.
  4. Click on Uninstall to remove the update.
  5. Click Yes to confirm.
  6. When uninstallation process is completed, restart the computer.

You’re now free from Get Windows 10 system tray icon and Windows 10 free upgrade offer reservation nag screen. Some people may still have remnants of the KB3035583 update’s files in %WinDir%\System32\GWX folder. In that case just delete the folder (you may need to take ownership of the folder before able to delete it manually).

Alternative
An alternative to the above steps, open a Command Prompt as Administrator, and run the following commmand:

WUSA /Uninstall /KB:3035583

Or, download a third party utility called “I Don’t Want Windows 10” from GitHub

If you just want to disable the GWX (Get Windows X) app, and keep the update installed, use the Registry Editor (Regedit) to create the following registry key and value. Or, copy and paste the following code into a text file with .reg extension, and then execute it.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Gwx]
"DisableGwx"=dword:00000001

In addition to the registry key above, you can also rename the GWXUXWorker.exe and GWX.exe files that are responsible for the nag message (as if they’re deleted). To do so, end and terminate the GWX.exe process using Task Manager. Then, rename the GWXUXWorker.exe and GWX.exe which are located at C:\Windows\System32\GWX folder to another name, such as by appending an suffix likes backup or old. If you prefer, you can delete and remove the entire GWX folder too. Note that you may need to give the system permission’s to respective files if you’re facing with access denied issue.

Note
Officially, Microsoft is recommending the following method to turn off notification from “Get Windows 10” app:

Click “Customize” in the System Tray and turn off the Get Windows 10 app notifications in the menu that comes up.

By | 2016-12-09T08:38:50+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Categories: Windows|Tags: |60 Comments

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