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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  • Rnickey Lidack

    thanks!

  • James Walker

    No, no you’re not, I still have the nag screen and I uninstalled the update 2 weeks ago. If it installs it leaves crap behind. Looking into it now.

  • Tntdruid

    KB3035583 in my system using windows 7 danish version.

  • KB3035583 in my system using windows 7 danish version.

    The req edit worked, thanks for the tip 🙂

  • Mockwerks

    I implemented the new WindowsUpdate.admx and adml file to set the Group Policy for this setting. The resulting registry key was located here.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsUpdate

    REG_DWORD – DisableOSUpgrade Value: 1

  • Sebastian Beijersbergen

    Could you please point out the value location of these group policy? Thank in advance!

  • kathy olsen

    The little download from GitHub worked for me, regedit and deleting the KB3035583
    file did not. The ——- thing kept coming back. We will see if this fix remains effective.

  • AsSeenOnTv

    Just a note.. If you don’t go back into windows update and hide that specific KB it will install to your system again.

  • kathy olsen

    yes, its back.

    • Undecider

      Windows 10 prompts are like herpes.

  • kathy olsen

    The registry key noted in the article seems to have done the job. I would have liked to remove the entire program but will compromise for now.

  • dan

    At the end of the article when you state ‘Click “Customize” in the System Tray and turn off the Get Windows 10 app notifications in the menu that comes up’ – by “turning off” do you mean choose the “HIDE ICON AND NOTIFICATIONS” option?

    • John Todd

      yes you click on the hide icon & notifications option

      • dan

        I’m not ready to install Win 10 but every time I boot up and cancel the upgrade my “Control Panel’s” WINDOWS UPDATE screen is flooded with CANCEL entries.
        1) What is the best way to tell Win 7 to leave me alone and let me install it when I’m
        ready?

        2) I assume Win 10 has been downloaded and is ready to be installed but I do not see

        it in the GWX folder. Where is it hiding?

  • geobeck

    Getting rid of KB3035583 doesn’t work, even after disabling automatic updates. That update no longer appears in my installed list, but the nag screen still pops up every time I log in. Going to try the removal tool tonight.

    • annoyedmom

      I have uninstalled KB3035583 three times, so far. It won’t stay away. Have also uninstalled KB2852386 twice….Every time I click on IE, it goes berserk with multiple hundreds of thousands K in working memory. Last night it was 672,256K in iexplore.exe *32. I am running Windows 7 Home Premium and am just about ready to go to Dell.

      • geobeck

        I know it’s a cliche, but the first step is to try another browser, like Firefox or Opera. (Google claims that Chrome 45 has reduced the memory problems, but it still seems pretty bloated to me.) Next step is to change your Windows Update settings to stop your computer from automatically installing updates.

        This will be the biggest PITA. Once a week, go into Windows Update and click the link for more information on each update to determine whether you want to install it. You’ll find that there are quite a few ‘important’ updates that have no relevance to your system, although you should install all of the security updates.

        If you call Dell, good luck. For a company that was once known for excellence in customer service, they have fallen incredibly far.

  • Vexy

    I want to get rid of the nag screen but i do want to install Win10 eventually and for free. I want to know if i make the changes to the registry and / or uninstall the update, is it reversible ? I would like to upgrade as late as possible (next July i beieve) as i don’t want to deal with teething trouble and hassle of getting used to a new system.
    For now i have taken it out of the icons and notifications list and haven’t seen it since but haven’t rebooted either. And this pop up is worse than most viruses IMO. I love the way it gives the option to delay installation by 2 fricken days.

    • Alex III

      If your running windows 7 your better off staying with that… If running windows 8 then upgrade but be aware that Microsoft can install whatever they want on your computer including ads and nothing you can do about it!

      • Vexy

        Unfortunately its 8.1 and i still get one or two pop ups every time i start the pc. I can only advance the date 2 days which is bltch.
        Have read a few ways of stopping it but some involve registry changes and whilst i’m not afraid of doing them changes. There is no garantee it will work or if its reversible when i do want to instal 10 for free..

        • SerpentDrago

          you don’t have to reserve shit , you can at anytime download windows 10 from Microsoft website when you upgrade it auto activates you DO NOT have to reserve first (source i do this for a living )

          • Vexy

            Microsoft told me if i wanted it i had to reserve it. Isn’t hindsight wonderful.
            I believe its already on my hard drive but not installed yet.

        • Undecider

          There’s no free lunch in this world. You’re going to pay by having to look at the built in social engineering and disinformation news feeds. Not to mention them collecting data on you. Just line right up! There’s a sucker born every minute!

          • Vexy

            What exactly are you bumping your gums about ?
            I suppose if you don’t know how to set up a pc and just use the default settings then you will be data raped.

  • geobeck

    This is getting really annoying. 3035583 is long gone, but 2976978 will not stay gone! Even though I’ve disabled updates, it keeps coming back like the proverbial cat every time I restart. And I don’t know where the nag notice is hiding in the registry, because there is no Gwx item under the registry tree noted above.

    I think it’s time to abandon the collective and switch over to Debian.

  • postal67

    Seriously? I did the upgrade, three hours later restored as it wasn’t doing what I wanted, it was doing what MICROSOFT wanted.. Adding BING and other things.. PLUS all the ads you can’t stand. Forget it.. Crashed three times with NO warning, just back to logon screen. Would not restore the IE page I was on like before.. Used the advice here to get rid of the KB 3035583 and rebooted. I have a WIN 7 and it would NOT upgrade but the popup keeps coming back and the KB 3035583 can’t be found.. I will find the nag screen, been pounding keys since Commodore 64 and I never give up.

  • J0E_BL0W

    The problem I am stuck with is that the Windows 10 Update show up in Windows Update but won’t let me do any other update. When I click on “search for available update” it tell me I need to reboot to do the upgrade, no other choice. And If I reboot it does nothing and come back to the exact same place. It won’t let me do any other update. BTW, that’s a Win 7 Home.

    • peg_c

      I just removed the Win 10 upgrade update (KB3035583) and am hoping I can run regular updates now (Win 8.1 on a 6 month old Toshiba 2-in-1). I’ve read enough about 10 to know I don’t want it anywhere near me yet – and I was very enthusiastic about it until the week before release when all the horrendous things about it started trickling out. I also suspect the Win 10 update has prevented some regular Win 8.1 updates from installing. Ugh.

      I’m not even contemplating Win 10 for my 4 year old Win 7 Dell or our 6 year old Win 7 HP. Never.

  • Johnathan_Cache

    I checked two windows 7 computers, one with the popup and one without. Neither has that MS Update KB303… listed in the updates list. Did they change the number?

    • John Cross

      Yeah, me either.
      Every single article I’ve seen about this references that same update, “KB3035583” and I simply DO NOT have it listed.

      • I don’t either, but when I uninstall it with the Command Prompt, it uninstalls, and the icon goes away upon reboot. However, in a day it two it comes back.

        • fcdis

          You have to show installed updates when in the uninstall programs manager to see it. It will keep downloading unless you go into Windows Updates settings, click the option to choose when to install updates, and then when it pops up again choose to hide the update by right clicking it. After that you should never see it again.

          • ShortA

            Yeah, I’ve done all that. THREE F’ing times now! Including hiding the KB! Yet a week or two later, there’s the GD “upgrade” notification. Which leads me to why I’m here. No such /System32/GWX folder in my copy of Win7. Yet a search using GWX yields GWXUXworker.exe hidden in a different folder and all kinds GWX crap scattered all over windows. *sigh* Maybe I’ll just nuke it, start fresh, and hide the f’ing Kb3035583 immediately after first boot!

            If wine worked better I’d just be done with this shit and load linux (Ubuntu).

        • fcdis

          You can also uninstall the update, manually check for updates, and you’ll see it right away. After that, you can hide it. That’s what I did and the problem never came back.

      • gdnctr

        It’s there; look under “Installed Updates”.

    • gdnctr

      Go to the CP’s “Update History” (KB3035583 doesn’t show-up here), then to “Installed Updates” (search in upper right box for it; it’s there).

  • sparkeyjames

    If you have windows automatic updates enabled it just redownloads this update and reinstalls it.

    • Christopher David Eaton

      After you have removed the update, re-run Windows Update. When it gives you the list of updates available, find KB3035583, right click on it, and then select ‘Hide Update’. This will prevent the update from being displayed or installed the next time you or your system checks for updates.

  • AnnoyedMom

    annoyedmom geobeck • 12 minutes ago
    I have uninstalled KB3035583 three times, so far. It won’t stay away. Have also uninstalled KB2852386 twice….Every time I click on IE, it goes berserk with multiple hundreds of thousands K in working memory. Last night it was 672,256K in iexplore.exe *32. I am running Windows 7 Home Premium and am just about ready to go to Dell and send this computer…. somewhere else.. It is so slow it is nonfunctioning with the Windows 10 already installed on it by Microsoft. 27 separate items found last night with GWX in them..

  • Cecil

    Thanks 🙂 It’s cleared from my PC. But, two items remain in the registry which cannot be deleted in the same way as other obsolete entries.
    Can anyone assist.

  • Yves Gattegno

    I created a small utility that removes “Get Windows 10” components (including KB3035583) and that can disable trackers too.

    It can also restore previously disabled updates that would prevent a
    user from seeing the “Get Windows 10 upgrade” icons and application.

    It’s named “Win10wiwi (Windows 10 when I want it).

    It’s free.

    It’s simple (one click).

    It’s here:

    http://win10wiwi.com

    • Andy Rightclickfix Winter

      Yves mate your a fookin genius! fantastic work thanks very much for creating this script it works a treat 😎

    • Martin Shelton

      Why do you want our Email address? Are we going to end up on a mailing list somewhere!

    • Frans van Tatenhove
    • Barry

      Yves Gattegno
      Thank you (to the power of 10), your win10wiwi is brilliant !!!!!

      It found 274 of Microsofts parasitic files, and after restarting my computer (I also disabled windows updates), my 2011 acer laptop with a gen2 I7 (Windows 7 Home Premium), the computer now runs as when I first bought it five years ago. your program removed 6GB !!!!!!! of windows garbage which was lagging my computer. all of a sudden (after contless attempts to reolve) my Firefox browser opens immediately when i open it (it used to wait 2 minutes or so), even microsofts own programs are now openinig immediately without waiting for a minute. My computer now runs like my work laptop with a 6th Gen I7 and an SSD. Your program cannot have enough good things to say about it. Microsoft on the other hand deserves to go the way of the Dodo, (unfortunately they wont due to being part the global NWO cabal). I suspect with 99.99 % certainty that Microsoft had actually slowed Firefox on purpose, something id heard of, but never believed until now. And i didn’t want to use Chrome as I wanted my data less minable to the big brothers as my email is with google. I have been curious about switching to Linux for years, but I have decided to keep my current PC as it is, and when I finnally get a Nice Shiny new laptop, it will shine with Linux.
      I am going to pray for Jesus to bless you as soon as finishing this post.
      Thank you very much.

    • Rob

      Folks, DON’T EVER INSTALL RANDOM SCRIPTS FROM A GUY ON A TECH FORUM OR OTHER PLATFORMS. 9 times out of 10, its a trojan. If you have installed this guys script, you may want to reinstall your operating system as a clean upgrade. Your PC has probably just been compromised. And if not this time, you better believe it will be the next time. Your welcome.

  • ICUevrywhere .

    Microsoft is intentionally changing the file batch name, a friend of mine who quit Microsoft over this is warning people that this won’t stop and they are not going to.

    • ICUevrywhere .

      I have been running Ubuntu cinnamon and so far I like it however there are game apps that won’t run and if your worried about games then I guess deal with the nagware..

    • JB Munce

      would you like to write a post about what Windows is doing and how you quit over it? I could see it got exposure

  • Stefan

    Big thanks!

    The “get Win 10” CONSTANT pop up drove absolutely crazy. Pure terror.

    Finally – gone! Thanks again. 🙂

  • Craig Spingath

    ok, I went through and ran the program, but the windows 10 still tries to install when installing msupdates. there is no GWX folder in the system32 folder. GWX.exe is not running. I have restarted the computer after running the script. Any ideas? Also, all the offending KBs are not there. There is something embedded that does not allow me to install msupdates without the Windows 10 update installing first.

    thanks for your help

    • vKrue

      To verify that whether or not the GWX folder is there you must remember to “show hidden folders.” GWX is a “hidden” folder.

  • Alan F.

    I’ve done as you instructed in the main part of the article. I’ve gone onto Windows Update, clicked on Installed Updates, uninstalled KB3035583, and restarted my computer. The Windows 10 icon and pop-up is gone. Grand!
    Judging from a couple of the comments however, that might not be all I have to do. I’ve not changed any update settings. Will it simply download again and give me the same problem again if I don’t continue to do something else? Must I change the update settings?

    • Alan F.

      As an update for anyone who might reply, I’ve gone back onto Windows Updates and there are two ‘important’ new updates waiting to be downloaded. Interestingly, one of them is our old friend KB3035583. I right clicked on it and clicked “hide download”. Is that enough to stop it ever returning?
      Thanks.

  • jxhank

    I’ve tried everything above except the registry change, The KB update will not uninstall or shred. Same with 2 exe files and the GWX folder. When I try to change the suffix on the 2 exe files or try to delete or shred the GWX folder I keep getting “you require permission from trustedinstaller to make changes to this file.” I was able to “customize” the system tray and hide icon and notifications..

  • Queen Lula the Ginihog

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES! Thank yooooooooooou! I’ve been searching for a solution for 3 days already ever since that GWX could slow down my computer, holding it hostage.

  • anonymous

    if virustotal is a real thing he should detect and delete trojan on all microfsoft Windows product

  • Techjunkie13

    First, I’m a computer tech since DOS years, and Windows 2.0 and it’s been an interesting journey, until Win10 forced upgrade. So I uninstalled KB3035583, however GWX persisted. I tried a 3rd party removal program that did okay, but remnants, small bits GWX remained buried in more than one program. I have AMD, found 10 or 15 GWX file bits embedded in my video card config software as part of their latest update, 16.???. These small tracks, plusIE GWX bit file, were buried deep on my system. I’m using W7 Pro and after seeing the fragmented, discreetly buried files in ten or fifteen areas on my drive, equates to an invasion of computer integrity. As others have mentioned, W10 mimics malware. To rid my system of all these files, after I deleted the KB crap file.
    Search for GWX., then right click on a file, properties, security, ownership, change ownership, edit assign administrator or you as owner. Click OK until you exit properties. 2. Right click on the same file, change permissions. Select TRUSTED INSTALLER, edit permissions, click DENY, (make sure all the boxes are checked.) Then click admin (or whoever the owner is), edit, check allow (all boxes), then click on Trusted Installer, REMOVE. You might have to remove TI several times. Click APPLY. If you’ve deleted enough TI permissions, you can click OK until exiting properties. Then delete the folder. If you are denied, remove TI permissions several more times. Then delete the file. Six hours later, 200 GWX files are gone, no popup W10 icon any more.
    Make sure you do not download the crappy KB3035583, and hide it from future updates. MANUALLY DOWNLOAD Windows updates. Disable auto update – or you’ll repeat the problem.
    Long Term Expectation: If MS keeps this model, users might lose admin rights to their update process and OS files MS push to MS systems. In addition, based on Adobe’s SAS model, and Office 365 SAS, expect Windows OS, any version to fall into SAS model, meaning users will or might pay a monthly fee to use Win XXXX. That’s my guess for the future. Note also, Im not a huge Linux fan, but it’s looking more attractive lately. Maybe I’ll give it a shot..

  • ExcellentNews

    Frigging corporate malware. Use Linux, screw Miscrosoft.

  • vKrue

    Well, this is about the 50th time that I’ve read these simple instructions and even though I have created an Administrator account (Windows 8.1) I have been totally UNABLE to remove neither the GWX file folder from the windows/system32 directory nor the KB3035583, KB2952264, KB2976978 files from this system.

    I have attempted to “take ownership” of the files to no avail. The system will NOT allow me to do so.
    I have tried to “del” them from the Administrator’s cmd prompt – “access denied.”

    I am sooo tired of this crap that I am seriously considering telling Microsoft to kiss my loving a$$ and totally reconfigure my entire system over to lenux / ubuntu.

    What gets me just as much though, is all these articles, like this one, that offer seemingly simple solutions and yet they DO NOT WORK !

    Why can’t someone please actually do this, TEST IT’S EFFECTIVENESS, and publish the correct proceedures ?

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