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How to Permanently Remove the Get Windows 10 Icon from Your Taskbar

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A few days ago I wrote a post about the possibility of reserving free upgrades to Windows 10. The second part of that post contained a tutorial regarding the hiding of the upgrade notification icon in the Taskbar. As it turns out, the Get Windows 10 icon is much more persistent than it should be.

Abusing Windows Update

I understand that Microsoft really wants all its Window 7 and 8.x users to migrate to Windows 10 in the summer. So Microsoft decided to create an app that would notify their users that they are eligible for a free upgrade. So far so good.

The app is delivered via the Windows Update functionality, which is curious, because updates should be really about security and performance issues. But lately, Microsoft started to use Windows Update as an outlet for its marketing experiments.

A few weeks ago I caught and hid a Skype installation — but at least that was an optional update.

An App to Remember

Now Microsoft delivered the Get Windows 10 as a recommended or important “update” and went the extra mile not to reveal to its users what the update is actually about. The update package is called Update for Microsoft Windows (KB3035583). That’s quite unethical and un-user-friendly.

Even if you follow the official link presented in the update’s details, you are none the wiser.

And to top it all off, the notification icon of the Get Windows 10 app behaves unlike any other Taskbar icon. You can choose to hide it, as I documented in my last post, but only for the session being. In other words, once you restart your computer, there’s the icon again in your Taskbar. Isn’t that how malware or spyware behaves?

This is exactly the kind of arrogant behavior that, once upon a time, earned Microsoft a bad reputation and considerable financial damage. I guess it really doesn’t make a difference who the CEO is — it has to do with Microsoft’s corporate culture. Anyway, I don’t like to be a hostage to my operating system.

Hide Get Windows 10 for Good

So here’s how you can turn off this pesky Get Windows 10 app once and for all.

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Installed Updates

Go to Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Update.

Once there, click Installed Updates — it’s in the bottom left corner of the window.

Among the Installed Updates, locate the Microsoft Windows section, and within it Update for Microsoft Windows (KB3035583).

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Update for Microsoft Windows (KB3035583)

Now either right-click on the update and select Uninstall from the drop-down menu. Or click on the update and then click on the Uninstall button located at the top of the whole list.

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Uninstall an update

Windows will ask you whether you are sure that you want to uninstall this update.

Click Yes.

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Update being uninstalled

The uninstall process of the update will take a few moments.

Once it is done…

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Restart Now

…you will be required to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Click Restart Now.

After your computer restarts, you will want to hide the KB3035583 update, so that you accidentally don’t install it again.

To do this, go to Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Update and click on the 1 optional update is available link.

Note

The number of available optional updates may be different in your case, so the link may be called 2 optional updates are available, 3 optional updates are available, and so on.

In the next window, right-click on the KB3035583 update and select Hide update from the drop-down menu.

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Hide update

In case you reserved a copy of the new Windows 10 for the device on which you just hid the Get Windows 10 app, don’t worry — you will still receive your free upgrade. You will be notified by email, too. And, obviously, all news outlets will be full of Windows 10 promotions, so you certainly won’t miss out on the deal.

For a more detailed tutorial on how to hide and restore updates, read my previous post about the topic.

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  1. As the saga continues, even after uninstalling, rebooting, searching for updates and then hiding KB3035583, it doesn’t take long for the hidden update to unhide itself.

    MS is up to something really sneaky here. There’s got to be a reason they are trying to cram this down our throats. I’m guessing it has to do with their tie-ins to the NSA and population surveillance (MS comes from IBM and IBM is a bosom buddy of the ‘Establishment.’ IBM supplied computing (archaic by today’s standards) to the NAZIs during WW2). That and trying to force propaganda and disinfo news onto the population, through convenient and in your face apps (Clockwork Orange?). Windows 10 is a tool for social engineering. Why else would they care so much? Otherwise, they’d let users upgrade at the pace they normally do.

    Normally, a corporation would not be giving a product away for free. There’s something fishy going on here.

    Last note, there’s no tin foil hat wearing here. My statements come from experience and research.

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