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
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.
Once there, click
Among the Installed Updates, locate the
Windows will ask you whether you are sure that you want to uninstall this update.
The uninstall process of the update will take a few moments.
Once it is done…
…you will be required to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
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
In the next window,
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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