How to Remove Windows 10 Upgrade Icon and Stop Windows 10 From Installing During Windows Update
This guide will help you to remove the Windows 10 Upgrade icon from the task bar, as well as keep Windows from downloading and installing Windows 10
during normal Windows Updates. This will work on both Windows 7 and 8.1:
Removing the icon will also remove GWX.exe (Get Windows X), which I noticed taking up a lot of resources at times (hard drive and CPU) for
compatibility tests to upgrade to Windows 10:
1.) Remove Windows Update KB3035583:
* On your computer go to "Control Panel" (Start Menu, Control Panel).
* Then under "Programs" click on "Uninstall a Program".
* Once there, click on "View Installed Updates" in upper-left.
* In upper-right search box, search for KB3035583:
* Once found, you can right-click on it and "Uninstall" as shown in the image above.
This will remove the Windows 10 Upgrade icon from your task bar, and also remove GWX.exe from your system. In the next step below, we're going to hide
this update so that it doesn't re-install.
2.) Keep Windows 10 from installing during Windows Update
Now, I personally have Windows Update set up to notify me of updates, but to let me
choose what to install when I want. With this in
* Go to "Control Panel / System and Security / Windows Update".
(Note: Once there, you can go into "Change Settings" (on the left) and then select "Check for Updates, But Let Me Choose" under "Important
updates" to do the following more easily. You may then have to click on "Check for Updates" on the left to see all available updates.)
* You'll notice it wants you to "Get Started" upgrading to Windows 10:
* Click on "Show all available updates" indicated by the arrow above.
* The first screen is "Important Updates". Look for the update that you uninstalled earlier (KB3035583), right-click it and then click "hide" as
indicated in the screenshot below:
* Now click on "Optional" updates at the left. Here you want to uncheck "Upgrade to Windows 10", and then right-click on it and "hide" also:
Once you go back to "Important Updates", you'll be met with the normal Windows Updates screen:
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Apparently Windows 10 still wants to download even after completing the above. The only known work-around at this moment is to re-enable the Windows
icon in the task bar so that you can cancel your Windows 10 reservation. This will then allow you to update Windows 7 or 8.1 normally via Windows
This guide shows you how to do that:
You can always re-reserve your copy of Windows 10 again sometime before the end of July 2016.
(Or you can just let Windows 10 download (but not install) and then get your security updates normally.)
Now you can rest easy knowing that you won't accidentally upgrade to Windows 10, and can continue to install Windows updates normally until you go
back and un-hide the "Upgrade to Windows 10" update again.
Hopefully someone will find this guide useful.
edit on 25-8-2015 by _BoneZ_ because: Added new info to the OP.