How to remove the 'Get Windows 10' app from your PC and cancel your upgrade reservation

Starting on June 1st, 2015, millions of PCs and tablets around the world will begin to see the Windows 10 upgrade notification icon in the system tray, on all qualifying devices. That's because Microsoft has announced that the next version of its operating system will be arriving on July 29.

Now there is a slight chance that some Windows users won't want to move quickly to the new version of the operating system. Some users might feel they want to stay a little longer with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, or they feel that Windows 10 isn't quite ready. For those people, I will show you how you can remove the icon from the system tray and how to cancel your reservation.

The Windows logo icon in the system tray didn't magically appear on your PC. It was the update KB3035583 that handled the notification preparing your computer for Windows 10.

KB3035583 was originally an update released back in April, Microsoft offered it as an optional update for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 machines. Today, the software maker is changing the priority of the update to "Recommended", which will force the update to download and install automatically via Windows Update.

Cancel reservation

If you reserved your copy of Windows 10, but you just realized that you don't want to upgrade, you can easily:

1- Right-click the system tray icon and select Check your upgrade status.

2- Click the Cancel reservation link. If you don't see the link, click the hamburger button in the top-left, click View information, and then click the Cancel reservation.

That's it.

Removing the "Get Windows 10" app

If you're prompted to reserve your free copy of Windows 10, it means that your device is ready to receive the new version of the operating system. You'll be asked to enter your email address to confirm your reservation, but if you don't want to upgrade or get reminded, you can easily:

1- Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features > Installed Updates.

2- Do a search for KB3035583, double-click it, and then click Yes, to uninstall the update.

3- Reboot your computer, and you'll be good to go.

If you can't remember whether you reserved your copy, you can check your upgrade status. To do so go to the Control Panel > Windows Update, and you'll notice the "Windows 10 Upgrade reserved" message.

It's worth noting that Windows 10 is a major update to the operating system, and this is the first time in history that Microsoft will be offering users a chance to upgrade free of charge. However, Windows 10 will not be free forever, there is a limited time to get the update. While the company is opening the doors to reserve a copy of the operating system on June 1st (some users even received the notification on May 31st), the company will only offer the free upgrade until July 29, 2016 (one year to be exact).

After this time, those who didn't take advantage of the upgrade will have to pay full price.

Reserving your upgrade again

Now, if you change your mind, you can always download and install the update KB3035583 (opens in new tab), and reserve your copy of Windows 10.

In conclusion

I encourage you to reserve your upgrade of Windows 10. This next version is looking to be an awesome operating system, just like Windows XP and Windows 7. But we also have to understand that there will be a lot of users that might feel annoyed by being prompted to upgrade, and there will be users feeling that Windows 10 isn't for them.

Will you be reserving your Windows 10 upgrade? Let us know in the comments below!

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

  • Dunno why anyone would want to do that but great article
  • Yeah those people are obviously crazy
  • Windows media center. All my HTPCs are running 8.1
  • Exactly. And laptops with switchable graphics should also skip the upgrade.
  • I have it too but will keep en route of upgrading to Win10. Why did you choose to skip?
  • Why?
  • It really depends, my Dell Inspiron 15 5548 has AMD Radeon R7 M270 which AMD says is ready to be upgraded to DirectX12 once Windows release is launched so they will definately put a Catalyst upgrade, also Intel Graphics HD 5500 drivers are said to support H.265 decoding which will be available on Windows 10.
  • I use XBMC and love it. I can't wait to upgrade my HTPC to W10 and get Cortana on it too.
  • Unfortunately, WMC is the only media software I have found that can be used with CableCARD and channels that are marked as anything other than Copy Freely, so for those of us who have cable TV where the company sets the channel flag to Copy Once, there is (as far as I know) no alternative to WMC.
  • Maybe someone should tell the company to move forward. Ask the company to deal with Microsoft for iteration. I assume many other users are not aware like you.
  • lol what an answer. You're telling us that a user of computer whose usage is being BROKEN by a company, should tell the company that ISN'T breaking his computer usage to talk to the company that is BREAKING the way the user uses his computer?? Do you hear yourself? Or do you not bother listening? Or alternatively he/she could just stay with a system that WORKS! Maybe they don't need the added bandwidth usage, the forced updates (irrelevant of whether one wants them or not), the targeted advertising, the private data-collection, the requirement of an always on connection, the monopolisation of how one receives information etc etc AND the added stress of learning to do things that THEY CAN ALREADY DO!!! All that and an unfinished and untested OS to boot! Or alternatively, maybe you wre genuinely trying to help, in which case, my apologies. Maybe you aren't one of the Micorosoft stooges that have been planting data all over the internet for the last few months (you can tell me I'm paranoid, but as an ex-Micorosoft employee, I can tell you, I'm NOT!)
  • You can always tell those that got fired from a company. They try to make it sound as though the company is bad and they spread lies.
  • I read somewhere for such users Microsoft would provided an App for playing DVDs.
  • If this was 2005 that would be great.
  • Playing DVDs isn't the reason I use Windows Media Center. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Yeah like any good can come of this.... Regions DVD on your HD... im not sure now i want in
  • Same reason I'm skipping the upgrade. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I have a HTPC with cablecard so I have no other option, if I want to keep cablecard, which I do.
  • It's only a matter of time until you'll loose it, so it really isn't a reason to forgo the upgrade.
  • How is that not a valid reason?? We're all going to die sometime, so that really isn't a reason to live! Also, how is it only a matter of time? Can you explain makes no sense to me at all. Both Win 7 and Win 8/8.1 are still supported and will be for a while the time they aren't the user will probably have to get a new computer and then they won't have a choice, but until then they do. Also, LOSE as in to not have someting you one owned anymore is spelt L.O.S.E. Loose means something that isn't tight! Nottrying to have a go, I am merley trying to inform you of a mistake that you can choose to correct or not. The choice is yours.
  • And SOMETING is spelled SOMETHING, unless you're creating new words for your dictionary! I am merley trying to inform you of a mistake that you can choose to correct or not. The choice is yours.
  • The crazy people are the ones jumping to an OS which is obviously unfinished from one which is stable and works for them. Especially with Microsoft's poor track record of providing a thorough tutorial that shows what they are upgrading to. Its going to be chaos for the average user who wakes up one day with a totally alien OS on their PC. Good luck with that.
  • +1
  • If anyone can search for torrent or a download on the internet he/she is not average user. I think only Grandma or Grandpa or Blondes need tutorial.
  • It's like buying a new phone... It may take some days to learn the new features, but anyone can do it
  • BUT Why should they? This upgrade seem to really only benefit Micorosofy - it makes them integral to your daily lives, whereas right now, you just buy an OS off them. Why do they think that we all want a massive corporation to have control over our daily communication or computing needs? That's a serious question and to be honest I've not found anybody whom seems able to give a genuinely good answer to it. If Windows 7 works for people then hwy would they put the additional stresses of learning new methodologies to do exactly the same thing as they are already able to do. It makes NO sense!! (despite the obvious Microsoft plants who patrol these forums providing apparent reasoned comments i.e.. 'why wouldn't you?', 'those people are obviously crazy' and the like. I'm not being paranoid by the way, I used to work for Microsoft and I can confirm that is EXACTLY the type of thing they do). Quite simply, if you can already do what you want to do on your computer, there is no reason to upgrade - you are putting your self in the position of having to learn to do what you can already do. The only reasons I can see, is a/ if you are running Windows 8/8.1 - yep dump it and move to Windows 10 b/ you want major corporations to be able to control what does or doesn't go on YOUR computing device c/ you want to have your bandwidth constantly drained by all the behind the scenes going on between Microsoft's (and their partners) servers and YOUR machine. Every allegedly NEW feature is already available to you through your BROWSER, by choosing Microsoft Windows 10, you are enabling Microsoft to control an experience that you are currently free to have in any way you want. You'd obviously have to be crazy to give that power to a corporation whom haven't EVEN finished the OS they are promising 'will make your life better'. So they can't even prove that what they are spouting as gospel is true!!! If you have ANY sense, you will wait at LEAST 6 months and watch how those follish enough to jump so early fare. Unless you want to spend time wrestling with stuff that YOU ALREADY KNOW HOW TO DO!!!
  • I think it will not be a problem since Win10 is supposed to bring some familiarity of Win7, 8.1 and and and *cough* Android/iOS design language. And with Universal App in mind.
  • It does offer some similarities, but I have run all the latest builds and it is inconsistent and it crashes - a lot! Yes, I know I'm still running beta software, but when some of the major features aren't working 5 weeks before a MAJOR upgrade and you're not worried, then I'd question your judgement. In 6 months, hell yeah, go for it... but anybody upgrading on Jully 29th is in for some major stress in their lives, that to be honest is completely uinnecessary.   Part of the reason Microsoft are giving this OS away for free, is so that you have NO LEGAL RECOURSE should something f&ck up majorly. Think about that!  Personally I hate the 'new' design methodology, We have found it causes serious eye-strain after a couple of hours of normal usage, and many of my developers claim that their productivity has been reduced (I had a no of people at my company field-test the new OS for the last few months) and I agree with them, it has been. Figures show that their output dropped by 24% initially, but after becoming familioar with the system it was STILL a drop of 17% on the original monthly output. Which makes a mockery of Microsoft's claims and loses my company money! Not very impressed so far I can tell you.
  • no, actually we aren't crazy.  I switched to window's ten on my laptop and it compleatly removed all personalizations I needed to accomidate my learning disability.  It changed the tool bars to this glarring white I couldnt't remove, and all the inhanced personalizations I was promissed were gone.  It also reactivated my touch screen, which I need off because I have to be able to finger read, I'm sure you have a joke about being so stupid you can't read without touching the screen.  I've heard it before.  it still astounds me that a company founded by a dyslexic never thought to make sure their software was user friendly for people with disabilities.  I couldn't believe they were actually able to make a system worse than 8.1, but the managed it.  I give both an F for excessability. 
  • My NVIDIA graphics card is no longer supported by updates so it is listed as incompatible with Windows 10. So I didn't feel to crazy about removing it. I was disappointed but it doesn't seem worth spending the money on a newer graphics card on an older PC just to get Windows 10, as for all I know once done something else is going to then show up listed as incompatible, so I'm sticking with Windows 7.
  • only noobers upgrade the platform constantly if not required. you been on since 1.0? 1.01? 1.02? 1.03? 1.04? 2.0? <--- Control Panel was introduced (1987) where were you? 3.0a? 3.0? (1989) no more Radio Shack Tandy support by 1990 where were you again? 3.1?   3.11? 3.2?  95? 95b 95c? 98? 98se? NT 3.1? 3.11?  3.2?  NT 3.5?  NT 3.51? 95? NT 4.0? 2k? Me 4.90? XP NT51? XP NT 5.2? VISTA NT 6.0? Win7? Win 8? Win 8.1? Win 10 NT 10.0. I don't think so noober!!  try windows 14 when it comes out k now shut the front door
  • Businesses may want to remove it so users don't randomly start upgrading. I wonder if computers on a domain will be offered the update.
  • Too late for that at my job. A lot are already on Windows 10 and loving it. The Apple users did the same with Yosemite. I would have kept it on my SP3 if I could have easily resolved the multi-monitor DP issue in Win10. I had just fixed the Anyconnect issue too.
  • @kurtd. Such businesses need more competent IT staff. :P lol Letting users freely upgrade, install a new o/s or run windows update on company machines is just asking for havoc.
  • If we uninstall the KB update that is responsible, wont it just be re-installed during the next update or is this a premanent fix?
  • What if I leave the "Get Windows 10" app but still don't make a reservation?
  • not everyone ready to do it atm... maybe ppl think when it first release there is alot of bugs so they just w8 for 1 month or even 2 to get bugs fixed   but does anyone know about formatting pc on windows 10? how does it work after the upgrade from 7 to 10 or 8.1 to 10... do we get a file to burn on cd for later use or win10 has a feature that can format itself? and same question for windows 8.1 does it have a feature to format? or formatting back to the when i first got the pc
  • If its like the beta version you can update then back out to previous version if something is not right for you The first beta had issues with my ethernet so  I backed out to 8.1 and tried on the next release.   Their are versions for USB installs now in the beta so this should be available too? after Wupdate release is my guess 
  • Yes, you can, on win 8,8.1 or 10, u just need a 4GB flash drive & go to parameters & it will restart your pc & takes you to the format window.
  • Because Windows 10 is a security risk. For example, OneDrive is integrated into the OS, and represents a back door even if you have it "disabled".. So if you do National Security work, or any work where you are legally obligated to keep client info secure, you put yourself at great legal risk using Windows 10.
  • I'm sure there will eventually be a locked down version of Windows 10, that rips out much of the OneDrive and Cortana capability for use in either government or secured corporate environments, but you're right, until Microsoft makes that SKU available to enterprise IT staff, updating to Windows 10 in its current form can be a security risk.
  • I reserved my copy, but then I removed the update soon after. Will that be enough to prevent Windows 10 from being installed on my PC?
  • If I install it till 29/6/2016, then after that should I pay for running this OS?
  • Once you upgraded to Windows 10, you don't pay anything. The free upgrade offer only lasts 1 year. If you don't upgrade within 1 year, you'll have to pay to upgrade to Windows 10.
  • Because you don't need this app to get it for free, and we know the release date so we can just download it when it comes out. This app is like Adware on your PC.  It's extremely annoying.
  • Its an abuse of trust. Microsoft are just so desperate for their OS to remain relevant they will shove advertising onto your machine as a Windows Update with no easy way to get rid of it. Its arrogant and disrespectful and a glimpse of things to come with your OS becoming an advertising platform.
  • Because for some of us the update does not work at all , and seeing that freaking "Upgrade to windows 10" icon gets on our nerves -_-
  • I have a high end gaming system that was custom built less than a year ago..  Tried to upgrade to windows 10.. and immediately some of the features of my system were no longer compatible.  Windows 10 Im sure is excellent for the average user that does little more than push the "On" button with their machine...  But it will not be popular among the more advanced users until the compatiblity issues are sorted out.  Thats why someone would want to do that...  lol
  • Well good job Microsoft. People already get annoyed. 60% of the PC user base haven't even heard about win10. And the first thing they'll see from it is a notification you can't hide without doing something complicated. Don't know if that was a good idea
  • You just pointed out the reason for why this was imperative to windows 10 success... 60% of users don't know about it. Notification may be annoying but informative for those who don't know.
  • Yeah but at least hide it after they've set it up
  • Yea, but, also a case of Microsoft sending down Adware in a Windows update. Using an advertisement from a Windows update. No matter what their goal is, they should not be sending down any ads in a WIndows udpate..
  • Yep. Just gives a bad impression to users...
  • Actually, looks like a nice thing for users to say "hey, this thing is smart". A lot of users don't want to know more about it, they only wants their PCs to work well and with the newest.
  • Actually, I think most people don't care whether they are using the newest software.  They just want their PC to work. Most people hate change, even if it is for the better (look no further to complaints on this site about W10 design - hamburger menus, haha).  That goes especially for people who aren't techhie nerds like most of us.
  • Well, yeah, you are right, non-tech nerdiest will pass the same learning curve from Windows 8
  • Progressive change, fine. Regressive change, not so hot on that actually. Especially when forced.
  • Windows 10 is more like bringing stuff from Windows 7 to Windows 8 and some UI and Menus from Windows Phone; That's a Progressive Change, and a Hot One, and it's not forced, they are only giving the option to get it easier, because the OS fragmentation and stuff
  • I have pop-up blocker turned on, all the web safety features that come with Windows, Windows Defender and Windows firewall turned on, and STILL this adware sneaks on to my PC? Have MS gone the Lenovo route? It's this kind of approach, forcing W10 on people, that makes me annoyed about Win10 and the general 'lack of choice' direction it's going in. If you really and truly feel you need to resort to adware to get people to take up W10, Microsoft, then what's the harm in adding a 'No thank you, please bog off and stop pestering me with ads' option, hmmm? Or at least allow Windows Defender to clean it out. It's supposed to be able to remove adware, and it can't even find the stuff Microsoft's written? How poor must Defender be at finding adware that's actually trying to get around it?
  • @AndyCalling, relying on defender and the built-in firewall is like trying to use a sieve to bail out water from a leaky row boat... Lol. But yeah, an option to permanently mute this notifications would be nice. However most people would just click that and carry on what their doing. Just like how people keep clicking next to finish installing an application only to find their browser is now chrome, they have an asktoolbar and a McAfee scanner.
  • Or even worse, some Chinese knock-off of Chrome. "Would you like to download Conduit Krome® ?"
  • Hopefully Microsoft will start the advertisement and marketing now to conside with the many users that are now just getting this notifications. Now many people aren't like the readers of this site who are in the know about the pending Windows 10. I think the biggest mistake would be for many unsuspecting Windows 7 or 8.1 users PCs upgrade their machines come July 29th. Aside from whether Windows 8 was good or bad; Microsoft surely didn't do a good job preparing people for it. That's part of the reason why 8.1 had user prompts to instruct people on how do certain tasks. Hopefully Microsoft can start the marketing and advertising now letting people know why they should upgrade to Windows 10.
  • Just curious where you're getting this 60% stat? Made up or an actual credible source for it?
  • Thanks. Although my win7 isn't displaying as its a VL key, and my tablet isn't either.. MS now changed who will or won't get, if its not displayed then you won't get updated.
  • Windows 8.1 on both pc and tablet. Haven't gotten the notification yet.
  • Make sure that you have the KB3035583 update installed and then you can manually run the scheduled task: Microsoft > Windows > Setup > gwx > refreshgwxconfig. I did this for all my devices and it came down. Make sure that the update has successfully installed and that the task completes with a result of 0x0  
  • Before restoring my Stream 7, I had the update. Now I don't, and WU is not showing it. Also, you can't downlad it from Microsoft webpage. And yes, I'm running the April 2014 update.
  • The "gwx" folder doesn't exist for me. There aren't any updates for me to install in windows update.
  • Just wanted to check, do you have 32-bit Windows or 64-bit? Allmy 64-bit machines are working, but the 32-bits are failing. I have both Pro and with Bing 32-bit systems
  • yep,apply all the updates, if you halted them, once all done, you will see the "Get windows 10 app" in system tray 
  • I did everything but still no Windows logo in system tray :(
  • Does it show ina Windows Update? I didn't get a notification on Win7Pro but it's in Windows Update when I start it.
  • Enterprise doesn't get automatic upgrades, that way IT can control when that happens.
  • For the common user I see no reason not to upgrade, otherwise than fear of not knowing how to use it.
  • On the other hand, a majority of the common users see no reason to upgrade when their PCs work well the way they are.  This will be MS's biggest challenge to acheive that billion users goal.
  • Yup it will be and they are that crucial stage where communicating the right message for a target audience is key.
    However Windows isn't just used by people with little tech knowledge.
    So they need to hit the right notes for every category of users and that is no easy feat. Never the less, it's impossible to make everyone happy. The only thing I'm hoping is that they don't repeat the x1 launch fiasco.
  • Also, I've got no notification on my HP Stream 7 yet. Will Windows with Bing get updated too?
  • I have it on all my devices and laptops, except my 8", 16GB, Windows 8.1 with Bing tablet. Hoping that I can get as reservation for this little guy!
  • Probably not as the OEMs didn't have to pay a licensing fee just like starter
  • It is been confirmed that W8.1 with Bing will receive the Home version.
  • Windows with Bing is just Windows 8.1 (with its search engine set by default as Bing, but users can change to another if they wish). So that tablet should get the upgrade.
  • I'll reserve but I want to do a clean install some how
  • Sure you do. After you upgrade, you can reset :)
  • Reset? I don't think its the same as a clean install which entails a destructive low level format (full format) or deleting the o/s partition, full format than installing the o/s from an alternative medium such as dvd or usb. However if it is than I'll eat a deep fried mars bar lol (I just hate these)...
  • I won't upgrade my three computers since there is no WMC. I am really bummed out by its omission. :(
  • Yeah. Im kinda wondering if we'll lose extender on 360
  • A good reason to decline any 360 updates until we know the answer. . . .
  • Same here but, if you follow my posts, you would already know that :)
  • I haven't got the notification yet.
  • Very useful information for tablet, surface, 2-in-1 owners. You don't want Windows 10 on a tablet. It is a major downgrade from Windows 8.1.
  • I use my Dell 2-in-1 almost exclusively with touch. I haven't even looked at the UI of Win10, do they not have the tiles Start menu and the Store apps anymore? I guess I should check it out but since there is no WMC I haven't even cared. :(
  • They crippled the multitasking gesture and did wonky things to app interaction, as well as transforming the all apps list from "swipe in start screen" to "open start screen, go into hamburger menu, tap the all apps icon, get a horizontal list that shows you barely any information".   And then there's the entire "who wants to use mouse and keyboard in tablet mode, anyway?" thing, which essentially means that you can't use it like 8 and instead have to constantly switch back and forth between modes.   Should be a chore on hybrids with external monitors.
  • Update 10130 says, "Hi".  Tablet Mode actually works in version 10122 up.
  • I'm using 10130. It is abysmal on a tablet. With gesture support removed way too many little buttons to tap, 3 menu buttons just to get to power, account log-in or your apps list. No more gesture support for opening apps list, switching or snapping apps. The apps list is now just a small single column like you are using a phone instead of a larger screen. App command bar and charms hidden under a tiny auto-hiding hamburger menu that currently does not work on Build 10130. Most of app charms functionality is gone in new apps meaning you can't print/share/project from apps anymore, numerous Windows 8 apps are completely broken on Build 10130 since there is no way to bring up the app commands. Taskbar no longer auto-hides at all and controls for taskbar hiding has been removed from tablet mode completely. Very limited arrangement options for live tiles, no more multi-selection of tiles which makes editing your start screen one tile at a time take hours. This is looking aside from the fact that the start, cortana, task view and action center are extremely buggy and poorly done and only work randomly. The new app designs from Microsoft all rely on hamburger menus that have no gesture support and require precise button clicks. That's why you can only use this OS comfortably with a mouse now. Should I go on? There are literally thousands of complaints in the Windows Insider apps that Microsoft is actively ignoring. Really pointless posting in there as they aren't addressing a single complaint posted even if it has a thousand upvotes.
  • Tablet mode has made great strides from the first versions.  I expect it to be as good or better than 8.1 by public release.
  • ?   Why?
  • I'm not seeing any Windows icon in my task bar. Whats the issue?
  • Here are a few cause of this problem: Likely that your PC isn't compatible, the update isn't installed, you probably are not running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update, you’ve blocked or uninstalled the necessary Windows Update functionality, or you're not running a genuine version of Windows. Thanks,
  • All well with me...
  • Make sure that you have the KB3035583 update installed and then you can manually run the scheduled task: Microsoft > Windows > Setup > gwx > refreshgwxconfig. I did this for all my devices and it came down. Make sure that the update has successfully installed and that the task completes with a result of 0x0
  • This update not showing to me though i checked for updates manually...
  • You may alreadsy have it installed - the article mentions this as well as provides a link to the actual update. TO check, go to C:\Windows\System32\GWX - if that folder exists, then you have the update installed. Just run the scheduled task.
  • Yeah its already installed. I manually ran the task but it shows the last result as "0x80072EFD". What do i do now?
  • Notice the last three letters of the error code :) you are effed :) Let me see what I did to get mine to work...
  • What does it mean? How to resolve this? Pls tell.
  • Restart your computer.  I didn't receive the prompt until I restarted my HP Envy laptop.
  • I did but ntn happened. :( Do I need to sign up anywhere? Though I signed up for technical preview earlier...
  • Just wanted to check, do you have 32-bit Windows or 64-bit? All my 64-bit machines are working, but the 32-bits are failing. I have both Pro and with Bing 32-bit systems
  • Windows 7 SP1 64bit.
  • Did u come to any conclusion y m seeing this error & nt the windows logo in my taskbar?
  • Hey, I'm running a genuine W7x64 machine, all updates applied, Windows Update set to auto-install. In the Task Scheduler launchtrayprocess and refreshgwxconfig all run OK and return 0x0. However I don't see any Windows icon in the tray.. Any ideas why that might be?
  • why should remove an notification , i am trying of get and seek the software installed in my Tablet and laptop for do the reservation to those devices, not for remove the sofyware
  • Its for the byo crowd that their company doesn't pay for vl or wmc users. Unless we find out that it will work out like w7 - 8 upgrade where we can order/download install media that will allow dual/tri/quad booting the os(yes some people have vista,7,8)
  • I worry about being able to the stuff I need for work so may very well wait til the very last day to upgrade my SP3...  Until I've had some time to test everything I need.
  • We can only hope they'll offer install media(either iso or dvd)
  • I want to do a clean install as well. I hope MS reveals some plans to do this with the reserved upgrade.
  • First tell me how to get it
  • Wonder why would anyone do that!!!!
  • SO, Windows is said to be safe but, Microsoft is installing Ads via windows update. Shouldn't that be illegal ?
  • Ads? What ads? It's so that you can get Windows 10 before the masses :)
  • You are running one OS, Microsoft sends down a Update that is telling you to install a new OS (or promotion that you can get it early than everyone else). This is something that is requiring action from you to accept to change your current OS, this would be defined an Ad or promotion for a NEW upcoming OS. So, in what way is that NOT an Ad or as would almost be defined as Adware ? So, Microsoft is using Windows update to PROMOTE a new OS, anyway about it, like it or not, that would be an Ad.
  • I don't see any kind of ads.
  • Isn't that what windows update is supposed to do. Advertise that an update is available.
  • Ad=promotion for something paid.
    This isn't paid. It's a free upgrade, so this is not an ad.
  • That is a terrible definition of an ad.
  • if there's no involving money regarding the campaign, that's no ad.
  • That's an even worse definition.
  • Advertising (or advertizing) is a form of marketing communication used to persuade an audience to take or continue some action, usually with respect to a commercial offering, or political or ideological support.       ---  How about this definition ?   take or continue some action  - You are not forced to take action (upgrade) or continue (to stay with win 8) , infact this article just taught how to get this "ad" removed .  IMO, its more like giving freedom , if you want to upgrade tell the  microsoft about it and if you dont, go ahead and remove it.
  • I've reserved it in 3 of my devices and am beyond excited. Moreover, can't wait for the Win10 on phones, just wanna see the complete Windows devices with the tiles moving and all lol. I understand there may be some bugs or some technical problem at the very start, but I wont wait. I'll give a shot. And im sure its going to be great!
  • This thing is so far from ready its not funny. Not planning to upgrade any PC I own or have access to while its being beta tested in prod.
  • The 10130 build is very stable.I have been using them on my primary machine and the first builds were quite dodgy. But now, they are pretty safe and I have faith in the teams there.
  • i dont think he was referring to stability. Windows 10 isnt feature complete yet. July is too soon. They have alot of work to do on the tablet interface before it can be shipped.
  • this is exactly why I removed the upgrade on my two-in-one. It's a DISASTER on tablets, apps are all cut off, so I was without many of the programs I use.
  • The internal builds are further along and there's still two months to go before it's out.
  • Can Win7 Ultimate Cracked users get Win10 free for one year... What after a one year? Will it prompt to get license ?
  • Since I think it was w7 you could get 3 month trial period using slmgr
  • You can use Windows without a license, It just pops up a window every now and again. This you can drag off the screen and it never shows again :)
  • Yes I didn't got the notification either. I'm not an insider and I do have a licensed win. 8.1 and my automatic updates are on as well. :(
  • I can't see windows 10 reserved in my control panel,although I did reserved one
  • I want to do a clean install of Windows 10 after when its released. I am running 8.1 so eligible for a free upgrade, will I be able to do this I wonder?
  • You can always upgrade to W10 then run a reset later.
  • Yes I guess I could do that! :)
  • Reset is not a clean install. No, you have to purchase OEM or the retail version.
  • Reserved for update.. Woohoo.. Cant wait for windows10 on my pc. And even more on my phone. Hope it comes out soon for phones.
  • With this announcement MS must also reveal the pricing of Windows 10.
  • I can't wait to laugh in the face of people who do this and have to play $100+ for windows 10
  • I'd rather pay for the OEM or retail version.
  • Reserved. The revolution is coming!
  • I certainly have zero plans on updating my SP3.  I'll wait 364 days before I make my decision.  :)
  • One the 364th day you only have One day to enjoy Windows 10!
  • Its a free upgrade before July 29 2016, not a free for a year upgrade
  • Oh to be a thickie like you :D
  • If I had money, I would stock up on Windows 8 tablets before 10 hits.   But I don't, so I'll have to buy a Surface 3 (I'll likely not have the money for a pro) and hope that it lasts for at least four years, unless Microsoft releases a 10.1 that fixes the hybrid interaction.
  • If the Windows 8.1 Pro goes on sale due to 10.X soon release date I'll purchase of 8.1 for future use.  I'm not conviced 10.x is the way I want to go for me.  But time will tell.
  • Awesome I'm a fan of windows
  • It doesn't bother me I'll leave it
  • People have fear of change. I had Windows 7 PC, when windows 8 came out I immediately updated. Sure there were changes but it did not take much time to get used to. I never understood the extreme criticism of Windows 8. People priase Windows 7 but they never noticed the performance boost with Win 8. That for me is the most important feature no need mention others like custom refresh image. Now new windows hasn't released yet and educated illeterares are claiming that its would be bad without even trying.
  • don't be an enabler windowscentral, we want as many people to upgrade as possible!!
  • I think it's subjective, I'm planning to upgrade my 2010 laptop to WIndows 10 but not my brand new 2015 gaming laptop.
  • What, and not upgrade to DX12, are you high?
  • Is there an echo in here? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • what about people that had windows 10 preview from the start that dont have above vista  do we get a free windows 10  for helpping them
  • windows 10 preview gets updated to the full windows 10 on july 29.
  • Who wants to do this?!?!?
  • Meanwhile I still dont have the option to reserve my copy :(
  • The laptop (14" Dell w/Touch, originally 8, now 8.1) will likely get this. Will wait and see on the 7 machines. Especially with the MC removal, as noted, and simply the rock solid, familiar, base they form. At least it sounds like I could wait a good 9 months for a majority of bugs to get worked out and then move up. ;)
  • Oh, that particular update keeps giving me an error when trying to install, I have searched for help online but nothing, maybe it might be because I enrolled in the insider program and have not downloaded the preview yet
  • Can we just download the ISO file instead updating with Windows Updates? 3 gigs are quite big
  • The 29th of July is toooo far.. cant wait to get rid of my w7. I love the modern feel of windows 10.
  • Will I be required to install all the drivers again after updating to windows 10 or everything will remain intact like graphics driver, audio etc..??
  • This is excellent. I have a few friends who are annoyed by this and want to get rid of it. Thanks, Mauro!
  • I'll totally reserve it! I think Windows 10 week be the best OS at least for 2 years! And I think Microsoft are doing very well not only with the free upgrade, but also with that they've stayed listening to what people want. ​
  • I like and use WMC to record TV. I am not going to "erase" this fine program from my or other family members HTPC's.
  • Just dont click on the damn thing. Is that so beyond the capalities of the peputually pissed off?   Jesus, it's like you are really getting at MS because you blow a stack about being offered a free upgrade, as if the very offer violated your purity.
  • Does the email that you enter in the reservation matter? I sign-up for the upgrade and enter the same email address for both of my pc. there's no explanation if you have to use different email address at all.
  • Why haven't I gotten the update that enables this? I'm on Windows 7 Ultimate and have SP1 as MS requires but I'm missing update KB3035583.
  • I reserved my copy! A wild Windows logo appeared on my talk bar and I didn't even hesitate about clicking it and reserving it.
  • This is NOT a solution, because the next time you run update it will be right back.  If you try to use the Right Click and hide update, eventually it will come back, just like the Skype install for Windows 7.   In my opinion, this is  a sucker-punch way of getting people onto Windows 10.   I am not a fan of Windows 10.  We have 8 computers, running 7,8,8.1 we also use Media Center.  This will be a damn night-mare trying to make sure none of the household clicks this install button.  In my opinion, if people want to install it they should be allowed to go to a site and manually download it.  Plus, will this be an ISO file, if you need to re-install in the future?  As far as I am concerned this is the ultimate scam.   And I can already hear all the fanbois, with why wouldn't you want it, it is so great, and you will be technically left behind, blah, blah, blah.  Well, I for one don't like it, don't think it is great, I don't think it is an improvement, and a year from now, given a choice to purchase Windows 10 over 7, 8, or 8.1, Windows 10 doesn't even equate. Just my two cents worth.  Will they provide support to reinstall all those accidental installs, or maybe there will be a class action suit filed.  OMG  
  • and when that update shows up again you just right click it and click "hide". Goodbye update.
  • removed the KB file as shown in this article, asked me to rebbot to make changes, did that, and it re-appeared, lol, can't seem to remove this windows 10 advertisment!
  • oh hell yes im gonna install this on day one!!
  • How to know am I is enterprise version of windows ?
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  • Get windows 10 app is not getting opened..
    When I try to open it.. It flashes and goes off..
    Any one having same problem..
    Pls do tell me the solution guys..
  • Down the road, the only way I'm installing W10, on my current desktop, is via a clean install. Upgrading to it via download, from 8.1, is likely to cause a whole slew of error messages and incompatabilities.
  • My Windows 7 PC with an OTA antenna recording TV shows in Windows Media Center is still chugging along.  I'll keep it Windows 7 until someone else invents a better DVR.  Thanks for the tip on how to remove the program.
  • So, this can't be removed/hidden without cancelling the reservation? It's more annoying as I can't check for updates without seeing this. I saw my updates for a few seconds, then a big Win10 thing draws over it...
  • For the past two days, I've thought that some virus or some hacker was invading my computer. I did a search about this tonight and found this article. This was a terrible move that Microsoft made. I followed the directions of this article and removed that update from my computer. Thanks for writing this.!
  • Hi all i am new here and signed up just to reply to this post ( I'll never use 8 or 10. I don't like the looks of the new interface and don't want my computer screen looking like a smartphone. ) for me windows xp was the best OS Microsoft ever did, i use windows 7 now and have no intention of moving to wins 10, now i found the update KB3035583 throw control panel & removed it, but on my next reboot it's returned , setting there in my tray laughing at me, i have even tried hiddening it BUT no luck, so can some one surest any other ways of removing it ? thank you..
  • I have had the same problem, the Windows 10 logo icon in the system tray has returned and so has the installed programe KB3035583. I have done as explained, cancelled my request and deleted the program upgrade from my computer. Done a reboot and all was fine but the next day the icon was back and so was the program upgrade KB3035583...I had to do everything again but I fear it will all be back the same tomorrow. Anyone any advice as to how this can be done for good without it returning....there appears to be no point just removing the icon if the Windows 10 program keeps re installing itself with it.  Thanks    
  • I don't need to cancel.
  • The windows 10 icon has been disappeared from the notification bar and i wanted to disable the copy the first release of the same how can i do so?  
  • HI!!!  I need some help!! The thing is that i have windows 7 and a few weeks ago the icon offering windows 10 reservation appeard on my desktop. I reserved windows 10. But yesterday, for other reasons, I had make a sistem recuperation from the internal partition, re/installing windows to its original out of box satus. I have made since then a lot of actualizations rom windwos update. In fact, update KB3035583 appears to be installed. But, when i want to chek if wondos 10 is reserved, the icon doesnt appears on my desktop. Any idea?
  • Try to unistall the update & reinstall & then reboot your PC. Remember: 1. If you are Win7 user you need to get installed the following updated: KB3035583 & KB2952664 2. If you are Win8.1 user you need these to be installed: KB3035583 & KB2976978
  • Indeed a really nice article & very well executed...!
  • What if you installed 10, found out it blows chunks, revert back to 7 Pro, but think, "well, let's wait until all the bugs are worked out by all the fools whose computers got bogged down and lost needed utilities, bitched enough until MS finally got it right, then take another chance & re-install it to see if it's actually worth waiting nearly an hour and a half to install"? 10 did not impress me in the far. I'll wait a few more months and *maybe* try it again.
  • Well thank you for a Realistic Usage of it and not this fantasy XBOX users that have ruined all good about a PC and now i sit on a SLow Console...  hit me up when you make the move.. I see you sense means it is SENSE to move forward.. am concerned though now google are spererating themselves from EVERYONE... will it be sensible then to move to IE(CONTRA or what ever)...  or do i go back to sir Crash alot Win7 and Firefox... so many optiosn boy WHY oh why did win xp fail so bad...
  • This didn't work.
    Cancelled the reservation, deinstalled the update, rebooted, and the first action of Windows Updater is still to start downloading W10.
    So I cannot stop the W10 download, and I also cannot install any other updates. Deeply unimpressed.
  • Worked for me.
  • This won't work for me
  • I'm avoiding the windows 10 as I see it, its a flawed os once again that secretly sneaks your personal info out and disables itself despite having legit  copy of games from 2012 (cd protection) and countless other problems, so windows 7 all the way for, at least I have a secure os which win 10 severly lacks in since it steals you personal info.
  • There is a quite legitimate reason to decline the upgrade, and that is that it hoses some older applications that you may be still using regularly.  I went through this experience.  I ended up reformatting and reloading Win 7 from scratch -- not one of my favorite experiences.  If you are using only applications that are a couple of years old, then you might be Okay.  But do not assume that some tried-and-true app from 2010 is going to run on Win 10, there's a good chance that it won't. And I can tell you that one application that will not run in Win 10 is Visual Studio 2010.  
  • I don't think I want Microsoft to experiment my software. I'm perfectly content with my 8.1 and will stay that way until I'm totally forced to get the upgrade. There are many things in 8.1 that I like and want to keep. I've just finished uninstalling update KB303558. The Windows 10 upgrade icon is gone and that's that!! 
  • I sat on it for a while and listened to what people said but then I thought it could offer me some ease of use so I went for it. 
    I followed the instructions and restarted my computer. Worst thing ever, I filled in the boxes then get a message turn off the computer or troubleshoot....I don't know you are supposed to be guiding me, not the other way about, so I turned it of and back on again....that should fix it. Yeah and that is the joke,I tried that three times before I gave up, I couldn't get the thing to install the program!!
    I even turned off Bitdefender as I heard that can cause problems with the install.....that worked out really well, I had to reinstall it as I could not get it to switch back on. Is Microsoft so soft in the head it cannot tell you in advance of anything that can cause problems as all I get is an error message that may as well be written in Arabic for all I know about it. I have heard stories on forums to say that some people have had to uninstall multiple programs to get it to take but MS are remaining schtum about that. Why is it some guy working in his basement/garden shed can download whatever they want onto my computer first time every time yet the company who makes the operating system fails consistently? Eventually I had to do a system restore to get windows 10 out of the way but it took me a while finding the above information to stop the reminder bringing my computer out of sleep mode. I would put the computer into sleep mode and go to bed only to wake up in the morning and find it back on. Using this fix stopped that. Only problem now is how do I get rid of Windows 10 from my computer, as it asks every time I switch my computer on from full switch off, if I want to get started installing it?
  • My reason for uninstalling the update is that Windows 10 is not compatible with the processor on the device on which it appears. I have already tried to upgrade but it failed and now the app has reappeared.
  • I will not be updating . Why would I want to be an unpaid Beta Tester for Microsoft. It is all about TRUST. Microsoft did not ask me if they could include a harrassment prompt in one of their updates to upgrade my perfectly working Windows 8 operating system to a new un-tested operating system that may cause problems with finding drivers that work with Windows 10. Also who does Microsoft think they are to dictate what operating system I have to have with no choice when I eventually buy a new p.c. or laptop. I am happy with Windows 7 but no now I have to put up with Windows 10 and then have to learn how to operate it similar with OFFICE having massive changes needing a user to struggle to re-learn and why do older Access database programs no longer run on newer Access releases then requiring the user to spend hours reprograming their database program to get it to work again. If I update it will be on a virtualisation box so it does not stuff up my working windows 8.1. Either VMWARE or Virtaul Box. It is a different concept hypervisor virtualisation it took me a while to get my thinking around it when studying Server 2012 . 
  • I appreciate the effort to write this article. But read more widely - Windows 10 is currently anything but 'awesome' (I'm talking about now, six months after this article was written) and I resent having to expend so much effort to prevent Microsoft wrecking current installations of their OS that I have already paid for. The re-appearance in December 2015 for maybe the third or fourth time of KB3035583 (Install the Get Windows 10 app) and the other repeated re-introductions of OS updates designed solely to force Windows 10 upgrades on to Win7 or Win8 users without their permission, are ample evidence that Microsoft has little intention of really supporting the interests of existing customers on Windows 7 or Windows 8. The path to Windows 10, extensive telemetry and improved opportunities for delivering advertisements through the OS are a financial incentive that appears to be overriding the actual needs of Microsoft's customers. I've already had to pay the broadband usage penalty fee to my provider for the month where three machines in my home independently downloaded Windows 10 images without my knowledge and broke my monthly limit. I've spent too long in 2015 screening the OS updates from Microsoft and making extensive use of 3rd party tools that support blocking Windows 10. Even a casual reading of forums for the use of Windows 10 makes it clear that a stable Windows 7 installation is substantially superior to anything Windows 10 would bring. I work in IT and know this area reasonably well - for regular, non-IT folk, I find it hard to imagine how they can reasonably avoid what Microsoft is doing here (and I assume that is why Microsoft have done this). But on these more informed forums, can we at least not pretend that a forced upgrade to Windows 10 right now is somehow a 'good thing' for customers who have their requirements met by their existing Windows 7 or Windows 8 installations?
  • Here is my little tool that everyone can download and use free of charge. I have named it "GWX Bouncer", because it will bounce Windows 10 banner whenever it shows up again you download and run it. Enjoy!
  • I'm just replying to this because of several comments I've seen here... People asking why you would want to cancel your resveration/notification. Personally I've learned through personal experience's that upgrading isn't always the best idea - Yes people say windows 10 is wonderful, but in my eyes it's like another windows Vista. I've upgraded before and been screwed - Now I finally have a good copy of windows (7), and while my computer is older - 6ish years, my computer wouldn't be able to handle a new update to it anyways. So yes I don't want to have stupid pop ups to remind me of something I'm not going to do to my computer. In the future when I buy a whole new computer - then yes that will be time to upgrade, but I'd rather stick with something that's worked well for me so far.   So yes there are multiple reason's not to upgrade personally - and I can totally understand any other reason to not upgrade.
  • The reason many incl me is that we probably have to upgrade our motherboards to get Wind 10.Mine is from 2012.I would like to go to w10 but i have to get a new motherboard etc.Pref i would choose gigabyte with 1151.It sais that my pc is compatable...but the ASROCK SITE sais what the hell is going on with you microsoft.Instead of issuing a Windows 10 upgrade adviser assistant that gives full details of each wind 7 has.shame on you.
  • My Desktop has window 7. I do not ever want to change. I do not need anything new on it. Out Laptop was change and it ruined the computer. Time to buy another??? Thanks Microsoft for destroying it. It was perfect till it downloaded. Why spend money on something you don't need??