Permanently Removing the ‘Get Windows 10’ Icon in Your System Tray

Get Windows 10

Some of us are quite happy to stick with Windows 7. After all, it’s supported by Microsoft until 2020. So the ‘Get Windows 10’ icon in your system tray can be a bit of an annoyance. On the other hand, you may not want to update to Windows 10 just yet until some of the early bugs have been ironed out.

A number of posts have appeared over the past few months with instructions on how to remove the ‘Get Windows 10’ system tray icon but not many tell you how to remove it permanently. The problem is, Microsoft considers it an important update, and once you’ve uninstalled it, it reappears back in your system tray as early as the next system reboot. Here’s how to permanently remove it. It’s a two-step process.

Uninstall the update

To uninstall the ‘Get Windows 10’ update in Windows 7, go to Start, Control Panel, Programs and Features, and select View installed updates. Then hit Ctrl-F and search for the update ‘KB3035583’. Once you have found it, right click on it and select Uninstall.

After this, you will be prompted to reboot or postpone that till later. I suggest postpone for 4 hours to give the system time to realise it’s missing this so called important update. You’ll know when Windows wants to reinstall it because when you click Start, the Shut down button will have an exclamation mark indicating that important updates will be installed on reboot. Now is the time to stop that particular update.

Hide the ‘Get Windows 10 update’

So don’t reboot. Instead go back to Start, Control Panel, Windows Update and you will see that important updates are available, in my case just the one. We are now going to hide that update so it is ignored for update in future. By the way, you can also see that if you change your mind you can restore hidden updates in the left panel.

Get Windows 10 - Update available

So click on ‘1 important update is available’. This will show that KB3035583 is available to install. There may be others as well.

Get Windows 10 - Hide Update

Right click on update KB3035583 and chose Hide update, then close the window.

Now when you reboot, this update will not be reinstalled and you will no longer have to suffer that ‘Get Windows 10’ nag screen.

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