This icon showed up in my taskbar notification area today and I cannot seem to get rid of it:
Clicking on it displays the following screen:
So how do I disable or remove the "Get Windows 10" icon?
If you just want to remove the tray icon until the next restart you can terminate the GWX.exe process using Task Manager.
To get rid of the icon permanently, uninstall KB3035583 which is responsible for these notifications:
Control panel, windows update, installed updates, sort by name, "Update for Microsoft Windows KB3035583" (not a Security Update), uninstall, reboot.
When you're offered the same again via Windows Update remember to hide it.
After uninstalling, if remnants of the update's files are still in
According to TechJourney, you can make a small registry change to prevent the application starting.
This registry key will stop Gwx from starting at boot:
To create this:
Uninstalling and blocking the update from the system (as in other answers) is certainly a cleaner approach, if you don't intend to use it.
The official answer from the FAQ:
But this is not very useful depending on your needs since the GWX.exe process is still running in the background. It simply shoves the icon in the overflow menu for the system tray. It seems silly since this isn't unique to the gwx application, it is part of the OS.
Also, as commenters have pointed out, unlike other icons this setting seems to revert after rebooting the system. Putting the system in sleep mode retains the setting however.
There are various ways to remove the GWX promotion "interactively" (in GUI mode).
On my Win7 environments (in "workgroup" mode) I'm using the below scripts to achieve the following:
"HideWindowsUpdates.vbs" (Kudo http://serverfault.com/a/341318):
Many answers suggest simply hiding the icon (instead of disabling the ad program). Here is a more radical approach: Deny access to this ad program, so the system won't be able to run it.
[See update 3 below for an automated and improved version!]
Close or kill the ad program (if still running): Open the task manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc), select "GWX.exe" and click "End Process".
Find the following file, right-click, Properties, Security:
Edit the permissions, select "Deny" "Full control" for all listed users/groups (or remove them, add "Everyone" and deny full control to everyone).
It turns out that denying access to the GWX directory as described below does not prevent access to the files in that directory on Windows. So the the ad program GWX.exe is still executable and will be run.
Original post (changing permissions for GWX directory only):
Find the following directory, right-click, Properties, Security:
Edit the permissions (see below if grayed out), remove all listed permissions. Add "Everyone" and select "Deny" "Full control". You should now have a list ("Group or user names") with one entry ("Everyone") and all checkboxes in the "Deny" column should be checked.
It you can't change the permissions (buttons disabled / grayed out), take ownership of the directory first. Open the "Command Prompt" as administrator (Start menu, All Programs, Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, "run as administrator"). Make sure you're in your "system32" directory (
If it comes back, double-check the permissions. It seems, the owner is sometimes automatically added back to the list and given full permissions to the GWX directory. Go back to the security settings of that directory and remove entries that grant permissions (checkbox in Allow column).
It seems just changing the permissions of the GWX.exe file might be a bit unreliable. Windows may (apparently) replace that file after a while (probably after another update), at which point the ad will show up again. The new file will have default permissions, the modification is lost. A combination (removing permissions from that file as well as the parent directory) might work better.
Here is a (probably incomplete) list of updates that may try to (re)install this GWX downloader:
Here is a more complete approach. These commands can be copied into a command prompt which is running as administrator (look for "cmd" in the start menu, right-click, run as administrator) or they can be copied into a file that ends with ".bat", which can then be executed (right-click, run as administrator).
Note that Windows uses CRLF linebreaks, so before you copy the bat file to a Windows system, convert it using unix2dos (run
What it does:
After a reboot, it should not reappear (leave a comment if it does).
Hopefully, this should prevent Windows from reinstalling the nagware into this directory.
Note: It appears that this mechanism may not be completely reliable, Windows might be able to reinstall GWX.exe in some cases. The commands listed above may have to be improved.
If there is a certain program on Windows which you don't want to be executed, just tell Windows about it.
Open a command prompt or PowerShell as administrator and run the following.
This adds a new value
This tells Windows whenever
If you ever want to allow
Microsoft can update and enable
Microsoft is also pushing Windows 10 in Windows update, to turn that off run:
and to turn it back on, when you are ready to go 10:
A reboot is required for this to affect the Windows update dialog.
For those who prefer to copy/paste commands rather than clicking around, run this in an elevated Command Prompt or from a
Kill the GWX.exe task:
Disable it for future sessions:
Quick way to get rid of Windows 10
The GWX Control Panel software can allow you to easily disable the Windows 10 icon in the notification area among other Windows 10 upgrade related shenanigans in Windows 7 and 8.
The latest and greatest (and easiest) way to get rid of the icon and prevent the update is Never10:
Just one click to disable. This uses official registry entries to prevent OS upgrades. More technical details here:
This may seem obvious, but have you tried hiding the icon in the task tray icon customization panel?
For those of you that have all of your icons showing, and do not use the "more icons" panel, you can also access the Notification Area Icons settings through the control panel, as this should work regardless of whether or not you use the more icons panel.
To access the settings through the Control Panel, open it and change your "View by" setting to either "Large icons" or "Small icons", and you should then see it listed as one of the options in the panel.
Microsoft has confirmed to WinBeta.org it will soon Remove the use of the Windows 10 upgrade nag.
It will become effective after July 29th 2016
None of the solutions posted here worked reliably for me, as the nagging Windows 10 icon came back after every update. My solution was simple:
Voila, the update nag is gone and Windows Update thinks GWX is still installed, so it doesn't try to reinstall it.
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