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    Remove Get Windows 10 Icon from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1

    How to Remove 'Get Windows 10' Icon from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1
    Published by Category: General Tips
    31 Mar 2017
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    How to Remove 'Get Windows 10' Icon from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1

    information   Information
    PCs that Microsoft determines cannot run Windows 10 will not see the Get Windows 10 app before July 29, 2015. After July 29, 2015, Microsoft will enable the icon in the system tray. This is to help ensure that you can easily check your PC’s compatibility if you choose.

    The Get Windows 10 (GWX) app helps you understand your Windows 10 upgrade options and device readiness, and gives you the opportunity to get a free copy of Windows 10.

    For more details, see:


    This tutorial will show you how to hide or remove the 'Get Windows 10' (GWX) icon on the taskbar in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 if you do not wish to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

    Tip   Tip


    warning   Warning
    Microsoft will only offer the free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualifying Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs and tablets until the end of July 2016.

    After this date, you will have to pay for Windows 10 if you did not take advantage of the free Upgrade to Windows 10 update in Windows Update or Get Windows 10 app.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Remove Windows 10 Upgrade Offer using KB3184143 Update
    • Option Two: To Hide 'Get Windows 10' Notification Area Icon
    • Option Three: To Hide or Show 'Get Windows 10' Notification Area Icon using Task Scheduler
    • Option Four: To Disable 'Get Windows 10' using a REG file


    EXAMPLE: Get Windows 10 app and icon on taskbar
    Remove Get Windows 10 Icon from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1-gwx.png
    Remove Get Windows 10 Icon from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1-windows_10_upgrade_offer.jpg
    Remove Get Windows 10 Icon from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1-gwx_ended.png






    OPTION ONE

    To Remove Windows 10 Upgrade Offer using KB3184143 Update


    1. Install the KB3184143 update in Windows Update.

    For more details, see: Remove software related to the Windows 10 free upgrade offer - KB3184143






    OPTION TWO

    To Hide 'Get Windows 10' Notification Area Icon


    Note   Note
    This option will show you how to hide or show the Get Windows 10 icon on the taskbar notification area for only your user account.

    This way the Get Windows 10 app is not removed from the PC, and you will be able to use it when you like in the future.

    warning   Warning
    Hiding the Get Window 10 app icon on the taskbar notification area is only temporary.

    If you log out and in or restart the computer, it will show again.


    1. Open your Notification Area Icons settings.

    2. Uncheck the Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar box.

    3. Set the GWX Get Windows 10 icon to Hide icon and notifications, and click/tap on OK.

    Remove Get Windows 10 Icon from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1-hide_get_windows_10.png

    4. If you like, you may also wish to enable or disable Upgrade to Windows 10 in Windows Update.






    OPTION THREE

    To Hide or Show 'Get Windows 10' Notification Area Icon using Task Scheduler


    Note   Note
    You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

    This option will show you how to hide or show the Get Windows 10 icon on the taskbar notification area for all users on the PC.

    This way the Get Windows 10 app is not removed from the PC, and you will be able to use it when you like in the future.


    1. Press the Windows+R keys to open the Run command, type taskschd.msc, and click/tap on OK to open Task Scheduler.

    2. In the left pane of Task Scheduler, expand open and navigate to the gwx folder below. (see screenshots below)

    Task Scheduler Library/Microsoft/Windows/Setup/gwx


    3. Do step 4 (show) or step 5 (hide) below for what you would like to do.


     4. To Show Get Windows 10 icon on Taskbar Notification Area

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) In the middle pane of gwx, right click on the launchtrayprocess task, and click/tap on Enable. (see screenshot below)

    B) In the middle pane of gwx, right click on the refreshgwxconfig task, and click/tap on Enable. (see screenshot below)

    C) In the middle pane of gwx, right click on the launchtrayprocess task, and click/tap on Run. (see screenshot below)

    Remove Get Windows 10 Icon from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1-enable_taskschd.png


     5. To Hide Get Windows 10 icon on Taskbar Notification Area

    A) In the middle pane of gwx, right click on the launchtrayprocess task, and click/tap on Disable. (see screenshot below)

    B) In the middle pane of gwx, right click on the refreshgwxconfig task, and click/tap on Disable. (see screenshot below)

    Remove Get Windows 10 Icon from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1-disable_taskschd.png

    6. When finished, close Task Scheduler.

    7. Log off and on to Windows, or restart the computer to apply.

    8. If you like, you may also wish to enable or disable Upgrade to Windows 10 in Windows Update.






    OPTION FOUR

    To Disable 'Get Windows 10' using a REG file


    Note   Note
    You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

    This option will show you how to enable or disable to show the Get Windows 10 icon on the taskbar notification area and the Windows 10 upgrade reminder for all users on the PC.

    This way the Get Windows 10 app is not removed from the PC when disabled, and you will be able enable it again to use it when you like in the future.


    The .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD and String values in the registry keys below.

    (GWX icon)
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\GWX

    DisableGWX DWORD

    0 or delete = Enable
    1 = Disable

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\GWX.exe

    Debugger String Value

    <delete> = Enable
    Debugger = Disable


    1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Enable Get Windows 10

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Enable_Get_Windows_10.reg

    Download


     3. To Disable Get Windows 10

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Disable_Get_Windows_10.reg

    Download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. Restart the computer to apply.

    8. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

    9. If you like, you may also wish to enable or disable Upgrade to Windows 10 in Windows Update.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. f14tomcat's Avatar
    Posts : 47,383
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       #1

    Fourth Method of Temporarily Disabling 10 Upgrade


    @Brink, there is another quick way of temporarily disabling the tray icon for Windows 10 Upgrade Offer in Windows 7 & 8.1. It does not involve registry or uninstalling updates. There is a Task Schedule entry that starts the tray launcher for the Upgrade Offer.

    Remove Get Windows 10 Icon from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1-2015-06-01_15h10_18.png

    Go to Control Panel and search for task....

    Remove Get Windows 10 Icon from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1-2015-06-01_15h13_53.png

    Navigate to "Windows"....

    Remove Get Windows 10 Icon from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1-2015-06-01_15h16_37.png

    Navigate to "gwx".....


    Remove Get Windows 10 Icon from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1-2015-06-01_15h18_31.png

    Right click first entry and click "disable"....

    Remove Get Windows 10 Icon from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1-2015-06-01_15h20_44.png

    Log Off and Log On again...

    This will prevent the Notification Tray icon from appearing.

    This may be useful for users that are not quite ready to "jump in" and would rather not accidentally click on something.

    Also for users with multiple other people using the system (Family members, etc.) and wish to keep curious fingers away.

    To activate the icon again, simply reverse the "disable" to "enable" and Log Off/Log On.

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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,785
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Thank you Dick. Added as OPTION TWO. :)
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  3. IownAmoneyPit's Avatar
    Posts : 860
    Windows 10 Home/10 Pro x 3/Windows 10 Insider Preview ?
       #3

    @Brink I was also able to reserve my copy of Windows 10 using OPTION TWO via task scheduler after installing the required updates but not yet seeing the "Get Windows 10" icon in the notification area after a few restarts and almost a day of waiting.

    When I used OPTION TWO at Step #4 A) A) In the middle pane of gwx, right click on launchtrayprocess , then I chose Run from right click menu.

    Now I was able to reserve my copy of windows.

    Remove Get Windows 10 Icon from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1-run-task-2.png
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
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       #4

    Yeah, you'll have "Run" instead of "Enable" if the task hadn't been disabled.

    You might also check the items listed in the blue note box at the top of the tutorial below to see if anything may apply. :)

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/6...s-7-8-1-a.html
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  5. IownAmoneyPit's Avatar
    Posts : 860
    Windows 10 Home/10 Pro x 3/Windows 10 Insider Preview ?
       #5

    @Brink The only thing different when satisfying the conditions needed in the blue note box is I have WU set to "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download or install them"
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  6. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,785
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
    Thread Starter
       #6

    That would only matter to help make sure you have the KB3035583 update installed.
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  7. jimbo45's Avatar
    Posts : 9,058
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #7

    Hi there

    Thanks

    A note here to users of W7 / W8.1 -- you CAN start using W10 (build 10130) if you want to -- simply get your W10 reservation as per the tutorial- THEN TAKE AN IMAGE BACKUP. Now install W10 (either update or clean) and restore OLD IMAGE when the official W10 release comes out so you can install your copy of W10.

    I've done this on 3 computers -- imaged them with Acronis backup and restored Windows build 10130 again. After the product is available I'll simply restore my images and download the updates.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  8. Posts : 1,806
    W10 pro x64 Skip Ahead + Edge Dev
       #8

    Would running the specific WinSxS cleanup command Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase prevent this update ever being uninstalled in the future ?
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  9. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
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       #9

    Hello Mooly,

    That's correct as per below. However, you could still do OPTION 2 or 3 in the tutorial to remove the icon though. :)

    http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ows-8-1-a.html

    All existing service packs and updates cannot be uninstalled after this command is completed. This option will not block the uninstallation of future service packs or updates installed.
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