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Remove Windows 10 Notifications

Turn off those pesky notifications.

Turn off those pesky notifications.

Rid Yourself of the Window 10 Upgrade Notification in Windows 7 and 8

We are reminded everywhere that Windows 10 is coming, your Facebook, Twitter, email, and of course, your computer desktop. This popup notification reminding us of Windows 10 is a marketing campaign that is aggressive. Although there is no virus with the get Windows 10 popup message, is it annoying. There is a way to rid yourself of this notification.

Reason Why Microsoft is Pushing Windows 10

Reasoning for pushing Windows 10 to existing customers is hopes of people abandoning Windows XP. Vista, 7 and 8/8.1. However, getting users off from XP has been difficult, before they can upgrade to Windows 10 they need to upgrade to 7 first.

Microsoft’s dream is to have Windows 10 on mobile Windows devices, Xbox One, and computers. Windows 10, is seen by many as Microsoft’s finial dice roll for desktop computing.

So, because of these reasons Microsoft want to be sure you are aware of an Upgrade to Windows 10. Thus, the pushy ad campaign.

Hide the Notification

Simplest way of managing the Get Windows 10 notification (GWX) is by hiding it. This is done by right clicking your system tray next to the clock, then select Customize notification icons. Look for GWX and switch the setting Behaviors to Hide icon and notification. Click OK, now the notification should be hidden.

To close the notification icon until you restart the PC, right click the task bar and choose Task Manager. Now find and select GWX.exe. Next, click on End Task.

To delete it until another update from Microsoft, open C:\Windows\System32\GWX or for a 64-bit system C:\Windows\SysWOW64\GWX. Delete the folder named GWX.

Delete the Windows Update

Because of the notification coming by Windows Update, it makes sense to uninstall the update. This is quite simple if you know the name. In this case the name is, KB3035583. First, open Command Prompt (Admin) and type in WUSA /UNINSTALL /KB:3035583. Follow the prompts on-screen, when finished type exit and Command Prompt will close.

Keep Windows Update Enabled 

That gives you two ways of removing the notification for Windows 10 upgrade. Both are pretty straightforward. You might be thinking of disabling Windows Update to avoid getting the notification. If you do this, useful updates will be ignored. Instead, set updates for Windows with the option of being able to review them prior to installation.

To accomplish this, open Settings > Change PC Settings > Update and recovery > Windows Update > Choose how updates are installed. Next, set Important updates to Download updates but let me choose whether to install them. 

Keep in mind, if you want Windows 10 upgrade, the simplest way is through Windows Update. Keep your eye out for this update and enjoy it when it comes to a computer near you!

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