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How to Make the Windows 10 Upgrade Icon Show Up

Windows 10 is officially being released to everyone on July 29th and you can reserve your copy now if you’re running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1. However, there are a lot of people out there who, even though they have all Windows Updates, still do not have the upgrade app showing up.

There have been a lot of different ways that people have been able to get the icon, but just the other day, a couple Microsoft Community Moderators/MVPs posted an easy fix to the problem.

Note that this tool was not created by Microsoft, and there are no guarantees that it will work for everyone. Also, it does make a change to the Registry, so make sure to back up your system or, more importantly, back up the Registry before running it.

As Microsoft community Moderator Susan Susan Bradly states: “Please note this tool is not officially from Microsoft is not sanctioned by them but it has been reviewed by me, is not malicious and certainly makes it easier to get the process done.”

Make the Windows 10 Upgrade Icon Display on Windows 7 or 8.1

Download the from Dropbox. You will need compression software utility like 7zip to extract the bat file to a convenient location on your computer. I have scanned this with VirusTotal – which checks it against 57 antivirus utilities, and zero malware is detected.

Right-click on the extracted file: win 10fix_ful.bat and select Run as administrator.

Now follow the onscreen instructions. First, the introduction to the app, and disclaimer (make sure to read it carefully), and to accept the disclaimer, press any key to continue. I have ran this on two Windows 7 computers and one Windows 8.1 system, and it worked every time.

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However, if you are hesitant to run this for any reason, simply don’t, and wait until Microsoft comes up with a fix, or wait until the official launch on July 29th.

Next you will see the following screen about qualifications.

On the next screen, select 1 > Check Update Status and hit Enter.

Wait while your updates are checked and that you have the correct one installed, which is KB3035583.

Press any key to return back to the main menu and this time hit 2 > Quick-Method #1 [JC from] and hit Enter.

This is where the Registry will be changed, and when finished, you should see the Windows 10 upgrade icon on your system tray after a couple seconds.

If it worked, close out of the Command Line window and use it to reserve your copy of Windows 10 upgrade.

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It will also allow you to check you to check if your PC is capable of running Windows 10.

If this tool doesn’t work on your computer for some reason, make sure to check out this Microsoft Community post for more suggestions.

For more on how the new desktop OS, make sure to read our article: Your Windows 10 Questions Answered. Or, for more in-depth conversations about all things Windows 10, check out the Windows 10 Forums.

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17 Responses to How to Make the Windows 10 Upgrade Icon Show Up

  1. Chris Clayton June 11, 2015 at 10:03 am #

    I carried out all stages of this procedure and tried all the fixes, waiting over an hour for the last one to take effect. Nothing worked. I am still without the icon an the W10 upgrade app. I have tried other fixes too. What now? What is the best place to find the latest suggestions? The MS Community Forum now seems out of date.

    Windows 8.1 with all updates.


  2. Ron Lund June 11, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

    I don’t get it. I have two computers running win 7 that do not show the upgrade icon for Win 10 in the system tray like they are supposed to. So……I try to remedy this problem using your technique. However, when I get to the point to run the .bat file I’m rejected because it says I don’t have administrator privileges although I’m logged in on both computers as an administrator. What’s worse…..when I right click on the .bat file I do not get the “Run as an administrator” option in the drop down menu either. I’m going nuts here trying to figure out what the heck is going on with these computer’s configurations. A little help here????

    • Anthony Darnick September 16, 2015 at 8:26 pm #

      Some applications can restrict admin permissions for a short period of time. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know. It’s annoying, but look at task manager and see if there are any unwanted background processes. Hope this helps 🙂

  3. Maurice Miller June 14, 2015 at 9:51 am #

    Click on Start >> Run…

    A window should pop-up with the message:

    This task will be created with administrative privileges.

  4. Graham Gambier June 15, 2015 at 1:12 am #

    Good job. The process ran as described and I now have the Windows 10 upgrade icon. Thank you!

  5. JJ June 20, 2015 at 10:56 pm #

    why do you have to run all this trouble, just for a icon, and i already had the requirement and the icon doesn’t show up ?

  6. arvind bhardwaj July 17, 2015 at 8:08 am #

    thank you so much……100% work for me

  7. Uren July 28, 2015 at 11:59 pm #

    i have tried all method but it still not showing tje win10 icon.
    what can i do now??

    • taco bob August 16, 2015 at 3:24 am #

      check your upgrade status. if it says some upgrades are missing you need to get those updates. once you have those updates try a method and it should work immediately with the quick method

  8. hmmm July 30, 2015 at 6:59 am #

    The dropbox link seems to be broken for me. Anywhere else to get this .bat file?

    • Agree July 31, 2015 at 5:31 am #

      I got the same problem, the link is broken please someone fix this or reply me with the right link please as I really want windows 10.

  9. Cy Clone August 2, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

    I would love to run the zip file but it is no longer available in Dropbox. How else can I get it to check my Win7 devices to see if they can be upgraded to Win 10

    • Marktime August 3, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

      Google is your friend.

  10. Marktime August 4, 2015 at 2:34 am #

    PackardBell Notebook loaded with Win 7. Ms tells me this version not supported, howevah….all checked out, OEM licensed 6.1-7xxx, etc.

    Went the long route, took an ice age, >1hr but got there in the end. Now happily, (I hope!) downloading win10.

    Thanks for your help.

  11. Mathew James October 18, 2015 at 11:27 am #

    This Is Nonsense. I’m gonna wait for Microsoft.

  12. John Pickerton May 8, 2016 at 9:31 am #

    Hi! I came across a problem and a question… First, I would like to know if I upgrade to windows 10, will I lose any applications, data etc.? Next, upon checking for updates in the CMD application, I had 2 errors… CMD said:
    “Checking for appropriate update installation status…

    Windows 7 detected…

    Checking for update KB3035583…
    Update KB3035583 is missing!

    Checking for update KB2952664…
    Update KB2952664 is missing!

    You are missing 2 update(s).
    Press any key to return to the main menu…”

    What should I do? Please respond urgently, and Thank you.

    John Pickerton

  13. arpit June 11, 2016 at 1:55 am #

    “Checking for appropriate update installation status…

    Windows 8+ detected…

    Checking for update KB3035583…
    Update KB3035583 is missing!

    Checking for update KB3035583…
    Update KB2952664 is missing!

    You are missing 2 update(s).
    Press any key to return to the main menu…”

    give solution please…

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