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Microsoft Releases Update to Permanently Remove Get Windows 10

After months of persistence trying to get as many Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 installations to upgrade to Windows 10; Microsoft finally released an update to remove its Get Windows 10 App software. The update removes all associated updates that facilitated the advertisement and installation of Windows 10 on qualifying systems. Windows 10, launched in 2015, is the latest release of Microsoft’s desktop operating system.

Microsoft offered users running Windows 7 or 8.1 the opportunity to upgrade for free within the first year of release. This guaranteed free upgrades to future revisions of Windows 10 throughout the life of the device. The OS focuses on software as a service, delivering updates and functionality as they become available; instead of the traditional three-year revisions, users were accustomed to in the past.

Get Windows 10 App Finally Removed by Microsoft

The GWX app became quite controversial during its availability. The apps behavior confused users triggering upgrades without consent, resulting in anger and frustration. A cottage industry of workarounds and third party apps became available to block and remove the app, but consistent updates kept bypassing some of these efforts. According to Microsoft, the update intended to remove the GWX app replaces several previously released updates associated with it.

  • KB 3035583 — Update installs Get Windows 10 app in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1

  • KB 3064683 — Windows 8.1 OOBE modifications to reserve Windows 10

  • KB 3072318 — Update for Windows 8.1 OOBE to upgrade to Windows 10

  • KB 3090045 — Windows Update for reserved devices in Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 SP1

  • KB 3123862 — Updated capabilities to upgrade Windows 8.1 and Windows 7

  • KB 3173040 — Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1 end of free upgrade offer notification

  • KB 3146449 — Updated Internet Explorer 11 capabilities to upgrade Windows 8.1 and Windows 7

Via Microsoft

In late July, Microsoft launched the third revision of Windows 10, dubbed the Anniversary Update. Users who embraced Windows 10, got the privilege of receiving the upgrade for free, while those who refused it require the purchase of a full license. Microsoft later promised they would remove the Get Windows 10 app on the systems with a future update. Even though GWX stopped advertising Windows 10, the app was still popping up on systems prompting users to upgrade. Users who missed the deadline have been able to take advantage of loopholes to still get the upgrade. It’s not known if Microsoft has closed this opportunity for users who eventually changed their minds.

Microsoft is currently working on the next major revision of Windows 10, currently codenamed Redstone 2. The update focuses on user education and service delivery of updates. Users running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, can obtain the software to remove GWX through Windows Update.

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3 Responses to Microsoft Releases Update to Permanently Remove Get Windows 10

  1. Jim Sharp September 22, 2016 at 8:55 am #

    ‘Burn me once shame on you, burn me twice, shame on me’

    Thanks but no thanks Microsoft…..I lost all faith and trust in your company years ago and will be buying a Mac when you stop updates on Win 7!

    • Stef September 28, 2016 at 7:54 pm #

      ME TOO!! LOVE mu Mac and none of this crap to deal with. Tried to install Windows 10 three times WITH customer support and failed each time rendering my laptop useless. SO MAD as now I have to pay someone to help me. They were useless and this update is absurd …LOVE my Mac

  2. holdum333 September 23, 2016 at 10:52 pm #

    Hey Jim Sharp! There are many that feel the same way you do, and that is very sad. It seems you still have a few years to get updates for W7. I’m thinking you have some time to change your mind Jim. I upgraded to W10 and so far I’m loving it, but that could change at any time. LMAO
    PS Thanks Andre for another great blog! Not my first rodeo Andre. You are appreciated my friend!

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