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.
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 win10fix_full.zip 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.
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 answers.microsoft.com] 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.
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.