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How to Make the Windows 10 Upgrade Icon Show Up

Windows 10 will be released on July 29th, and the company added the upgrade icon so you can reserve your copy. Here’s what to do if it isn’t showing 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 of 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 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 a 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 of the app, and disclaimer (make sure to read it carefully.) To accept the disclaimer, press any key to continue. I have run 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. 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 to the main menu and this time hit 2 > Quick-Method #1 [JC from answers.microsoft.com] and hit Enter.

This screen is where the Registry will be changed. When finished, you should see the Windows 10 upgrade icon in your system tray after a couple of seconds.

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

Get Windows 10 Icon

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 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.


18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Chris Clayton  

    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.

    clayto

  2. Ron Lund  

    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  

      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  

    Click on Start >> Run…

    A window should pop-up with the message:

    This task will be created with administrative privileges.

  4. Graham Gambier  

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

  5. JJ  

    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  

    thank you so much……100% work for me

  7. Uren  

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

    • taco bob  

      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  

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

    • Agree  

      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  

    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  

      Google is your friend.

  10. Marktime  

    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  

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

  12. John Pickerton  

    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. “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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