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
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.