Get Windows 10 (gwx.exe) Uninstall / Removal

Many are plagued by Microsoft’s shameless promotion using their own distributed adware disguised as an important Windows update. package

Many are not anxious to jump on the subscription-based software band-wagon and be forced to pay annual fees later (most don’t read that far).

Don’t be fooled by that “free upgrade” offer. It’s only free for the first year, after which you are paying as long as you continue using the software. They are giving it free for the first year to saturate the user-base thereby increasing profit margins exponentially the following years.

Follow these simple steps to remove the “Get Windows 10” task-bar icon…

  1. Open Windows Update
  2. Click “View Update History”
  3. Click “Installed Updates”
  4. Search for: KB3035583
  5. Right-click “Update for Microsoft Windows (KB3035583)” and choose “Uninstall”
  6. Return to Windows Update and click “Check for Updates”
  7. Right-click “Update for Windows [version] Systems (KB3035583)” and choose “Hide update”

Unless Microsoft pushes another update that does the same thing (unlikely) you will no longer being pushed to upgrade 🙂

This post was written primarily for Windows Vista Professional, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8 users which still have plenty of support left in their life cycles.


Operating System Latest Update Mainstream Support Extended Support
Windows XP Service Pack 3 April 14, 2009 April 8, 2014
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 April 10, 2012 April 11, 2017
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 January 13, 2015 January 14, 2020
Windows 8 Windows 8.1 January 9, 2018 January 10, 2023
Windows 10 N/A October 13, 2020 October 14, 2025
  • Mainstream: 5 years (minimum) from date of general availability.
    • Example: You buy Windows and five years later another version is released, you still have two years of support left for the prior.
  • Extended: 5 years (minimum) from date of general availability.

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