Windows 10 isn't for everyone. Some of us prefer to keep the stable Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 we know and love, and might not upgrade at all. Let's see how to completely remove the Windows 10 Upgrade Icon from the Taskbar / Systray, and block it from reappearing.
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How did the Windows 10 upgrade icon Appear
The application that shows the Windows 10 upgrade icon was installed as part of the KB3035583 Windows update, first issued on mid-April. In late May it started showing the Windows 10 upgrade icon, probably not to spoil the surprise.
Even though the description is accurate on the Microsoft Website, the Windows Update description is completely misleading.
This update doesn't resolve any issue whatsoever in Windows. Unless Microsoft considers it an issue if we don't want to upgrade to Windows 10, and they can't learn everything about us.
How to remove the Windows 10 upgrade icon
To remove the Windows 10 upgrade icon, we need to uninstall the KB3035583 update.
First, we access Windows Update. A fast way is by pressing Win + R and typing:
We then click the "Installed Updates" on the lower left.
We need to click on the "Name" column title to arrange the updates by name.
Then we look alphabetically for the:
Update for Microsoft Windows (KB3035583)
We right-click on it and select Uninstall.
To complete the uninstallation, we need to reboot our PC.
And, that's it. The Windows 10 upgrade icon is gone.
However, is it gone for good?
How to prevent the Windows 10 upgrade icon from reappearing
Microsoft definitely can't take a hint. Even though we uninstalled the update, which should be a clear sign that we don't want it installed, next time Windows checks for updates, it will reinstall it, and we 're back to square one.
To make sure we never see the Windows 10 upgrade icon again, we need to hide the update.
We open Windows Update again and check for updates.
Surely enough, at least 1 important update will be available. We click on the link.
If among any other updates there is the KB3035583 update, we right-click it and hide it.
That's it. Unless we unhide the update, we will never get the Windows 10 upgrade icon on our system again.
Do I need the Windows 10 upgrade icon at all?
As we have covered on our upgrade to Windows 10 guide, the Windows 10 upgrade icon and the reservation aren't necessary at all to upgrade to Windows 10.
So, there isn't a single reason to unhide the KB3035583 update if we later change our mind and want to upgrade to Windows 10.
That's Microsoft for you.
Did you have trouble to remove the Windows 10 upgrade icon?
If anything in this guide didn't work as described, and you couldn't remove the Windows 10 upgrade icon, leave us a comment.
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