Remove That Windows 10 Upgrade Icon

A fix that takes 5 minutes or less

Delete Windows 10 IconAre you tired of that pesky Windows 10 Upgrade icon that appears at the bottom right of your screen?  Every time you turn on your computer, you’re reminded of how stuck in the past you are!  Or are you?  Today I have a real fix for you, that YOU can do in under 5 minutes.

I actually made a video tutorial explaining how to get rid of this “Upgrade to Windows 10” icon.  That was until, after trying it on several computers, finding the icon just return after a system reboot.

Whaaaaat?!  Microsoft is sly.  Any for what reason?  I like my Windows 7, and personally, don’t intend on upgrading unless there are clear reasons to do so.

Not only are they being sly about this icon, you may not know this: you may actually have the whole Windows 10 package downloaded onto your computer, just waiting for you to “slip up” and say YES, UPGRADE ME ALREADY!  There’s a way to find out if it’s there, but before getting caught up in the technicalities, let me tell you what you need to do to get rid of this.

A small program has been made (probably several programs) to download and run on your computer to do the clean-up.  I’ve found this one to work!  Post your comments, any issues you have with it, or questions in the comments below.

  1. Download the GWX Control Panel here.  This is from CNET.com
  2. Run the .exe file and allow “the program to make changes” to your system
  3. Click Next, Install and then Finish to finish installing (keep the check mark to run the program)
  4. Accept the terms and Continue.
  5. Read and adjust settings (below)
  • The top portion of the screen will show you how your system is currently setup.  The bottom links allow you to change some settings.
  • If you see “Size of Windows Downloads Folder” to be about 4GB, then you have Windows 10 downloaded.  You’ll want to remove that.  You will also want to make sure the icon and downloading is turned off.

Here’s what to change to remove that Windows 10 Upgrade Icon, starting in the top left and going down the 1st column:

  • On the left bottom column, be sure that you either click to disable “Get Windows 10 App (delete icon)” or that it is already grayed out.
  • On Box 2 (going down), if it’s not grayed out, click “delete Windows 10 Download Folder.”
  • For Box 3, Click to “Change Windows Update Setting” but remember that you will now be asked to install updates, which means you’ll need to say YES when your computer wants to update any other file other than those related to Windows 10.  If you don’t want that responsibility, consider leaving this alone (and rely on the next box).
  • In the 4th Box, Click to “disable Non-Critical Windows 10 Settings.”
  • Skip to second column and in box 1, be sure it says “Click to Allow Windows 10 Upgrades.”  If not, Click to disable this so it displays that.
  • If it’s not grayed out, in Box 2, delete any Windows 10 Programs.
  • That’s it (for the basic functions)!
  • Close the GWX Control panel at X (top right) and you should be good to go!

If you have any issues, you can undo what you did or read more about this program on the developers website at http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads.

Mark is an entrepreneur from Greensboro, NC. He began working with WordPress in 2002 and has since been fine-tuning his webpage experience with the designing of e-commerce websites and blogs for businesses. He's a 1998 graduate of Elon College with a BA in Corporate Communications. Mark's a proud father to a 5-year-old daughter and husband to a precious wife.

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