Microsoft is removing the Get Windows 10 app from your PC

As promised earlier, Microsoft has started removing its "Get Windows 10" app, also known as GWX, from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs. The application was much hated for its aggressive Windows 10 upgrade push. A Windows Update that removes this app is being rolled out.


free upgrade imageDuring the free upgrade period, which is officially over now, the Get Windows 10 app got several modifications. With every update, it was harder to cancel the upgrade offer for the average user. Using this tactic, Microsoft tried to move everyone to the latest operating system. Their goal was to get everyone to use Store apps based on the Universal Windows Platform.

If you are not familiar with the whole saga of aggressive upgrades, here are a few links for you to see how desperate Microsoft was to force Windows 10 on you:

Now, Microsoft is cleaning the app from users' devices. A new update package, KB3184143, is available to remove the Get Windows 10 app and other software related to the Windows 10 free upgrade offer. According to Microsoft, it will remove the following packages:

KB3035583 - Update installs Get Windows 10 app in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1
KB3064683 - Windows 8.1 OOBE modifications to reserve Windows 10
KB3072318 - Update for Windows 8.1 OOBE to upgrade to Windows 10
KB3090045 - Windows Update for reserved devices in Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 SP1
KB3123862 - Updated capabilities to upgrade Windows 8.1 and Windows 7
KB3173040 - Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1 end of free upgrade offer notification
KB3146449 - Updated Internet Explorer 11 capabilities to upgrade Windows 8.1 and Windows 7

As mentioned above, the free upgrade offer ended officially on July 29, 2016. However, if you use a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 key in the setup program for Windows 10 version 1511 or version 1607, it will accept it and get activated after the install. Microsoft is still interested in getting as many users as possible to Windows 10. For enterprise customers, they have started selling Windows as a subscription and consumers too are being heavily pushed towards Store apps.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

4 thoughts on “Microsoft is removing the Get Windows 10 app from your PC”

  1. Finally! I can understand what a t[censored]re that was for everyone out there using older operating systems. Although I’ve been using Windows 10 even before that aggressive campaign, such moves from a tech giant can never be acceptable. Anyway I thought that after such a long time when I made my first upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 (and so on) I’d get used to the new environment but after I applied a classic Windows 2000 VS, brought back classic Start menu, compact context menus, volume control and compact everything that was possible, enabled Console mode in login screen I felt so much of nostalgia flowing in. Everything feels so much simpler and less mouse movements away that sometimes I wish to go back to good ol’ Windows 7.

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