Edit: Added two other methods, one of which (Method 3) only hides it in the extended icon tray. Only Method 1 and Method 2 will prevent it from launching.
Method 1 - Using Autoruns
- Download Autoruns.zip from the Sysinternals Suite webpage;
- Extract the content of the Autoruns.zip folder where you want, then go in the folder, right-click on Autoruns.exe and select Run as Administrator;
- Accept the EULA on opening, then wait for all the entries to load;
- Click on Options and uncheck Hide Microsoft Entries, then wait for Autoruns to load the additional entries;
- In the Filter zone, enter gwx;
- Entrie related to GWX (Get Windows 10) will appear. Uncheck:
- Restart your computer, and you're done;
Method 2 - Using Task Scheduler (credits to Dragonlady24 for the method and instructions)
Original post: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/578100/remove-the-get-windows-10-icon-from-the-icon-tray/page-2#entry3723214
The procedure has been modified to be more comprehensible and include instructions for both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
- In Windows 7, click on the Start Menu, enter Task Scheduler then click on it;
- In Windows 8.1 press on the Win key + S (or Win key + C keys and click on Search) keys to open the Search interface, enter Task Scheduler and click on it;
- Navigate to the following folder in the left pane: Task Scheduler Library\Microsoft\Windows\Setup\gwx (you can list the content of the folders by clicking on the little arrow on their left);
- From there, right-click on each of the task below and select Disable;
- Close the Task Scheduler and restart your computer;
Method 3 - Hide the "Get Windows 10" app icon
This method will only hide the "Get Windows 10" app icon from the visible icon tray and move it to the extended one. It will not remove it like the two methods above.
- Click on the small upward arrow on the left side of your icon and tray and click on Customize;
- Look for the GWX - Get Windows 10 icon, and in its drop down list, choose Hide icon and notifications;
- Once done, simply click on Ok and you'll be done;
Edited by computerxpds, 03 June 2015 - 07:13 PM.
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