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Windows 10 Update – How to Remove the “Get Windows 10” Notification and Reserve a Free Upgrade?

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Following the announcement that Windows 10 will officially be released on July 29th, those using the registered versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 started noticing something new in their Notification Area.

There is a new Get Windows 10 icon that has been planted in the notification area and it is a tool meant for you to use in creating a spot for yourself as far as the release of Windows 10 is concerned. In this way, Microsoft will be notified that you are willing to upgrade to the latest Windows 10 and thus reserve a free upgrade for you. If you wish to upgrade when this OS is finally launched, you’ll need to click on this icon.

Clicking on this icon will prompt Microsoft to preload your PC with a copy of this OS before the release date kicks in such that when the full version is availed, there is no time wastage involved in downloading the upgrade. If you are willing to get to the next Windows 10 OS when it is released, here is a guide on how to reserve a spot for your free upgrade as well as how to enable the Get Windows 10 notification just in case it is not showing in your Notifications Area. The guide will also explain how to remove this notification just in case you don’t want this update when it is rolled out and cancel your reservation.

Windows 10 OS requirements

When the new Windows 10 is finally released, the users will get a taste of the many new features that this OS is coming in with. Features like Microsoft Edge, Cortana, Start Menu that includes Live Tiles, touch screen experience and seamless syncing between devices are the main highlights of this OS. However, in order to get it, you must be using a genuine copy of Windows 7 with a SP1 update or Windows 8.1.

Furthermore, your system must be equipped with a number of specs in order to run and execute this upgrade. Remember that the below requirements are minimum.

  • 1 GHz processor or SoC
  • A RAM of 1GB for those on 32-bit OS and 2GB for 64-bit OS
  • 16GB hard disk space for those on 32-bit and 20GB for those on 64-bit
  • DirectX 9 with WDDM 1.0 driver for the graphics card
  • A display resolution of 1024 by 600.

How to make a free Windows 10 upgrade reservation

The first thing is to find the “Get Windows 10” icon located in the Notification Area. Just right-click on this icon and then left-click on the “Reserve your free upgrade” and you should see the “Get Windows 10” app launch. The app will ask you to enter your email address where you’ll receive a confirmation message.

How to cancel a Windows 10 upgrade reservation

First of all launch the “Get Windows 10” app via the Notification Area and then follow it by clicking on the hamburger menu button that appears. From here, click on “View confirmation” which is under the “Getting the upgrade” section. After this, you can go ahead and click on “Cancel reservation” then confirm this choice. This will remove you from the list of those Microsoft will push the free upgrade of Windows 10.

The only problem with this move is that even though you won’t be listed by Microsoft as one of those looking to get a free Windows 10 upgrade, the Notification Area of your PC will still be having the Get Windows 10 icon. This is so that just in case you change your mind, you can still come back and make a reservation for the free upgrade. However, if you are sure with your decision to skip this offer for a free upgrade, keep reading the next section.

How to remove the Get Windows10 icon from your PC Notification Area

This application was installed by Microsoft as part of a recommended update for Windows KB3035583. All you need is to uninstall this update and you will no longer be seeing the Get Windows 10 icon in your Notification Area.

To remove the Get Windows 10 icon, head to your PC’s control panel and select “Programs and Features”. Go ahead and check out for Installed updates right from the upper left of your open window. When viewing the installed updates, check out for the KB3035583 update and uninstall it.

How to get the “Get Windows 10” icon in the Notification Area

There are chances that you may not see the “Get Windows 10” icon in the Notifications Area of your PC. If this is the case and you want to make a reservation for a free Windows 10 upgrade, simply install the Windows KB3035583 update.

Head to your PC’s control panel and open the “Windows Update” section. Click on “Show all available updates” and search for the KB3035583 Windows update under the “Recommended” updates section. After that, click on install and that’s it. If this update is not listed, click on “Check for updates” for better results. The Get Windows 10 icon will now appear in the Notifications Area of your PC from where you can again make a reservation for this latest Microsoft OS.