How to Remove The Windows 10 Upgrade Prompt

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I have tried Windows 10 and don’t like it. I want to stay with Windows 7 Professional.

Is there a way to remove the Icon in the tray that is constantly asking me to install Windows 10 ?

Thanks for your very interesting weekly E-Mails, I look forward to each one. Harlan

Dear Harlan,

The prompt to upgrade to Windows 10 is actually the result of windows update, KB3035583. All you have to do to remove it, is uninstall the update.

Here is how:

1. Open the Control Panel. You can either click on “Start” and “Control Panel”, or click on Start and search for the Control Panel.

2. Under “Programs” in the control Panel, click “Uninstall A Program”.

3. In the left column, click on “View Installed Updates”

4. In the list of updates, find the update named, KB3035583 you can use the search box in the upper-right corner of the window to make it easier.

5. Click on the update, then click, “Uninstall” to remove the update. Your computer will need to restart to finish the removal.



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    • December 21, 2015

    You will continue to get the Win10 download of KB3035583 and the notifcations to update to Win10, if you allow your computer to do the automatic downloads/updates. I have changed mine to notify me when there are updates. You should be able to pick and choose which updates to install. I use Win7 and do not want to update until I buy a new computer. Hopefully, this will keep that download off my computer.

    • JSH
    • December 23, 2015

    As with any update the user decides they don’t want and de-installs, this one will again show up on the list of available updates when the user runs windows update. It must be found in the list and then right click on it and click to hide the update. Otherwise it will just be downloaded and installed again.

    • Missy Cat
    • December 27, 2015

    I really like your newsletter,and up until now I have followed your directions to others to solve my problems. This time however, I need more help.

    Like you told Harlan, I have removed KB3035583, but each time I update, it comes back. I changed it to manual update, to not install Windows 10, My friend had a terrible time with it on her HP Computer, which I have as well., she went through a lot to get it off, with HP, and I don’t want to go there now. I do have 8.1 and since got this computer, with Windows 8, then my son changed it to auto update and I got 8.1. I prefer to let it show me the updates, then I choose when to do the actual update. Is there anyway to get back to that?

    Thanks so much for all your help, through the newsletter., You make it easy to understand.


    Missy Cat

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