Windows 10 Notification

windows10notificationWhile like many others, I have been eagerly anticipating the release of Windows 10 as I am hopeful it will be a much better operating system than Windows 8. One of the great features is, you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free if you are running Windows 7 or later, but for some places / businesses they may want to hold off on doing this upgrade.

Today Microsoft announced its release day of July 29th and users can go online and reserve their copies. However, they also made this push more annoying in my opinion by activiating a notification on all Windows 7 and 8 systems to go online and reserve a copy now. This is going to cause a lot of confusion for users who may not want to upgrade, or need to hold off as it is proven to always wait before upgrading to a new operating system.

Microsoft did this by sneaking in an Windows update (KB3035583) that prompts users (starting today) to reserve their copy. There is sadly no easy way to turn this off unless you go in and uninstall this update. I have some instructions below for those who wish to uninstall this update.

  • Go into Control Panel
  • Select Programs and Features
  • On the left choose View installed Updates, this may take a moment to load
  • Scroll through the Microsoft Windows section and find the KB3035583 update
  • Click on it, then choose Uninstall from the top, it will not prompt you to reboot
  • After you uninstall it, make sure to check for updates and right click on this and select Hide Update

So while I am looking forward to the release of Windows 10, I find this form of marketing evasive and totally annoying. I am hoping this is not a look of how Windows 10 is going to be, as I really was looking forward to this release.