How To Remove the Windows 10 Upgrade Notice

Have you noticed a new icon that has suddenly appeared in the notification area of your Taskbar? By now, most Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users will have received the Windows 10 Upgrade notice providing an option for users to “reserve” their free upgrade – which means the Windows 10 upgrade will then be automatically delivered immediately after it becomes available.

Right click menu

Right click menu

Left click menu

Left click menu

Pushing an upgrade notification at this early stage is an unusual move from Microsoft but not entirely unexpected. If you’re seeing the notice to reserve your free copy of Windows 10, it means that your PC is ready to receive the new version of the operating system. Personally, it doesn’t bother me that much but if you want to get rid of the icon and prevent the notice from displaying, you’ll need to uninstall update KB3035583, here’s how:

  • Navigate to Control Panel>Programs and Features and in the left hand panel click View installed updates:

programs and features_view installed updates

  • Type KB3035583 into the search box. When the search has completed, highlight the update in the main panel (left click) and then click Uninstall:


  • Restart your PC and the notice should be gone.

You’ll also need to block the update from being installed again, especially if you have Windows Update set to “automatic”:

  • Go to Windows Update and click Check for updates (in the left hand panel)
  • Click the “important update is available” link
  • Right click the update and select Hide update:
Hide update

Hide update

How To Cancel Your Windows 10 Upgrade Reservation

If you’ve already utilized the option to reserve your Windows 10 upgrade but have had a change of heart and would prefer to wait and see, it’s quite simple to cancel the process:

  • Right-click the system tray icon and select Check your upgrade status
  • In the upper left corner, click the menu button (3 horizontal bars), and choose View information, then click Cancel reservation.

cancel windows 10 reservation

Of course, you can still choose to reserve your Windows 10 upgrade at any time by simply re-installing the KB3035583 update and going through the reservation process again.

  • NOTE: It’s now official – Windows 10 is set for general release on 29th July.


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Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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