In an article originally posted on PC Advisor, “How to stay on Windows 7 & 8 forever: disable GWX and uninstall the KB3035583 update to stop Windows 10 upgrade notifications”, we learn that Windows 10 is not a mandatory update, even though it sort of looks as though it is.
Windows 10 is being advertised on PCs through a file called GWX.exe, which shows Windows 10 as a, “Recommended/Important” update option alongside security updates for Windows 7 & 8. The update may be labeled “KB3035583”.
What does GWX.exe look like on your PC?
How can you stop the GWX notifications?
If you have already installed the KB3035583 update here are the steps to take to remove it:
- Open your start menu
- View Update History (this will open a new window)
- In this window you will see a link to ‘Installed Updates’ (this will open a tab that may take a few minutes to load)
- In the right-hand corner search for KB3035583
- Right click on the update and select “uninstall” following the pop-up screens until your are asked to “restart”.
- Once your computer has restarted KB3035583 should appear as an optional/important/recommended update.
- Right click the update and choose to “hide update”
- If there are any remaining updates, they may say “Upgrade to Windows 10” or “Upgrade to Windows 10, version 1511, 105886” you may right click and choose to “hide update” on these as well
- Restart your computer again and if this was successful, you will no longer have GWX or any notifications for the upgrade
How to Stay on Windows 7 & 8 : GWX Control Panel
Please note there are some machines that still have notifications after following the outlined steps above. A blogger, ‘Ultimate Outsider’ wrote a program and an installer that helps to manage GWX.
This program is called the GWX Control Panel. If you already have the Windows 10 upgrade here is a step-by-step guide.
How long can you go before Windows no longer supports 7 & 8 ?
As shown in the picture below the support for Windows 7 ends 14 January 2020 and Windows 8 ends 10 January 2023.