Microsoft Rolls Out Update to Remove “Get Windows 10” from Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs
Microsoft offered Windows 10 as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8.1 users for a year. The company promoted the free offer using the Get Windows 10 app. While the app was designed to help users to easily upgrade to the latest operating system version, it created more annoyance than convenience for a number of users. We saw incessant notifications popping out at all the wrong times, and some users even experienced automatic upgrades. With the end of free upgrade offers, users stopped seeing the notifications that the Get Windows 10 app presented.
Considered a nagware, “Get Windows 10” is no more
As part of its phasing out the Windows 10 free upgrade promotion, the company is now removing the app completely from the Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs. The software giant rolled out an update with support number KB3184143 to users still on Windows 7 and 8.1 machines. The new software release will remove the Get Windows 10 app.
This update removes the Get Windows 10 app and other software related to the Windows 10 free upgrade offer that expired on July 29, 2016. For a complete list of the software removed by this Windows Update, see the update replacement information.
The free promotion offer officially ended two months ago. However, reports claimed that users could still upgrade to Windows 10 with working product keys. Those who now upgrade to Windows 10 will have to pay $119 for Windows 10 Home. Windows 10 Pro will cost you $199.
Microsoft gave the following statement:
The Get Windows 10 (GWX) application was designed to make the Windows 10 upgrade process easy for existing Windows 7 and 8.1 customers for the one year free upgrade offer which ended July 29th. Beginning on September 20th, the Get Windows 10 app and all other updates related to the Windows 10 free upgrade offer will be removed from Windows 7 and 8.1 customer’s devices.
Although the app is no longer showing up, users can remove it from their Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs by installing the latest update from Windows Update.