Archive: Block KB3035583 to prevent “Get Windows 10” taskbar icon

If you already installed the latest round of updates that was released on June 9th (Patch Tuesday), you might have noticed this new icon in your Windows 7/8 taskbar:


This is an application called “GWX” (Get Windows 10) that is essentially an ad for users to upgrade to Windows 10 when released on July 29th. I’m willing to bet that most organizations do not want this pushed automatically to all of their systems. The notification doesn’t appear to occur on Enterprise versions of Windows 7/8, but not every organization is using Enterprise.

This update can easily be excluded if you are managing updates in WSUS or SCCM.

If by chance this update has already been deployed in your environment, here is a command line argument that can be deployed to silently uninstall the update that enables GWX:

C:\Windows\System32\wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:3035583 /quiet /norestart

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