1. Technique 1 - Hide icon
Right-click on an empty spot on the taskbar and then click Properties
(or open Control Panel
and run the Taskbar and Start Menu
tab should already be selected, but if not, click it.
2. Change icon behavior from Show to Hide
Click the Customize...
Find the GWX
entry in the list.
Click the drop-down arrow and change the behavior from Show icon and notifications
to Hide icon and notifications
Note: This approach works only if the check-box "Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar" is un-ticked.
3. Technique 2 - Uninstall Windows update KB3035583
is the update that installs the Get Windows 10
app, which is what causes the icon to appear in the notification area. Uninstall that update with these steps:
Programs and Features
View installed updates
Find KB3035583 in the list and select it
and then Yes
on the "Are you sure..." dialog
4. Hide Windows update KB3035583
Because you have uninstalled KB3035583, when you do Windows Updates in the future, it will come back. When you see it in the list of updates, right-click it and select Hide update
5. Technique 3 - Disable tasks in Task Scheduler
Run the Task Scheduler:
Find the gwx
Task Scheduler Library
Right-click each task (there may be two or four) and click Disable
Some users report that this works, while others say that the refreshgwxconfig-b
task in the GWXTriggers
causes the icon to come back.
6. Technique 4 - Change the registry
The only technique with no reports of failure is to modify the registry. I hope you join me for Part 2
in this series to learn about that.
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