It is possible to disable the Get Windows 10 icon (GWX) shown in the notification area tray in Windows 7 and 8.1. The icon was introduced by Microsoft in 2015 as part of its Windows 10 marketing campaign. It is not required for Windows 10 and can be removed if desired.
To disable the GWX icon, open the Control Panel and select Security and Maintenance. In the left-hand pane, click Change Security and Maintenance Settings. This will bring up a window with several options. Scroll down and select Don’t show this icon, then click OK.
It is also possible to disable the GWX icon through the registry. Open the registry editor and navigate to the following key:
In the right-hand pane, double-click the DisableGWX entry. Change the value from 0 to 1 and click OK.
Another method to disable the GWX icon is by using the Group Policy Editor. Open the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) and navigate to the following location:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update
In the right-hand pane, double-click the setting for Turn off the Upgrade to the latest version of Windows through Windows Update. Select Enabled, then click OK.
It is also possible to disable the GWX icon by using a third-party tool. The free tool GWX Control Panel can be used to disable the GWX icon and block future Windows 10 upgrade advertisements. To use the tool, download and install it, then launch the program. Click the Disable GWX button and the icon will be removed.
The Get Windows 10 icon (GWX) is a part of Microsoft’s Windows 10 marketing campaign, and can be removed if desired. To disable the GWX icon, open the Control Panel, use the registry editor, or use the Group Policy Editor. Additionally, the free tool GWX Control Panel can be used to disable the icon and block future Windows 10 upgrade advertisements.