to get rid of that annoying Windows 10 update icon
Microsoft wants Windows 7 and 8 users to "upgrade" to Windows 10. Perhaps you, like me, don't think it's really a great idea to have your computer replace its operating system. Maybe you doubt, as I do, that all your computer's current applications, files, games, media, and programs will be able to seamlessly transition to Windows 10 along with your operating system. Maybe you're not impressed by Microsoft's failure with their last operating system, Windows 8. And maybe you take, as I do, a dim view of an update process that as of now still doesn't even include a program for playing video files (there'll be no Windows Media Player in Windows 10). The opacity of the process just for for getting rid of its update icon suggests an unpromising future for the Windows 10 operating system itself. If you hide the icon, it pops back up every time you restart the computer. If you uninstall the update, which is Windows Update KB3035583, the automatic Windows update just reinstalls it a day or two later. It's like Dracula, repeatedly popping back up out of the coffin.
So if for whatever reason you don't want to switch to Windows 10, and you also want that pesky little 4-paned gray window logo to go away, here's what to do.
Even so, the unwanted icon has returned twice: on 7/15/2015 and again on 10/11/2015, and once every month or two after that, requiring me to repeat this process each time. After several more times repeating this process, I discovered, and recommend, Never 10. Stupid Microsoft.
posted July 17, 2015 6:20 pm, updated October 12, 2015 9:04 am, and again on 4/3/2016, 10:11 am
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