What is this Windows 10 Icon

What is this Windows 10 Icon

You may have noticed a new Windows 10 upgrade icon appearing in your system tray. What is it? How did it get there? How do you get rid of it?


What is the “Get Windows 10″ Tray Item? – How to Geek

Windows 7 and Windows 8 users might have noticed a new Windows icon in their system trays that when clicked, will open a dialog that introduces Windows 10 and determines if you’re eligible for a free upgrade. Here is how to remove that icon and dialog permanently.

We’re all aware of Windows 10 here at How-to Geek. We can’t go a day now without hearing about its pending arrival, which it turns out is July 29. In truth, we can’t wait for Windows 10 because we feel it finally fixes most of Windows 8’s ills and we believe it is going to be a must-have upgrade for all current Windows users.

Microsoft obviously believes this is true as well because they’re offering it as a free upgrade to most qualifying current Windows owners. They’re also pulling out the stops when it comes to making you, the average everyday Windows user, aware of its existence.

This includes adding a “Get Windows 10″ icon and dialog to user’s system trays, which has alarmed quite a few people, who aren’t sure if it is some kind of trick or malware. Let us say with no uncertainty, it is not, but it is a little underhanded and annoying on Microsoft’s part.

The “Get Windows 10″ icon opens a dialog that hypes the upcoming Windows upgrade and determines your availability to receive it for free.


When you click this icon, a dialog will appear, which will determine if your PC is Windows 10 ready, if you’re eligible to upgrade for free and, of course, regale you with all the wonderful things Windows 10 will mean to you.

Disabling the Windows 10 Upgrade Notification

But, there’s also another way. You can block the icon from showing and disable notifications. Using the Windows registry editor, do this:

Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Gwx

Create a new REG_DWORD registry value called: DisableGwx

Give it a value of: 1

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20 thoughts on “What is this Windows 10 Icon

  1. I run Win 7 Pro. It’s not broke…doesn’t need fixing. Commenting on posts read… they can advertise like Ford, GM, Verizon…you know, like all the other new products offered to consumers. How many of us have clicked on an icon or link and then spent the next several days trying to figure out how to undo it?? As for the hiding the icon comment, thanks dude… very simple fix.

  2. It is a sensible move by Microsoft. They do not want to support multiple operating systems. It costs money for old tech. By giving away the latest os they will have everyone on a single platform. What we as users have to determine, is this the platform that we want. I have several computers and I will dedicate one to W10. All my other computers I run on Ubuntu Linix. It is free, all the software is free and it is in my opinion more stable than Windows. Having said that there are several programs that are Windows based that I have to run, otherwise I would not bother with Microsoft at all.

  3. bye deleting icon doesnt remove notification permanently , besides its not an automatic upgrade , end-user has to initiate upgrade , best bet is to just ignore that icon , problem solved

  4. I have the W10 icon notification in my (Win7 sp1) tray; but no Gwx key in my registry, as indicated in the “remove” instructions. Just saying…

  5. No worth the writing. Do you really want the novice playing in the registry. Why not just hide the icon and notifications by right clicking on the task bar, select Properties, Notification Area.

  6. Why would anyone get upset with such a small thing? Are they that stupid to think it is some kind of trick by MSN. If they want to trick you, they are not going to put something on your screen to let you know they are watching.

    • @August Coke: That is because, like they mentioned in the article, there are so many people tricked into installing malware on their computers that many may wonder if this new icon is legit or malware… especially seeing that Microsoft (not MSN) has never done anything like this in the past (that I am aware of).

  7. The icon will only appear if the pc/laptop is detected as being suitable for Win10. Win7 if it doesn’t have the SP1 patch then once you upgrade the patch it should appear.

    My question is PCMatic ready for Windows 10 and will my PCs continue to run PCMatic. I’m counting on it being ready 🙂 Love the product for years and it has kept a couple XP running and even my Win 7 laptop performance improvements.

  8. The question is do I freekin need it ? W8 screwed me up so back I went back to 7 and that’s not the best there is. SO WTF do I need 10 for and how much is this going to cost me if I do down load it and what is it going to DO FOR ME????
    You know man there
    aint nuttin free!

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