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Microsoft: "Get Windows 10" app will be deleted

Microsoft: "Get Windows 10" app will be deleted
Microsoft: "Get Windows 10" app will be deleted
Microsoft is going to disable and delete the GWX-app from all existing Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs. This comes two months after the free upgrade-offer for Windows 10 ended.
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One could assume that anything given away "free" is very popular. In the case of Windows 10 it was more like the opposite. Such offers can create a controversy, if you do it like Microsoft with Windows 10. A couple of months ago Microsoft annoyed its users of previous Windows versions with the upgrade offer – critical users might even say that Microsoft tried to force them to upgrade to Windows 10.

Responsible for this update-drama was the little app named "GWX", the acronym for "Get Windows 10". There were many guides amongst the vast internet how to remove the GWX app or how to prevent it from installing in the first place. For the past two months its has been mostly quiet around the GWX app. Not without reason, the Windows 10 upgrade offer ended on July 29th. However, GWX remained on many Windows 7 and 8.1 systems. Microsoft is about to change that: The Redmond based corporation has released a new patch with the number KB3184143, which is supposed to remove the GWX app and all of its traces.

Although Microsoft´s main tool for informing about the update is vanishing now and despite the upgrade offer being ended officially, the free upgrade from Windows 7 / 8.1 to Windows 10 is still possible. Users can simply use a Windows 7 / 8.1 key to activate the installation. Why Microsoft hasn´t closed this route yet is unclear, maybe they still want to get some people to upgrade, without an official extension of the upgrade offer.

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Benjamin Herzig - Managing Editor - 922 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I was an ardent reader of Notebookcheck’s laptop reviews even back in school. After writing reviews as a hobby, I then joined Notebookcheck in 2016 and have worked on device reviews and news articles ever since then. My personal interest lies more with laptops than smartphones, with business laptops being the most interesting category for me. Technology should make our lives and work easier and good laptops are an essential tool for that to happen. This is why laptop reviews are not just my work but are also my passion.
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Benjamin Herzig, 2016-09-21 (Update: 2016-09-21)