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How to uninstall KB3035583 – The Windows 10 Downloader for Windows 7 and 8.1

Posted 08 April 2015 17:31 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Users that want to remove the KB3035583 “Windows 10 downloader” update from their Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 installation can take several steps to get rid of the update.  The “Windows 10 downloader” update is installed as recommended update KB3035583 and adds a /Windows/System32/GWX folder to the system. The folder contains GWX.exe which has the description “Get Windows 10”.

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(Dutch version of Windows 8.1 – Windows 10 downloaden (download Windows 10) clear visible as file description)

Once the update is installed it will notify the user of different phases of Windows 10 availability. E.g when Microsoft’s upcoming operating system nears its release, the update will add a Tile to the Homescreen and a notification icon in the system tray urging the user to update to Windows 10.

Although the KB3035583 update is “Recommended” by Microsoft and therefore requires users to manually add a checkmark to get it installed, most users weren’t aware of what they were installing, as the update description stated nothing more than “enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications when new updates are available to the user”. Some users even report that the update became “Important” by the end of March and was therefore automatically installed with other updates on users that allow Windows to automatically download and install updates.

Knowing what the update now actually is about, users might want to learn how to remove it from their system.

How to uninstall KB3035583

In order to find out whether the update is installed see the instructions for Windows 7 here, or Windows 8 here.  If “Update for Microsoft Windows (KB3035583)” is in the list with the status message “successful” then GWX is installed on your PC.

There are two steps to remove KB3035583 from your computer, the first step is described here for Windows 7 and here for Windows 8. and involves uninstalling an update. In this case make sure you remove the KB3035583 update and not accidently another one. After a few seconds the update is be removed and your computer doesn’t need to restart.

On some systems the file GWX.exe remains in /Windows/SysWOW64. To remove that file, you need to take ownership of the folder, a description of an easy way can be found here, a method that requires some more work can be found here. Once you’ve taken ownership, you can delete the GWX.exe file.

In order to make sure Windows doesn’t install KB3035583 again with the next round of updates, uncheck “Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates”. This will make sure the update will be listed under the “Optional” updates and no longer automatically install.

If you want the update to disappear entirely, right-click the update and choose Hide Update in the contextual menu of the KB3035583 update. Now you should be be saved from the notifications, don’t forget to read our site to know when Windows 10 is ready to install.



rexroach
MyCE Member
Posted on: 09 Apr 15 00:14
95% of windows users only put the updates on 7/8/8.1 what windows instal on start up and shut down, the other 5% if they don't want it should have never ticked the box. Me as PC fixing is my game will stick 10 on A desktop to see what M$ have changed for no sensible reason (they like to mess)
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Rufman
New Member
Posted on: 01 Jun 15 08:02
hi there, i did everything detailed in the post (took owneship and everthing) but it still won´t let me delete the folders.
windows update doesn´t show the update so i can delete it from there (actually it doesent show the last 5- 10 updates , ichecked the dates).
i´m desperate.

thanx
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IceDrake
New Member
Posted on: 01 Jun 15 16:46
@Rufman - Add Full Control permission to the "Administrators" and "Users" group in the Security tab. That allowed me to remove GWX that was previously blocked.
-3 Agree

user222
New Member
Posted on: 21 Jun 15 06:00
I can't reject reservation Win 10. Will the uninstalling KB3035583 mean rejection of reservation Win 10?
4 Agree

Lissof
New Member
Posted on: 29 Jun 15 06:05
"... a method that requires some more work can be found here. Once you’ve taken ownership, you can delete the GWX.exe file.

In order to make sure Windows doesn’t install KB3035583 again with the next round of updates, uncheck “Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates”. This will make sure the update will be listed under the “Optional” updates and no longer automatically install."

This worked for me. THANK YOU! Now just waiting to see if it comes back.

This has not been any kind of pleasant, having Microsoft bombard me with this notification, I'm reacting as if it is a VIRUS!
Q: is Microsoft Corp. so desperate for sales of GWX they deliberately made this notification so persistent? Or are they just that arrogant & tyrannical?
40 Agree

parsec
New Member
Posted on: 26 Aug 15 00:08
Thanks for posting this guide, although I had uninstalled the KB3035583 before I found your site, an obvious method of removing the Win 10 upgrade. BUT I was not aware of the GWX folder in the System32 folder, thanks for that!

After I had initially allowed KB3035583 to be installed, I noticed the time it took for Windows to cold boot increased substantially. After the desktop appeared, it seemed (was) unresponsive for ~one minute. That is, clicking on a program would result in apparently nothing happening, and after the interval I mentioned, the program's UI would appear. That behavior was unknown prior to installing this update. The PC uses a Z97 mother board, an Intel Xeon E3 v3 processor, a Samsung SM951 OS drive, running Win 8.1 in UEFI booting mode.

After removing KB3035583, the delay in Windows booting and unresponsive desktop has disappeared. I don't recall reading in the comment of this and the Update for Windows 7 and 8.1 silently installs Windows 10 downloader article, about others experiencing this. I may be jumping the gun on the "fix" I think occurred, or did anyone experience a similar thing?

If you think my delay in Windows startup caused by KB3035583 theory is correct, what is happening during that time? The config.xml script running, and communicating with the MS servers? I was in the Reservation phase when I removed KB3035583.

I hope this comment does not earn myself a tinfoil hat...
10 Agree

MrTheV
New Member
Posted on: 09 Oct 15 21:10
I created a small utility that removes "Get Windows 10" components (including KB3035583) and that can disable trackers too.
It can also restore previously disabled updates that would prevent a user from seeing the "Get Windows 10 upgrade" icons and application.

It's named "Win10wiwi (Windows 10 when I want it).
It's free.
It's simple (one click).
It's here:
http://win10wiwi.com
3 Agree

coolcolors
CE Guru
Posted on: 10 Oct 15 01:26
I just use two Registry edits and Windows 10 updates are gone. And here they are.
10 Agree

Alikhat
New Member
Posted on: 11 Oct 15 08:30
I've been trying to rid my system of the GWX irritant for days now. I thought I had removed it, but signs of it are still there (the icon listed as "hidden" on the taskbar, the message to upgrade to Win 10 in the View Updates section, etc.). I read your instructions with interest, but I have a problem; the GWX files on my system are not located in either the System32 folder or the SysWOW64 folder. Instead, I've located 14 individual files in winsxs.

Attempts to change permissions keep failing. The computer simply will not let me touch those files. I would appreciate help in getting rid of this parasite. Even without opening the program to install the OP, it's playing havoc with my system.

Thanks
0 Agree

coolcolors
CE Guru
Posted on: 11 Oct 15 15:35
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alikhat
I've been trying to rid my system of the GWX irritant for days now. I thought I had removed it, but signs of it are still there (the icon listed as "hidden" on the taskbar, the message to upgrade to Win 10 in the View Updates section, etc.). I read your instructions with interest, but I have a problem; the GWX files on my system are not located in either the System32 folder or the SysWOW64 folder. Instead, I've located 14 individual files in winsxs.

Attempts to change permissions keep failing. The computer simply will not let me touch those files. I would appreciate help in getting rid of this parasite. Even without opening the program to install the OP, it's playing havoc with my system.

Thanks
So what O/S are you using? Did you try to uninstall those packages and then run the Regedit so it install correctly? I think you have more problem if the Regedit file isn't being placed in the right location. Otherwise you might have to turn on the hidden Admin account from the Owner account by using the Command Prompt but use the option "RUN as Admin" that way you can turn on the Admin account.

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...windows-vista/

net user administrator /active:yes --- turns it on

net user administrator /active:no --- turns if off

This turns on the Admin account and try to install the Regedit again.
0 Agree

Alikhat
New Member
Posted on: 11 Oct 15 17:10
My O/S is Win 7. I recently had a hard drive meltdown and brought the computer to a repair shop, where they fixed and reinstalled everything. The absolute last thing I am prepared to do is an uninstall of my O/S by myself.

 FYI, the buttons to change privileges are all inactive. Prior to the meltdown, I had no trouble ridding the GWX file from my system and keeping it out. Now, I can't get rid of it; the files just seem to hide in other locations. My Admin privileges seem to be hijacked by "TrustedInstaller" and I can't change it. Please help ...and keep in mind that I am not a computer wiz.
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coolcolors
CE Guru
Posted on: 11 Oct 15 23:57
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alikhat
My O/S is Win 7. I recently had a hard drive meltdown and brought the computer to a repair shop, where they fixed and reinstalled everything. The absolute last thing I am prepared to do is an uninstall of my O/S by myself.
Sounds like they screwed up your installation. If this was a Factory computer you should've had the Restore disc or be able to order them and have the shop Restore it to the proper setup but if this was custom then the shop didn't do the job right. And your going to have to ask them what did they mess up on the installation? So is this a Factory computer?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Alikhat
FYI, the buttons to change privileges are all inactive. Prior to the meltdown, I had no trouble ridding the GWX file from my system and keeping it out. Now, I can't get rid of it; the files just seem to hide in other locations. My Admin privileges seem to be hijacked by "TrustedInstaller" and I can't change it. Please help ...and keep in mind that I am not a computer wiz.
I think this is related to how the shop did the repair or didn't do it properly and caused your O/S corruption rather then fixing it.
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Alikhat
New Member
Posted on: 12 Oct 15 02:19
My computer is a custom build. I do have the disk, but the shop didn't use it. I assumed every Win 7 installation disk was like every other (aside from the pro or home version detail). I'm getting other issues now: The router keeps disconnecting, the wallpaper changed for no reason, links in my email client wouldn't connect to my browser. I think I'll have to have a conversation with my repair guy tomorrow.

 Thanks.
0 Agree

coolcolors
CE Guru
Posted on: 12 Oct 15 13:37
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alikhat
My Admin privileges seem to be hijacked by "TrustedInstaller" and I can't change it.
This is what I find problematic if they installed your Windows 7 properly this shouldn't be a problem. I have Window 7x64 Ult Sp1 a retail version and did my own self installation and can use the Regedit files without any problems. This is why I find it odd that you can't use it without problems.
0 Agree

paintbetty
New Member
Posted on: 18 Dec 15 03:48
I am running windows 8 64 bit and was able to successfullyuninstall the updates but am unable to change permissions on the
"TrustedInstaller"
in order to delete the VERY UNWANTED GWX.exe and associated files in my
System32 folder. I would like to bill triple my rate for my time spent
trying to make sure I do NOT get Windows10.

Can someone please tell me the best way to get rid of the trusted installer
(which has
already reconfigured my Norton's Security) and the GWX garbage?

Thank you!!
0 Agree

paintbetty
New Member
Posted on: 18 Dec 15 03:57
I am running windows 8 64 bit on a dell xps and was able tosuccessfully uninstall the updates but am unable to change permissions on the
"TrustedInstaller"
in order to delete the VERY UNWANTED GWX.exe and associated files in my
System32 folder. I dont want this update.

Can someone please tell me the best way to delete  the GWX files owned by
"TrustedInstaller" in the System32 folder?

I have gone into permissions and advanced permissions and tried to change using
administrator and the options are greyed out, as another user post above
mentions he is having the same problem.


Can anyone share how to accomplish this?
0 Agree

coolcolors
CE Guru
Posted on: 18 Dec 15 05:22
Quote:
Originally Posted by paintbetty
I am running windows 8 64 bit and was able to successfullyuninstall the updates but am unable to change permissions on the
"TrustedInstaller"
in order to delete the VERY UNWANTED GWX.exe and associated files in my
System32 folder. I would like to bill triple my rate for my time spent
trying to make sure I do NOT get Windows10.

Can someone please tell me the best way to get rid of the trusted installer
(which has
already reconfigured my Norton's Security) and the GWX garbage?

Thank you!!
Did you see if the Post #9 regedits works?
0 Agree

ljn1965
New Member
Posted on: 15 Mar 16 22:42
Removed update for windows 10 "KB3035583", no more annoying right side taskbar icon and pop ups upon every startup! Really, sharing information to Homeland Security,CIA, local law enforcement agencies and FBI via windows 10? I had contacted Microsoft earlier, prior to this post, and they danced around my concerns,questions and issues!!! Plus, they stalled and dismissed the statements on the internet about the allegations. WOW!!!!!! I smell a "TRILLION DOLLAR" lawsuit against Microsoft to include the Federal Government!!!!!! (Conspiracy,cohersion,invasion of privacy,stalking,stalking by proxy,voyerism, The "ILLEAGAL: dissemination and tracking of personal information under the "Constitution" of the "Right to privacy", the act ofquiring,transfering and selling personal information for the gain of profit,or conspire under due pressure of any one government and or agency to a private company)Im not a lawyer, but my concerns are here!!!!!!This is not Russia nor North Korea!!!!!
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coolcolors
CE Guru
Posted on: 15 Mar 16 23:33
Quote:
Originally Posted by ljn1965
Removed update for windows 10 "KB3035583", no more annoying right side taskbar icon and pop ups upon every startup! Really, sharing information to Homeland Security,CIA, local law enforcement agencies and FBI via windows 10? I had contacted Microsoft earlier, prior to this post, and they danced around my concerns,questions and issues!!! Plus, they stalled and dismissed the statements on the internet about the allegations. WOW!!!!!! I smell a "TRILLION DOLLAR" lawsuit against Microsoft to include the Federal Government!!!!!! (Conspiracy,cohersion,invasion of privacy,stalking,stalking by proxy,voyerism, The "ILLEAGAL: dissemination and tracking of personal information under the "Constitution" of the "Right to privacy", the act ofquiring,transfering and selling personal information for the gain of profit,or conspire under due pressure of any one government and or agency to a private company)Im not a lawyer, but my concerns are here!!!!!!This is not Russia nor North Korea!!!!!
I have yet to see that go anywhere...remember the moment you install and use Windows you agreed to MS policies regardless of what you think-that's the Catch-22. And if you didn't look at my post #9 to disable those Nags then you aren't trying to see what others have posted for solutions.
0 Agree

ICStupidPeople
New Member
Posted on: 10 May 16 20:51
I would like to know why MS didnt think to include a way for people with computers that cant run W 10 to get rid of the Icon and program? I dont need MS to tell me I need a newer computer.
0 Agree

mishmael78
New Member
Posted on: 16 May 16 20:23
Hello, When I view my "Update History," it is clear that KB30355836 has installed on my computer:

"Update for Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems (KB3035583)
Installation date: ?2/?25/?2016 8:37 PM
Installation status: Succeeded
Update type: Recommended
Install this update to resolve issues in Windows. For a complete listing of the issues that are included in this update, see the associated Microsoft Knowledge Base article for more information. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.
More information:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3035583
Help and Support:
http://support.microsoft.com"

However, when I go to "Installed Updates" to highlight it and choose to uninstall it, it does not show up as an installed update. I know the annoying thing is installed because I get the friendly "reminders" ALL the time and the system says it was installed. So Frustrating! How do I uninstall this update if it won't come up in the "Installed Updates" section? Please Help!
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Kerry56
Administrator
Posted on: 16 May 16 20:36
^You might want to try the GWX Control Panel: http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/

There are two different versions, one is installed into your programs list. The other is a stand alone program.
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Dharmabumster
New Member
Posted on: 22 May 16 16:43
I have the same problem as mishmael78:

When I view my "Update History," it is clear that KB30355836 has installed on my computer:

When I go to "Installed Updates" to highlight it and choose to uninstall it, it does not show up as an installed update.

What can I do to get rid of this update since I cannot find it, thanks
0 Agree

coolcolors
CE Guru
Posted on: 23 May 16 01:36
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dharmabumster
I have the same problem as mishmael78:

When I view my "Update History," it is clear that KB30355836 has installed on my computer:

When I go to "Installed Updates" to highlight it and choose to uninstall it, it does not show up as an installed update.

What can I do to get rid of this update since I cannot find it, thanks
What Windows version are we talking about here? This posting is for KB3035583 maybe you should create another thread specific to your update so other don't get confuse reading your posting.
0 Agree

tamgc
New Member
Posted on: 27 May 16 17:40
i found this, kb3035583, again on my update list after having hidden it in nov.2015. i looked in all of the windows folders for gwx and it is not where it had been previously. i do not know if it is hidden somewhere else. thought i would give a heads up as this is a fiendish issue that just keeps coming back. used never10, hope it works as indicated
0 Agree

coolcolors
CE Guru
Posted on: 30 May 16 23:26
Quote:
Originally Posted by tamgc
i found this, kb3035583, again on my update list after having hidden it in nov.2015. i looked in all of the windows folders for gwx and it is not where it had been previously. i do not know if it is hidden somewhere else. thought i would give a heads up as this is a fiendish issue that just keeps coming back. used never10, hope it works as indicated
If you installed the GWX and DisableWindows10 Regedits. Even if the KB3035583 install the TaskBar Nags is gone. That is what this update is related to the Windows taskbar nags. Do you get Windows Update that has a Windows 10 in the update or does the white Windows Icon appear in your taskbar? If neither shows up then updating KB3035583 then you should be fine.
0 Agree

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