Microsoft automatically removes ‘Get Windows 10 app’ from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs

Microsoft is currently automatically removing the ‘Get Windows 10 app’ from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 systems through Windows Update. The heavily criticized app was used to try to convince users of the two preceding Windows versions to upgrade to Windows 10.


Update KB3184143 is responsible for the removal, Microsoft writes in the description of the update, “This update removes the Get Windows 10 app and other software related to the Windows 10 free upgrade offer that expired on July 29, 2016”.

The update replaces several ‘Get Windows 10 app’ updates that were previously pushed to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to make sure the app wasn’t blocked and to make it promote Windows 10 even more aggressive.

Due to its aggressiveness he ‘Get Windows 10 app’ was heavily criticized. E.g. it started to show a full screen update message and made it hard to opt out of the update, which was only possible by clicking a red cross on the top right corner of the app. The app also started to check Windows 7 and Windows 8.1  systems twice a day to find out whether the Windows 10 nag screens were not disabled by third-party tools.

The app also downloaded Windows 10 in the background so it consumed bandwidth and disk space. Some users also reported their computer updated to Windows 10 without their consent.

With the removal of the ‘Get Windows 10 app’  there finally comes an end to Microsoft dubious Windows 10 marketing campaign.