How to reserve your free upgrade or get rid of the ‘Get Windows 10’ notification and additionally, how to Get Windows 10 notification if it isn’t showing up for you, or how to cancel.
On connecting my laptop to the internet this evening, i noticed Windows 10 icon seated in the notification area. The experience i had after clicking on the icon is what i want to share with us tonight.
Before we begin, you should know that Windows 10 is offering a full version of Windows 10, not a trial, but a Free upgrade for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users and they should begin to notice a new icon in their Notification Area.
This Get Windows 10 notification is the tool for reserving your free upgrade for the new operating system and according to the Windows 10 FAQ page there is an advantage to clicking the icon and reserving your copy today if you intend to upgrade.
If you reserve your copy through this system in the notification tray,Microsoft will preload your device with the upgrade before July 29th so when the day comes you won’t have to waste any time downloading it. The preload will require 3GB download at some point before July 29th, so you will just have to make sure you have the storage space if you plan to upgrade.
Here are the system requirements for Windows 10 upgrade:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for a 32-bit version, or 2GB for 64-bit
- Hard disk space: 16GB for a 32-bit OS; 20GB for 64-bit OS
- Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
- Display: 1024×600
Microsoft also warns that even if your PC seemingly meets those specifications, it might not be upgraded. “Driver and firmware support, application compatibility, and feature support” could affect whether the Windows 10 upgrade takes place. Fortunately, there’s one way to be sure: use the “check my PC” function within the reservation app.
Microsoft advises that the Windows 10 download will be about 3GB in size. Installation will take about 20 minutes for newer PCs, and possibly more than an hour for older ones. What the reservation process does is kick off background loading of some files before Windows 10 “unlocks” on July 29. (Some preordered PC games do the same thing.)
How to reserve your upgrade
First, find the ‘Get Windows 10’ icon in the Notification Area of your device and click on the icon to launch it. Locate and click ‘Reserve your free upgrade.’
At this point, the ‘Get Windows 10’ app will open and give you the option to enter an email address for a confirmation message.
After you have reserved your free upgrade, the ‘Get Windows 10’ app will still be accessible by left click the same ‘Get Windows 10’ icon in the Notification Area. Meanwhile, after email has been sent, just click on “close”.
From the hamburger menu in this App, you can access a quick intro to features of Windows 10, a tool that assesses if your device is ready for the upgrade, and an option to view the confirmation of your upgrade. It is from this last part of the hamburger menu that you cancel your reservation.
How to cancel a reservation
First open the ‘Get Windows 10’ app from you the Notification Area. Next click the hamburger menu button and select ‘View Confirmation’ under the ‘Getting the upgrade section.’ Next, click ‘Cancel reservation.’ Then click the option to confirm your choice.
After you have canceled your reservation, the ‘Get Windows 10’ icon will remain in your Notification Area in case you change your mind. But if you are sure you don’t want to upgrade and want to get rid of that Get Windows 10 notification, read on to the next section.
How to get rid of the ‘Get Windows 10’ icon
As part of the recommended Windows update KB3035583, the ‘Get Windows 10’ app was installed into your system. To get rid of the notification simply uninstall that update.
To do this first open your ‘Control Panel’ by right clicking the start menu and selecting ‘Control Panel.’ Next, from your ‘Control Panel’ select ‘Programs and Features.’
Then select ‘View installed updates’ from the top left of the window. Once you are viewing installed updates, search for KB3035583.
Select ‘Update for Microsoft Windows (KB3035583)’ and click Uninstall button directly above the listing of the update.
Search under the list of ‘Recommended’ updates for ‘Update for Microsoft Windows (KB3035583)’ and click Install. If ‘Update for Microsoft Windows (KB3035583)’ is not listed you can also try clicking ‘Check for updates.’
If you don’t see the ‘Get Windows 10’ app it might be because:
- Your device isn’t up-to-date with at least Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.
- Windows Update is turned off or is not set to received updates automatically.
- You’ve blocked or uninstalled the necessary Windows Update functionality.
- Your device is not running genuine Windows.
- Your device is running Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, or Windows RT/RT 8.1, which are excluded from this reservation offer.
- Your device is managed as part of a school or business network. (Check with your IT administrator.)
Windows 10 is set to be released on July 29th, so now is the time to prepare your systems!
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