Schnee (schnee) wrote,

Windows X spam / GWX / KB 3035583

If you're running a recent Windows version, you probably got a tray icon/notification pestering you to install OS X Windows X. And if you're like me, you're probably thinking "never change a running system — I don't want this, not on this computer".

Unfortunately, this is an offer you can't refuse (though you're not outright being forced to accept it, just yet). In particular:

  • There is no way to say "no, I don't want this, stop bugging me".
  • There is no way to exit the program.
  • If you kill the program, e.g. in Task Manager, it'll be restarted automatically later on.
  • If you hide the tray icon/notification, it'll be unhidden after the next boot.

This is obviously annoying.

It turns out that the program responsible was installed by way of Windows Update. The update is KB 3035583; the English description is:

This update enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications when new updates are available to the user. It applies to a computer that is running Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

Perfectly honest description that tells you exactly what it does, right? Descriptions in other languages are even less informative, BTW — you only get the generic "this update fixes problems in windows, you may have to restart your computer after installing it" language.

In any case, if you want to get rid of this notification for good, what you have to do is thus:

  1. Start Windows Update.
  2. Uninstall KB 3035583.
  3. In the list of available updates, right-click KB 3035583 and select "Hide Update".

That should be all that's needed.

Tags: spam, useful stuff, windows

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