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Managing the Get Windows 10 (GWX) App In Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

Since the release of Windows 10 in July 2015, Microsoft has been encouraging users who are entitled to a free upgrade (primarily those with computers currently running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1) to take up their entitlement before the free upgrade period (12 months) expires. The main method Microsoft is using to maximise the uptake of the upgrades is the Get Windows 10 (GWX) app that has been delivered via Windows update to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers. It manifests itself by the small white Windows icon [GWX icon] that appears in the notification area, usually at the bottom right of the Windows desktop screen.

Note: on computers connected to a corporate domain, the GWX app is generally disabled, and you won't usually see the icon.

If you decide to upgrade to Windows 10 the GWX app is very useful, but if you decide you don't wish to upgrade, the app can become more of a nuisance. You can download the small utility below which will allow you to disable the GWX app (hide the icon). It will also allow you re-enable the app should you decide after all you do wish to upgrade.

 [Download] Download ManageGWX

Description: Version 1.0.1.10 of ManageGWX
File name: ManageGWX.exe
Format: Executable file (890 KB)
Last updated: 21st September, 2015

Please note that the download is an executable file, and it may be blocked by company policy. The download is digitally signed by us, using our registered company name, CoCo Systems Ltd. If you do download and run it you should see a 'User Access Control' (UAC) prompt that asks you to confirm you wish to allow it to make changes to your computer. The UAC prompt will look like this:

[ManageGWX UAC prompt]

If the prompt you see does not confirm the verified publisher is CoCo Systems Ltd., then the download you have may well be compromised and you should choose not to continue (by pressing the No button).


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