KB3184143 Update to remove Get Windows 10 offer out

Microsoft released the update KB3184143 "Remove software related to the Windows 10 free upgrade offer" yesterday which uninstalls several related and no longer needed updates on machines running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

Get Windows 10 helped push the company's Windows 10 operating system for a year thanks to a free offer and malware-like behavior at times.

Windows users who did not want to upgrade to Windows 10 had to endure update after update of Get Windows 10, and pay close attention to other updates sneaking in that would prepare the operating system for the upgrade to Windows 10.

While the prompt had a "no thanks" button at times, later upgrade prompts lacked it and added to the confusion.

We published guides on how to block these updates, and had to update them regularly to take into account Microsoft's changing tactics.

KB3184143 Update to remove Get Windows 10 offer out

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KB3184143 is being made available on Windows devices running Windows 7 or Windows 8 via Windows Update and manual download.

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 will remove the following Windows Updates from devices running previous versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system:

  • KB 3035583 -- Update installs Get Windows 10 app in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1
  • KB 3064683 -- Windows 8.1 OOBE modifications to reserve Windows 10
  • KB 3072318 -- Update for Windows 8.1 OOBE to upgrade to Windows 10
  • KB 3090045 -- Windows Update for reserved devices in Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 SP1
  • KB 3123862 -- Updated capabilities to upgrade Windows 8.1 and Windows 7
  • KB 3173040 -- Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1 end of free upgrade offer notification
  • KB 3146449 -- Updated Internet Explorer 11 capabilities to upgrade Windows 8.1 and Windows 7
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A restart of the computer may be necessary to complete the installation of the update.

It makes sense to remove those updates from devices running Windows 7 or 8 as they serve no purpose anymore. It is unclear whether the update will also clean up any files left behind by the Get Windows 10 application on the system. If I had to guess, I'd say it is unlikely that it will touch those files.

So, if you have not removed or blocked those updates yet on your machine, the update will at least remove these Windows Updates from it.

In related news: it seems still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free using a working product key of Windows 7 or 8. Windows 10 will install and activate just fine in that case.

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KB3184143 Update to remove Get Windows 10 offer out
Microsoft released the update KB3184143 "Remove software related to the Windows 10 free upgrade offer" yesterday which uninstalls several related and no longer needed updates on machines running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
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  1. The Vanugardian September 21, 2016 at 8:06 am #

    I know it says "remove" at the top, but if you read very carefully, it says:
    "Update replacement information
    This update replaces the following previously-released software:"

    The question is, does it replace it with clean files or another Get Windows 10 program?
    After the previous fiasco, I don't trust them.

    • Martin Brinkmann September 21, 2016 at 8:23 am #

      My interpretation is this: The new update is installed, and all old updates are removed (read replaced by it).

    • A different Martin September 22, 2016 at 6:07 pm #

      I got Windows-10-related updates (diagnostics/readiness/telemetry, GWX) off my system with the help of sites like gHacks and kept them off with GWX Control Panel. I'm not touching this update with a ten-foot pole. After all, the original Trojan Horse was a gesture of feigned surrender...

  2. satuim September 21, 2016 at 8:28 am #

    and... it's over.

    • insanelyapple September 21, 2016 at 2:38 pm #

      If telemetry gathering components are still there then it's not over

    • gary d September 21, 2016 at 4:32 pm #

      @ satuim

      Not until the fat lady sings ! :-)

  3. Gab September 21, 2016 at 10:28 am #

    hmhmhm for the time being i have not installed it -- i was quite careful to block all win10 update notifications. i will wait some more feedback from other people first.

    thanks for the support!

  4. fozz September 21, 2016 at 10:56 am #

    Is KB3184143 only for those who already installed those updates? I'm guessing the rest of us won't need it?

  5. Bobo September 21, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

    Why this is a recommended optional update is beyond me, since all the Windows 10 crapware updates (maaaanymaaaaanymaaaaaany more than that sad short list) were shoved down computers as IMPORTANT and sometimes CRITICAL mandatory updates.. I wouldn't touch this with a million-foot pole.

  6. Tom Hawack September 21, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

    A good cop to oust corrupted ones is not a bad idea. KB3184143 alias Serpico getting the department cleaned up is most valuable, but nowadays some may imagine doing the work by themselves, which is not a good thing in society but acceptable on a computer..
    Serpico : take a break, we'll handle KB3035583, KB3064683, KB3072318, KB3090045, KB3123862, KB3173040, KB3146449 by ourselves if concerned. Fortunately those of your corrupted colleagues never made their way to our place.

    • P September 21, 2016 at 5:10 pm #

      It's really sad that those KB's are burned into my memory and I recognize them instantly.

      • Anonymous September 28, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

        Ha! I thought the same thing.

  7. Anonymous September 21, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

    "only at times"

    Yes, only each update.

  8. Sebby September 21, 2016 at 2:09 pm #

    Mmm, yes, well, with the telemetry updates already out there, I guess MS has no need to push Win10 as hard, either ...

    I can't wait for October. Then we get to see where MS really stand concerning their older, once respected workhorses. It's either that or Win10 gets upgraded to give us peons more of the control we lost.

  9. Rotten Scoundrel September 21, 2016 at 4:38 pm #

    Dear win7/8/8.1 user,

    Please install this KB, you can trust us.

    Yours Faithfully,

    • Ross Hawkins March 28, 2017 at 12:38 am #

      It will not install. And all the KB's I've downloaded since then (3/1/17) will not install, either. Standalone installer didn't give different results.

  10. Rotten Scoundrel September 21, 2016 at 4:42 pm #

    Just checked my Installed Updates and I don't seem to need to install that update. Nothing for it to do.

    Now there's a surprise. :)

  11. dwarf_t0ssn September 21, 2016 at 5:45 pm #

    Cool, uninstalled GWX control panel too. Thanks

  12. Yuliya September 21, 2016 at 7:16 pm #

    I don't have any of those updates installed, so I'll just hide this one too.

  13. Declan September 22, 2016 at 4:37 pm #

    I'm curious, when using the Win-10 ISO to make a fresh install, will WinUpdate add those little GWX buggers, then turn around and remove them with 3184143?
    Or will the new installs just ignore the previous GWX updates altogether and update to a clean install?

    • Tom Hawack September 22, 2016 at 4:51 pm #

      Not with Windows 10! I guess you had in mind Win7 or Win8+ ?

      • Declan September 22, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

        You are correct. I guess I should have thought my question through a little better. I completely mistyped what I meant to say. (That's why our teachers taught us to proofread what we write - hehe).

        So ... yes you are correct, with a Win-7 (not Win-10) clean install (either by factory disk or ISO download) will all those GWX updates still be installed and then removed? or just not even offered anymore?
        I'm asking because I have several clean Win-7 installs to handle this weekend and I'm curious if I need to keep a watch for those various updates showing up.

      • Tom Hawack September 22, 2016 at 6:02 pm #

        Declean, what you are wondering about happens to be a concern for many users. I'm afraid I cannot provide pertinent information regarding a clean install of Windows 7 and Windows Update patches on that basis. I am also a Win7 user and I also had in mind the idea of carrying a clean install but abandoned after realizing the amount of confusion Windows Update patches from there on represents.

        I can suggest a most valuable place to search and find the information (it's been debated there as an open topic, perhaps still is). It's over at https://www.askwoody.com/, I guess your question is, has been treated in several topics, you'll have to do a bit of searching but the place is truly excellent in the way Woody deals the questions, ideas, answers, narrated experiences ...

        Here as well many brilliant minds, if they pop-up could certainly help you better than I -- Good luck :)

  14. Sebby September 22, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

    +1 to AskWoody. Plenty of good, active discussion and assessment of the current update situation, including the oncoming October rollup madness which is when Windows reinstalls get really interesting.

  15. 420 September 23, 2016 at 10:42 pm #

    i just dual boot linux and win10 and leave win10 unconnected to the net, when I want to do play a game that i cant get nativley on linux or wine i boot up windows and play. everything else is on linux. Screw m$ I am so sick of their crap.

  16. [email protected] September 27, 2016 at 11:10 pm #

    I disabled W7 updates, entirely, a while back. If I just restore them, I wonder if I'll get updated to W10, now?

    I'll leave them disabled, I think, just in case.

    Trust, once broken, is VERY difficult to get back.

  17. LienD September 28, 2016 at 7:24 pm #

    If you have GWX detritus on your machine the freeware program Never10 from grc.com will remove the files.

  18. PCTS4YOU September 28, 2016 at 8:44 pm #

    If nothing else, thanks for the final list of 7 KBs this addresses.

  19. Johnny Cool November 4, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

    I installed KB3184143 and my usb sticks would not work correctly and if you have a camera, the chip gave an error. So I had to uninstall it and my computer came back to normal.

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