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
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
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.