How to Enable Get Windows 10 App icon in the Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 taskbar

If you say that ‘I cannot see Get Windows 10 app icon on my PC’, then this post is going to help you for sure.


What is ‘Get Windows 10 Update’?

Microsoft has officially announced the launch date of Windows 10, on July, 29 2015.

According to Microsoft, they are making Windows 10 available as free upgrade for qualified Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 devices. Microsoft has provided an option to users for reserving their free upgrade.

More details can be found here

You only have until July 29, 2016 to take advantage of this offer. Once you upgrade, you have Windows 10 for free on that device.


Who will get this Windows 10 free upgrade?

If you are running genuine Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1, you’ll see the ‘Get Windows 10′ app icon of Windows in the tray to reserve your PC for free Windows 10 upgrade


How to reserve this free Windows 10 upgrade?

There will be a ‘Get Windows 10′ app icon in the system tray to reserve your PC for free Windows 10 upgrade

Why can’t I see this Get Windows 10 app icon on my PC?

If you don’t see the Get Windows 10 app on your PC, it might be because:


1.       Your device isn’t up-to-date with at least Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.

2.       Windows Update is turned off or is not set to received updates automatically.

3.       You’ve blocked or uninstalled the necessary Windows Update functionality.

4.       Your device is not running genuine Windows.

5.       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.


Running Windows Update would resolve the first three issues. If you still don’t see the icon after installing all the updates, follow the below steps.


How to enable Get Windows 10 App icon in the Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 taskbar?

1.       Open the Notepad

2.       Copy the following text and paste into the notepad

REG QUERY "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\UpgradeExperienceIndicators" /v UpgEx | findstr UpgEx

if "%errorlevel%" == "0" GOTO RunGWX

reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Appraiser" /v UtcOnetimeSend /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

schtasks /run /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser"


schtasks /query /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser"

schtasks /query /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser" | findstr Ready

if NOT "%errorlevel%" == "0" ping localhost >nul &goto :CompatCheckRunning


schtasks /run /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Setup\gwx\refreshgwxconfig"


3.       Save it as ‘ReserveWinX.cmd’ to a directory on your PC (e.g. c:\temp)

4.       Open command prompt as administrator. You can do this by going to Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories, right click on ‘Command Prompt’. Now select ‘Run
as Administrator’.

5.       Open/run the ‘ReserveWinX.cmd’ script in this command prompt.

6.       Let the script run until it gets a success message.



Above script is to run the Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser, which may take 10 – 30 minutes, during which the script will continuously provide status reports that it is running.  Please be patient.

If the script is failing in an infinite loop, then you don’t have the necessary prerequisite Windows Updates.

Besides requiring Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update, you must also have installed:

For Windows 7 SP1:




For Windows 8.1 Update:




How to check if I have windows update KB3035583?

You can manually check if you have these updates by typing the following command in Command Prompt (Running as administrator)

dism /online /get-packages | findstr 3035583

If you have the update installed, this command will show the package identity.


If you cannot find the windows update KB3035583 installed on your PC, then you can follow below steps and manually install this update.


How to manually install Windows Update KB3035583?


If you need KB3035583, below are direct links to the files on Microsoft’s servers. You can download the specific file for your current OS.  Then run the msu file. I don’t guarantee that this will work for everyone.

Windows 7 x64

Windows 8.1 x64

Windows 7 x86

Windows 8.1 x86


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