Running a Windows 7/8/8.1 PC but can't find the 'Get Windows 10' icon in your system tray? Here's a possible fix.
The fix is outlined on tech site Ghacks (and I encourage you to read through the instructions carefully), so I'm only going to cover the process in brief here.
- Download the .ZIP file that contains the batch file.
- Unzip the batch file (called win10fix_full.bat) and put it somewhere convenient (like on your desktop)
- Right-click on the batch file and choose Run as administrator then click Yes.
- Read the instructions while making your way to the main menu.
- When you get to the main menu you will be presented with five options. Start off by choosing option 1 (by pressing 1). This will check that you have the relevant updates applied. If you don't have the relevant updates installed then you need to exit the batch file (pressing 5) and run Windows Update before running the batch file again.
- If everything checks out on the update front, you have three options for fixes. I suggest working through them one at a time.
- If the icon appears then give yourself a pat on the back. If you run all three options and the icon still nowhere to be seen then at least you can say you tried.
Some cautions and caveats worth bearing in mind:
- I've checked the batch file and run it on a number of test systems and seen no harmful side-effects. However, the cautious among you might want to load the batch file into a text editor and check it out.
- If any of the instructions above leave you scratching your head, this fix is not for you.
- If running this batch file breaks something on your system, then you're on your own. Have a backup, because if things go wrong, not being able to upgrade to Windows 10 is going to be the least of your problems
- Even if you don't sign up to get Windows 10 it will still be made available as a download, although you might not get it on day one. If you're not in a rush, then there's no need to bother with the whole 'Get Windows 10' signup process.
- If it's getting rid of the icon that you want to do, here's how to do that.
Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley has some information on why some users might not be seeing the 'Get Windows 10' icon.
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