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Windows 7: Stopping GWX ConfigManager

01 Jun 2015   #11

Windows 7 x64 Pro

dancing leaves,

Not sure what to recommend. I just searched my C;\Windows folder and the only file or directory with gwx in the name was a log folder that was easily deleted. Have you rebooted since doing the uninstall of the update?

To directly answer your question, do a search for change file owner and follow the procedure to change the ownership of the file from the current owner to your account (assuming your account has administrator privileges). Once you do that, you should be able to delete the file.

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01 Jun 2015   #12
dancing leaves

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

What are all these amd64... and wow64... folders?

It looks like there's a MANIFEST file of the same names (plus 2 extra) in the winsxs folder; should they remain?
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01 Jun 2015   #13
dancing leaves

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

Good grief! I ran another search for 'gwx' and all these other files came up:

Now what?

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01 Jun 2015   #14

Windows 7 x64 Pro

Sorry - no idea
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01 Jun 2015   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Bah, sorry wrong thread

You shouldn't mess with winsxs folders.

You can uninstall the Windows 10 Preparation updates -


hide the notification - Remove "Get Windows 10" from taskbar
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01 Jun 2015   #16

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1

You're not far off GokAy; If dancing leaves uses your first link (it's still good even though its struck out) s/he can use the list that Tookeri has compiled to uninstall the Win10 updates. There are one or two more threads, one by CarWiz that explains that if you uninstall these updates the uninstall procedure should also remove the gwx folders and files.

dancing leaves; Take note that you need to remove the updates that are not marked with red, those are for win 8/8.1 only.
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01 Jun 2015   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

There are so many of these threads now, it becomes confusing :)

From Brink's post in News, KB3035583 is enough to stop the nag screen.

Also see Get Windows 10 Icon - Remove from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1 - Windows 10 Forums
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01 Jun 2015   #18
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

I just did a regedit and remove every thing GWX.
Then I did a sfc /scannow and found no errors.
So far every thing is working okay.

***Do at your own risk.***
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02 Jun 2015   #19

Win 7 Ultimate

These files are part of the Free Win 10 offer. When it first pops up it allows you to reserve your free upgrade to Win 10 when it becomes available at the end of June or July this year . However when you reserve your copy or not it does not go away and loads each time the computer boots. I have 2 files loading, GWX.exe and GWXUX.exe which is the actual popup that allows you reserve win 10 upgrade. Why they have to keep it running after you have reserved your upgrade is beyond me although it is easy to close it via taskmanager. I cannot find how these files are loading at bootup as they are not loading from Services or Startup in Msconfig.

After more research I came across this, Remove the Get Windows 10 icon from the icon tray - Windows 10 a way to shut it down.
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02 Jun 2015   #20

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

I have a GWX folder in system32, I had to use a reg hack to remove it ( no permission ) but if you run sfc it finds corrupted files and keeps replacing GWX

Good Grief
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