Windows 10 is launching officially on July 29th, and Microsoft is planning to give this as a free upgrade to those who opt in. To make this even easier, Microsoft is pushing this option as an update for Windows 7 and Windows 8. This is also being called as “Reserve your copy of Windows 10”. In theory, this should work automatically as you will get a Windows logo icon, in the right corner of the screen, around the clock, which you can click and then choose to reserve. It will verify your existing installation for it being genuine, and once successful will make your PC ready for upgrade.
If that Get Windows 10 App icon doesn’t appear on your PC, here is what you can do to make it appear manually. There are some pre-requistes:
You will need the following updates:
- For Windows 7 SP1 : KB3035583 and KB2952664
- For Windows 8.1 : KB3035583 and KB2976978
If they are not in your Windows Update list, hit the “Check for Update” option to forcefully download it.
How to make the Get Windows 10 Update Icon Appear:
Step 1: Open Notepad copy the text below, as it is. You may have to remove the quotes with quotes in your keyboard. Perform simple search and replace.
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”
Now save this as “ReseverMyWindows10Copy.cmd” and save it to a location which is easy to remember. Right click on the file, and select COPY PATH.
Step: 2 Open Command Prompt: Search for command prompt in your start screen. Right click and select “Run as Administrator” . Now right click and paste the copied path on the prompt and hit enter. If this doesn’t work, change directory in command prompt and locate the file, and execute.
Step 4: Go to Windows Update and Select Automatic Updates. In case you have manual updates set, this will help. Next run this command from the command prompt, wuauclt.exe/updatenow, Make sure to run it using Administrator Privilege.
Step 3 Wait: If your text in the CMD file is right, it will run in continuous loop. It will basically try to make the Windows 10 Upgrade App reappear on task bar.
It may take more than 10 minutes for it to work. So sit back and relax with a coffee.