This week, Microsoft officially announced Windows 10’s release date, and allowed you to reserve a copy through an icon that appeared in your system tray. But after that, the system tray icon just…stays there. Here’s how to get rid of it.
That icon is pretty handy when it first pops up, and will likely download Windows 10 when it becomes available. It can also help you check your PC’s compatibility for Windows 10, which is neat. But it is a bit of an eyesore.
If you want to hide it from the taskbar, it’s very simple: click the arrow next to your system tray and click Customise. From there, change GWX’s dropdown to “Only show notifications”. It will still show up in your pop-up system tray, but not on the taskbar itself, taking up precious space.
Many of you Windows experts probably know this already — you can actually do this for any persistent system tray icon — but novice users annoyed by the new icon may not.
The folks at AskVG have a few other methods for removing the icon completely, for those that don’t even want to see it in the pop-up tray. Frankly, most are more work than they’re worth, especially considering the icon will probably go away in two months. But if you want to banish it from your computer entirely (say, if you have no plans to upgrade to Windows 10), check out the link below for more permanent solutions.