How to reserve your Free Upgrade to Windows 10

Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade to users of Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. If you have recently downloaded and installed all the latest Windows Updates and restarted your Windows computer, you may have noticed a white Windows flag icon in the notification area on the right side of the taskbar. This icon will help you reserve your free upgrade to Windows 10.

windows 10 app icon

KB3035583 is a Windows Update offered by Microsoft, which appears in the list of ‘Important’ updates. It is this update which is responsible for the Windows icon.

Microsoft describes this as an update that enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications when new updates are available to the user in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1.  To be able to install this update, your computer must have the KB2919355 update installed for Windows 8.1 systems or Service Pack 1 installed for Windows 7 systems.

If you are seeing this Windows 10 App icon in your taskbar, we urge you to reserve your Windows 10 copy for download, so that it is offered to you when it is made available. It is a time-limited upgrade offer.

The benefit of reserving your copy is that you will be able to upgrade your system to Windows 10 in just a few clicks. This Windows 10 App will also check your computer for compatibility issues, if any. Even if you do not reserve your copy, you will still be able to upgrade to Windows 10 later on, manually, by downloading the setup files.

Before you reserve your copy of the Windows 10 Upgrade or install Windows 10, it may be good idea to check your computer for Windows 10 device & app compatibility.

Read: When will I get the Windows 10 free upgrade?

Reserve Free Windows 10 Upgrade

To reserve your Windows 10 Upgrade, click on the icon. The following window will open.

reserve free windows 10 upgrade

You may read more about Windows 10 and its features, by clicking on the arrow on the right side or you may simply click on the Reserve your free upgrade button. In the next window which appears, you may opt to receive an email confirmation, or you may simply select the Skip email confirmation option.

That is all you need to do. You will see an All done for now message and the windows will close.

Your Windows 10 upgrade will be reserved. If you open Windows Update, you will see the following message: Windows 10 upgrade reserved.


Around the 29th of June, you will receive a notification stating that Windows 10 is ready to download or downloaded already – depending on your Windows Update settings. It is a 3 GB download. Once you receive this notification, you can install the Windows 10 Upgrade on to your computer or schedule its installation for a suitable time.

It is an upgrade and will preserve all your settings, programs and data, but it is always better if you backup your data and keep it safely. The non-compatible programs may get deactivated.

Read: List of features removed in Windows 10.

How to cancel the reserved Windows 10 Upgrade

If you wish to cancel the reservation, you will have to right-click on the Windows 10 Upgrade app icon, and select Check your upgrade status. The app window will open. Next, click on the 3 Hamburger lines you see in the top left corner. A black panel will pop out from the left side. Here under Getting the upgrade, select View confirmation. You will now see the following window.

cancel reserved windows 10 upgrade

Click on Cancel reservation, to cancel your upgrade. You can of course, always reserve your upgrade anytime.

Read: How to upgrade your Windows 10 to the newer Build.

Take a look at this video. It tells you how to reserve your copy as well as how to upgrade your Windows installation in a few clicks.

Next we will see:

  1. How to hide or remove this Windows 10 upgrade app icon from the taskbar
  2. What to do if you do not see Get Windows 10 upgrade app icon in your taskbar.
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  1. Leon

    OK, but I have strange occasion about this. My friend have pirate version of win 7 ultimate and he recieved this upgrade option and I with legal and genuine win 8.1. pro 64 haven’t, but recently had update KB 3035583

  2. ReadandShare

    Once I have downloaded and reserved my Win 10 upgrade — can I remove the app — or must I stare at it every friggin’ moment until July 29th??

  3. I have written and scheduled a post on how to hide or remove that icon. Should be live in the next couple of hours.

  4. This is strange. Are you able to manually download and install KB3035583?

  5. clayto

    The W10 reservation procedure TWC refers to has not not worked for me (and many others) with a Windows 8.1 Tablet (with all updates and other conditions listed in the MS FAQ) —- nor did the various fixes I have tried, including what I believe may be the latest suggestion involving a Batch File download via DropBox and a Registry edit. So what do I do now? I want the Upgrade Assistant to confirm for certain that my Tablet and software are compatible and I want to reserve my copy so that it will be (I understand) downloaded in stages. How else can I do this, apart from the no-show taskbar icon and upgrade app?

  6. Recently had the update KB3035583 on my Windows 8.1 laptop but still can’t find the ‘Get Windows 10’ window. Clicking on Windows icon open the same apps window nd nthng new :-

  7. Meaning? have you installed the Windows 8.1 Update KB2919355 as well as KB3035583 ? Having done this, do you see or not see the white Win flag icon in the Notification area?

  8. Oleg

    Strange, I have both updates on my licensed Windows 8.1 Single Language 64x and still no icon.

  9. Vince Thor

    But, What about my files & folders, my bookmarks, my desktop icons, ms office & other softwares downloaded on my Win 7 Home Premium, win icon is appearing in my tray, its asking me to reserve this upgrade, I keep my laptop fully updated, do let me know what I need to do before I apply this upgrade ?????

  10. Your files & bookmarks will no be affected due to the upgrade. They will remain as they are Nevertheless, it might be a good idea to back your important files to another location.

  11. Vince Thor

    Thanks, actually this Win 7 Home Premium came pre-installed with my Dell Laptop, but, over the years, too many files, folders & softwares have taken lot of space on this Laptop, but, will take your advise & take backup of all files on Seagate External Hard Drive of around 2 TB. If anything goes wrong, there is nothing to loose, THANKS A LOT !!!!!

  12. Jineesh Joseph

    i have reserved for windows 10 three weeks back. i didn’t get the notification for the upgradation. still the window pop up with thank your for reserving windows 10. Those who have reserved after me got the windows 10 upgradation. Can you tell me a solution

  13. sanjib pande

    recently i try to manually upgrade my windows 8.1 pro through the windows 10 media creation tool with 32 bit. In first step of it’s work was downloading windows 10 has successfully finished after that it says about production key of win 10….. Now i can’t understand about this type of messege…. i haven’t production key … In this situation how can i get the win 10 upgrade. Please help me & suggest the right way….

  14. I suggest you don’t use the Tool. Wait for the upgrade to come to you…

  15. sanjib pande

    then how can i start for the upgrading process

  16. sanjib pande

    another question i have. I have just update the windows 7 with service pack 1 but window 10 upgrade white flag didn’t show in my notification bar of the corner of monitor. when it show in my computer…. can you tell me the another process…

  17. sanchit

    I have updated my windows 7 home basic and got windows 10 app button. I have downloaded win 10 with the help of this button and it has been downloaded completely but when i started to install this upgrade it started and got stuck. don’t know why.


    i don’t get this kind update icon because i don’t have geniun version of windows 8. then what should i do ?

  19. Don

    Don’t worry.

    You can always reserve a free copy of Elementary OS, Bodhi, Linux Mint, or Ubuntu…
    Probably work better, too!

    Relax! They’re free!!!!

  20. I AM D

    I have some problems with installing windows 10 pro oem, who can help me?

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