Windows 10 downloader for Windows 7 and 8.1 arrives in an update

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  1. Juan Figueroa

    I don’t have that folder and Windows 7 is updated, strange.

  2. Dan

    Thanks for this tip…I read email off an Acer laptop w/Windows7 Home 64 bit; I went straight to System32 and there it was: the same GWX files you mentioned! It shows added “3/27/2015 at 12.32PM”, file version 6.3.9600.17738. Can this be removed?

  3. Juan Figueroa

    Do not uninstall yet, maybe it will be needed for other things, not Win 10 only.

  4. GrayHat

    Just fetched the update on a Windows 7 SP1 box and had a look at the files found inside the GWX hidden folder using a tool called resHacker ( and… well, the critter seems to just be an advertising shim to nag the users to install Windows 10 and nothing more; if you’re curious, just pick the above tool and have a look at the GWX.exe stringtables (look at the 1033 ones) and version infos and you’ll see it by yourself

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