An update to Windows 7 and 8.1 takes care of preparing the system for Windows 10, which is expected in the second half of the year.
Normally Windows updates include bug fixes, and in rare cases, new features. But in the case of updatingKB3035583 For Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8.1, we are facing something more special, since it includes changes and programs designed to update to Windows 10.
This update is recommended but optional, so we have to mark it in Windows Update for it to install since it will not install automatically. And we don’t really lose anything if we don’t install it right now, but if we want to take advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10 we will need it sooner or later.
You have to prepare the system for Windows 10
That’s because KB3035583 adds a folder to the system called GWX with various executable files. The description of one of them reveals that it will allow us download Windows 10 when available.
Other files refer to the method that Microsoft will use to notify us of the launch of Windows 10, which will be done in phases. Right now they don’t do anything, but when the time comes we will start to see warnings on the home screen Windows 10 is coming, in addition to a icon in the notification area.
It seems that Microsoft wants to make sure that everyone finds out about launching a new operating system, and so display ads on the home screen. It is not surprising, since the success of Windows 10 may depend on the future of the company.