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    KB3035583 Query

    wixey

      Hi,

      Just after installing the above update this evening, I got a McAfee pop-up saying "GWX Config manager" wanted Internet Access. I don't know what this is, but it seems to be connected to Microsoft. Is it okay to allow Internet access?

      Thanks.

        • 1. Re: KB3035583 Query
          Hayton

          I got the same popup message from McAfee yesterday and reported the file to McAfee for analysis, not knowing what it was. Since then CatDaddy and Ex_Brit have been discussing this, and Ex_Brit reckons it's come from an optional Windows update for Windows 7 that downloaded a directory's worth of files into \windows\system32\gwx.

           

          GWX apparently is a preparation for upgrading to Windows 10 ("WX"). GWX = "Get Windows 10", perhaps.

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          • 2. Re: KB3035583 Query
            Peter M

            This update allows a system upgrade to be offered via Windows Update, when the opportunity arises.  (Windows 10 should be released later this year).

             

            Microsoft did announce that anyone with Windows 7 SP1 and 8/8.1 would be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 and as far as I know, nothing has been announced to counteract that.

             

            So allow it.

            • 3. Re: KB3035583 Query
              wixey

              Thanks Hayton and Ex_Brit,

               

              As long as it's not malicious, that's okay. I'm just wondering why this update was changed from "Optional" to "Recommended" - this isn't the first time I've seen an optional update get a status "upgrade"... ? 

              • 4. Re: KB3035583 Query
                Peter M

                Well I  can understand them wanting to encourage people to step forward and go for a more secure OS...when the time comes of course.

                • 5. Re: KB3035583 Query
                  Hayton

                  This was offered twice, the second time on April 3rd. Nothing seems to have changed for the re-release except perhaps that initially this was an Optional update but now is Important unless you hide it, when it becomes Recommended.

                   

                  What is it? It's a countdown promo, that's what. Some time this summer we'll start seeing Infomercials - sorry, pop-up and splash-screen advertising - from Microsoft encouraging us to make the jump to izzy-wizzy Windows 10. It goes through several stages, so perhaps it's on a timer or else our PCs get prompts from Big Brother Central to move on to the next stage. Several people have analysed the xml file to see what's in it, and that's the consensus.

                   

                  KB3035583: Windows Update is an adware/PUA/PUS/PUP for Windows 10 upgrade - General Discussion - ESET Security Forum

                  Microsoft releases mystery Windows patch KB 3035583 @ AskWoody.com

                  http://www.nsaneforums.com/topic/242542-windows-update-kb3035583/

                  Suspicious New Folder: - Microsoft Community

                  • 6. Re: KB3035583 Query
                    Hayton

                    Uninstalling this particular Big Brother Update is definitely an option here, I would have thought.

                    • 7. Re: KB3035583 Query
                      Peter M

                      Don't believe everything you read.   Similar updates have occurred well in advance of such things as the release of service packs for instance.  Of course those have fallen out of favour nowadays.

                      There's always someone who thinks there's a conspiracy hiding in every new thing.

                      • 8. Re: KB3035583 Query
                        Hayton

                        Peter, for once I have to disagree with you. It's not a conspiracy, it's Microsoft preparing to jolly us along to accept Windows 10, and it's right there in the code of that xml file in the ..\gwx subdirectory. And yes there will be on-screen advertising during this process which we probably won't be able to turn off. Just read the articles I linked to and you'll see this is almost certainly the case.

                         

                        Partial excerpt from xml code -

                        <Phases>

                            <Phase name="None">

                              <AntUXProcess>false</AntUXProcess>

                              <TrayIcon>false</TrayIcon>

                              <Advertisement>false</Advertisement>

                              <ReservationPage>false</ReservationPage>

                              <Upgrading>false</Upgrading>

                              <DownloadInProgress>false</DownloadInProgress>

                              <DownloadComplete>false</DownloadComplete>

                              <ReadyForSetup>false</ReadyForSetup>

                              <SetupInProgress>false</SetupInProgress>

                              <SetupComplete>false</SetupComplete>

                            </Phase>

                            <Phase name="AnticipationUX">

                              <AntUXProcess>true</AntUXProcess>

                              <TrayIcon>true</TrayIcon>

                              <Advertisement>true</Advertisement>

                              <ReservationPage>false</ReservationPage>

                              <Upgrading>false</Upgrading>

                              <DownloadInProgress>false</DownloadInProgress>

                              <DownloadComplete>false</DownloadComplete>

                              <ReadyForSetup>false</ReadyForSetup>

                              <SetupInProgress>false</SetupInProgress>

                              <SetupComplete>false</SetupComplete>

                            </Phase>

                            <Phase name="Reservation">

                              <AntUXProcess>true</AntUXProcess>

                              <TrayIcon>true</TrayIcon>

                              <Advertisement>true</Advertisement>

                              <ReservationPage>true</ReservationPage>

                              <Upgrading>false</Upgrading>

                              <DownloadInProgress>false</DownloadInProgress>

                              <DownloadComplete>false</DownloadComplete>

                              <ReadyForSetup>false</ReadyForSetup>

                              <SetupInProgress>false</SetupInProgress>

                              <SetupComplete>false</SetupComplete>

                            </Phase>

                            <Phase name="Reserved">

                              <AntUXProcess>true</AntUXProcess>

                              <TrayIcon>true</TrayIcon>

                              <Advertisement>true</Advertisement>

                              <ReservationPage>false</ReservationPage>

                              <Upgrading>false</Upgrading>

                              <DownloadInProgress>false</DownloadInProgress>

                              <DownloadComplete>false</DownloadComplete>

                              <ReadyForSetup>false</ReadyForSetup>

                              <SetupInProgress>false</SetupInProgress>

                              <SetupComplete>false</SetupComplete>

                            </Phase>

                            <Phase name="RTM">

                              <AntUXProcess>true</AntUXProcess>

                              <TrayIcon>true</TrayIcon>

                              <Advertisement>true</Advertisement>

                              <ReservationPage>false</ReservationPage>

                              <Upgrading>false</Upgrading>

                              <DownloadInProgress>false</DownloadInProgress>

                              <DownloadComplete>false</DownloadComplete>

                              <ReadyForSetup>false</ReadyForSetup>

                              <SetupInProgress>false</SetupInProgress>

                              <SetupComplete>false</SetupComplete>

                            </Phase>

                            <Phase name="GA">

                              <AntUXProcess>true</AntUXProcess>

                              <TrayIcon>true</TrayIcon>

                              <Advertisement>false</Advertisement>

                              <ReservationPage>false</ReservationPage>

                              <Upgrading>true</Upgrading>

                              <DownloadInProgress>false</DownloadInProgress>

                              <DownloadComplete>false</DownloadComplete>

                              <ReadyForSetup>false</ReadyForSetup>

                              <SetupInProgress>false</SetupInProgress>

                              <SetupComplete>false</SetupComplete>

                            </Phase>

                            <Phase name="UpgradeDetected">

                              <AntUXProcess>true</AntUXProcess>

                              <TrayIcon>true</TrayIcon>

                              <Advertisement>false</Advertisement>

                              <ReservationPage>false</ReservationPage>

                              <Upgrading>true</Upgrading>

                              <DownloadInProgress>false</DownloadInProgress>

                              <DownloadComplete>false</DownloadComplete>

                              <ReadyForSetup>false</ReadyForSetup>

                              <SetupInProgress>false</SetupInProgress>

                              <SetupComplete>false</SetupComplete>

                            </Phase>

                            <Phase name="UpgradeDownloadInProgress">

                              <AntUXProcess>true</AntUXProcess>

                              <TrayIcon>true</TrayIcon>

                              <Advertisement>false</Advertisement>

                              <ReservationPage>false</ReservationPage>

                              <Upgrading>true</Upgrading>

                              <DownloadInProgress>true</DownloadInProgress>

                              <DownloadComplete>false</DownloadComplete>

                              <ReadyForSetup>false</ReadyForSetup>

                              <SetupInProgress>false</SetupInProgress>

                              <SetupComplete>false</SetupComplete>

                            </Phase>

                            <Phase name="UpgradeDownloaded">

                              <AntUXProcess>true</AntUXProcess>

                              <TrayIcon>true</TrayIcon>

                              <Advertisement>false</Advertisement>

                              <ReservationPage>false</ReservationPage>

                              <Upgrading>true</Upgrading>

                              <DownloadInProgress>false</DownloadInProgress>

                              <DownloadComplete>true</DownloadComplete>

                              <ReadyForSetup>false</ReadyForSetup>

                              <SetupInProgress>false</SetupInProgress>

                              <SetupComplete>false</SetupComplete>

                            </Phase>

                            <Phase name="UpgradeReadyToInstall">

                              <AntUXProcess>true</AntUXProcess>

                              <TrayIcon>true</TrayIcon>

                              <Advertisement>false</Advertisement>

                              <ReservationPage>false</ReservationPage>

                              <Upgrading>true</Upgrading>

                              <DownloadInProgress>false</DownloadInProgress>

                              <DownloadComplete>false</DownloadComplete>

                              <ReadyForSetup>true</ReadyForSetup>

                              <SetupInProgress>false</SetupInProgress>

                              <SetupComplete>false</SetupComplete>

                            </Phase>

                            <Phase name="UpgradeReadySetupInProgress">

                              <AntUXProcess>true</AntUXProcess>

                              <TrayIcon>true</TrayIcon>

                              <Advertisement>false</Advertisement>

                              <ReservationPage>false</ReservationPage>

                              <Upgrading>true</Upgrading>

                              <DownloadInProgress>false</DownloadInProgress>

                              <DownloadComplete>false</DownloadComplete>

                              <ReadyForSetup>false</ReadyForSetup>

                              <SetupInProgress>true</SetupInProgress>

                              <SetupComplete>false</SetupComplete>

                            </Phase>

                            <Phase name="UpgradeSetupCompatBlock">

                              <AntUXProcess>true</AntUXProcess>

                              <TrayIcon>true</TrayIcon>

                              <Advertisement>false</Advertisement>

                              <ReservationPage>false</ReservationPage>

                              <Upgrading>true</Upgrading>

                              <DownloadInProgress>false</DownloadInProgress>

                              <DownloadComplete>false</DownloadComplete>

                              <ReadyForSetup>false</ReadyForSetup>

                              <SetupInProgress>false</SetupInProgress>

                              <SetupComplete>false</SetupComplete>

                            </Phase>

                            <Phase name="UpgradeSetupRolledBack">

                              <AntUXProcess>true</AntUXProcess>

                              <TrayIcon>true</TrayIcon>

                              <Advertisement>false</Advertisement>

                              <ReservationPage>false</ReservationPage>

                              <Upgrading>true</Upgrading>

                              <DownloadInProgress>false</DownloadInProgress>

                              <DownloadComplete>false</DownloadComplete>

                              <ReadyForSetup>false</ReadyForSetup>

                              <SetupInProgress>false</SetupInProgress>

                              <SetupComplete>false</SetupComplete>

                            </Phase>

                            <Phase name="UPgradeSetupFailed">

                              <AntUXProcess>true</AntUXProcess>

                              <TrayIcon>true</TrayIcon>

                              <Advertisement>false</Advertisement>

                              <ReservationPage>false</ReservationPage>

                              <Upgrading>true</Upgrading>

                              <DownloadInProgress>false</DownloadInProgress>

                              <DownloadComplete>false</DownloadComplete>

                              <ReadyForSetup>false</ReadyForSetup>

                              <SetupInProgress>false</SetupInProgress>

                              <SetupComplete>false</SetupComplete>

                            </Phase>

                            <Phase name="UpgradeSetupComplete">

                              <AntUXProcess>true</AntUXProcess>

                              <TrayIcon>true</TrayIcon>

                              <Advertisement>false</Advertisement>

                              <ReservationPage>false</ReservationPage>

                              <Upgrading>true</Upgrading>

                              <DownloadInProgress>false</DownloadInProgress>

                              <DownloadComplete>false</DownloadComplete>

                              <ReadyForSetup>false</ReadyForSetup>

                              <SetupInProgress>false</SetupInProgress>

                              <SetupComplete>true</SetupComplete>

                            </Phase>

                        </Phases>

                        • 9. Re: Re: KB3035583 Query
                          Hayton

                          Also (from Windows Update KB3035583 - Software Chat - nsane.forums)

                           

                          Looks like these new functions will be enabled

                          151    Get Windows 10

                          152    Get Windows 7 SP1

                          153    Get Windows 8.1

                          154    Show &Advertisements

                          155    Show &Compatibility Report

                          156    E&xit

                          157    Install &Now

                          158    &Version

                          159    &Help

                          160    &Reserve your free upgrade

                          161    Get to know &Windows 10

                          162    Go to Windows &Update

                          163    &Check your upgrade status

                          164    &Unreserve

                          165    &Get Windows 10

                          166    &Show reservation information

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