Windows 10: Permanently block an update

  1.    13 Dec 2017 #1

    Permanently block an update


    How do I permanently block a windows 10 update from automatically trying to install itself? Recently there was some update "1703" and "1709" which as usual installed itself without my consent. The update completely broke my computer's search function, can't search for anything including Cortana or even within the settings app. I used recovery settings to revert back to previous version of Windows and now search works again, but it just decided to install itself again?? Now the moment I try to restart computer, the stupid update will break my computer again and I gotta revert. Not to mention it'll take hours for the update to even install.

    https://preview.ibb.co/jOrjKm/buggyupdate.png

    How do I permanently block/delete this update? And preferably completely remove this second attempt at installing it so I don't end up with no computer for the entire night?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    13 Dec 2017 #2

    Hi, I guess you may be on build 1607. This is quite old now, and is scheduled for end of support next year. End of support dates below:
    Windows 10 version 1511 ** November 10, 2015 October 10, 2017
    Windows 10 version 1607 ** August 2, 2016 Tentatively March 2018
    Windows 10 version 1703 ** April 5, 2017 Tentatively September 2018
    Windows 10 version 1709** October 17, 2017 Tentatively March 2019

    To block ('hide') updates see:
    Hide or Show Windows Updates in Windows 10 Windows Update Activation Tutorials
    People have reported this can be made to work for upgrades - I've not tried personally.

    The upgrades you are referring to are the now typically 6 monthly major build upgrades when all system files comprising Windows are replaced and new features introduced, and old removed. Unfortunately this also means bugs may be introduced- even driver incompatibility.

    I am running build 1703, and search works fine. If that is the only issue you face with 1703, it should be fixable- it's not as far as I've noted a common problem. That it then doesn't work for you suggests an underlying problem of a different sort- rather than one of the Windows bugs.

    Suggest you run some routine tests which are in any case good practice e.g.
    1. First check your disk:
    Download and run Hard Disk Sentinel (trial) and make sure all disks are reported as good.
    If not, do not continue, and post back .

    2. Now check your file system:

    From an admin command or powershell prompt
    [Windows key + X, click command prompt (admin)]
    chkdsk C: /F
    Your PC will need to restart.
    Post back the result, which you can get after a restart as follows:
    Read Chkdsk Log in Event Viewer in Windows 10 Performance Maintenance Tutorials
    or
    How to read Event Viewer log for Chkdsk in Windows 10 [Tip] | Reviews, news, tips, and tricks | dotTechdotTech
    or
    How do I see the results of a CHKDSK that ran on boot? - Ask Leo!
    Make sure the result is clear or fixed- else do not proceed.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 2,111
    Windows 10 Pro x64 FCU - XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       13 Dec 2017 #3

    This is the Upgrade from 1703 to 1709 and as a feature upgrade it is possible to delay installation for a while but this is only possible on the Pro Version of windows 10 and above. there are some ways that you can delay the upgrade on home versions the simplest is to set your internet connection to Metered, as Windows Update will not send over a connection that is likely to cost the user money.

    If you search the forum and especially the tutorials here you should find suggestions to help - the one issue you may find is that Wireless is easy to set to Metered, it needs a registry edit to do on version 1703 for Ethernet wired internet (ironically it is possible to do this with a simple checkbox in Version 1709 )

    Eventually even this will stop working as Microsoft will only allow delay for a few months so I would suggest you start a thread asking for help here to solve your issue after upgrade as even with Pro systems the longest you can delay an upgrade is around twelve months

    The way that Microsoft deals with upgrades has changed there are now two Feature upgrades planned each year and these will only be supported for about two years, This change means that windows will evolve quickly to meet changes in usage ETC but the downside of this is that upgrades are more or less compulsory
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  4. Posts : 14,114
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       13 Dec 2017 #4

    There are methods to permanently block upgrades. They don't stop the automatic Windows attempt to update or upgrade.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 268
    Windows 10
       13 Dec 2017 #5

    This is just wrong ...
    dalchina said: View Post
    I am running build 1703, and search works fine. If that is the only issue you face with 1703, it should be fixable- it's not as far as I've noted a common problem. That it then doesn't work for you suggests an underlying problem of a different sort- rather than one of the Windows bugs.
    If MS pushes an update and it breaks the targeted computer, then it's a Windows defect.

    If there had been forewarning that the update is incompatible with certain computers ...
    If there had been an option to avoid the update ...
    Then the poor user has an opportunity to avoid the problems.

    But no such forewarning exists, nor does the option to avoid the update.
    Microsoft has broken the update/maintenance model.
    Don't place the blame on any other party.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    13 Dec 2017 #6

    zbook said: View Post
    There are methods to permanently block upgrades. They don't stop the automatic Windows attempt to update or upgrade.
    In Group Policy it does if you have Pro. I have it Block as 16299 will not work properly on mine. Compulsory maybe, but I will NOT buy a new PC just to upgrade to a build full of features that I do not need or want. One could still get updates by using Windows Update Catalog. My God, there are users still on XP and MS wants to stop users on The CU? Seems quite odd that users on 10240 are still OK.
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  7. Posts : 14,114
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       13 Dec 2017 #7

    For example several computers have failed to upgrade.
    This computer has windows 10 pro version 1703 build 15063.786
    It had had the same problem earlier this year with version 1607 and was fixed for the upgrade.
    Another has windows 10 pro version 1607 build 14394.1914
    They both will have expected failed upgrades with unexpected timing attempts to upgrade windows to version1709.
    Windows had displayed on each computer failure to upgrade Windows system reserved partition.
    So the computers will always fail to upgrade until the underlying partition problems are fixed.
    However they still will have expected forced upgrade attempts with unknown timing.
    Notepad, browsers, other applications/software are all at risk with the reboots.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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