How to prevent Windows Update from installing the update?


  1. Posts : 11
    Windows 10
       #1

    How to prevent Windows Update from installing the update?


    I'm running Win10 Home ver 1607. Windows Update has downloaded ver 1709 (due to an unmetered connection) and Windows Update now wants me to update. However I don't want to update and want to remove the downloaded data from my PC. How can I prevent Windows Update from installing the update? Thx, Rob
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  2. Posts : 25,011
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #2

    unbob said:
    I'm running Win10 Home ver 1607. ... I don't want to update...
    You do realise that 1607 will stop receiving security updates around March 2018?

    Desktop operating systems Date of availability End of support
    Windows 10 version 1507 ** July 29, 2015 May 9, 2017
    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
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...cle-fact-sheet
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  3. Posts : 11
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks! Yes I know. I'm traveling until March and don't want to be bothered with updates at the present time.
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  4. Posts : 2,790
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
       #4

    1. Win+R->gpedit.msc
    2. Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->System->Internet Communication Management->Internet Communication settings.
    3. double-click Turn off access to all Windows Update features->Enable


    If Windows Home is used. The above will not work (No group policy available). Use registry hack instead:

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    
    [HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1890307222-450181549-3908673531-1001\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Group Policy Objects\{B29AB24F-B1A6-47D3-97A9-56ED9CDB7BD3}Machine\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
    "DisableWindowsUpdateAccess"=dword:00000001
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  5. Posts : 11
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Thanks. But I want to continue receiving security updates - just don't want the ver 1709 update!! To be honest I fear 1709 due to all the negative horror stories I've read here and elsewhere re installing and running 1709. I just wish it would "go away"! Though I've been running Windows for many years I'm not happy at all with the direction it's going in and now beginning to consider OS alternatives.

    topgundcp said:
    1. Win+R->gpedit.msc
    2. Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->System->Internet Communication Management->Internet Communication settings.
    3. double-click Turn off access to all Windows Update features->Enable


    If Windows Home is used. The above will not work (No group policy available). Use registry hack instead:

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    
    [HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1890307222-450181549-3908673531-1001\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Group Policy Objects\{B29AB24F-B1A6-47D3-97A9-56ED9CDB7BD3}Machine\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
    "DisableWindowsUpdateAccess"=dword:00000001
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  6. Posts : 7,114
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #6

    Another way is explained here Hide or Show Windows Updates in Windows 10
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