How to REALLY stop Win10 from auto updating?

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  1. Posts : 31
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    How to REALLY stop Win10 from auto updating?


    I'm having a hard time making Windows REALLY stop updating without consent.

    The idea is that when I'm turning on my laptop for the first time in a while I'm usually in a place where I'm hotspotting with my mobile phone. Needless to say I need to limit my data flow making sure that no updates are running without consent.
    Another annoying issue comes if updates are being loaded. Usually when I'm prepared to shut down the system there is no "shut down" option that doesn't have update related option to go with it. Again needless to say if I need to shut down and move right away there is not time to wait for updates to be installed, I need to plug out of power and go and just yanking the cable out doesn't seem like a healthy solution.

    What's the best way to achieve this?

    I've searched the forums and found a tutorial. Here's my results on that.

    1. There is no gpedit.msc on my system, it seems. Searches, run or CMD come up empty.
    2. Searches on registry root with regedit "Enable_Automatic_Updates.reg" come up empty.
    3. I do not need to stop driver updates, I need to stop all updates.
    4. I don't need to stop non critical updates, I need to stop all updates.
    5. Windows update service is now disabled and still forced updates arrive.

    Any other ideas? I read in another forum that someone has tweaked their windows to think they have some sort of cable connection so that the Windows thinks it's costly to download stuff so they can't do it legally without permission hence ending the sneaky forced background stuff. Sounds good enough to me but I haven't found out details on what's being done or how to do it.
    The goal is
    1. never to have ONLY "update and shutdown" options, but also "no thanks, in a hurry today, I'll just want to shut down"
    2. prevent any and all unwanted data download until in an environment where it's preferred (such as solid cable, no wifi)

    Thanks for replies.
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  2. Dirk Gently's Avatar
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    Windows 10
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  3. Posts : 31
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    I'm desperate but not quite yet on the edge of the cliff with random 3rd party tools.
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  4. TairikuOkami's Avatar
    Posts : 4,657
    Windows Home Dev 21H1 x64
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    ScothMcBeast said:
    I'm desperate but not quite yet on the edge of the cliff with random 3rd party tools.
    I use this, it blocks auto-checking for updates:
    Code:
    takeown /f "%WINDIR%\System32\UsoClient.exe" /a
    icacls "%WINDIR%\System32\UsoClient.exe" /inheritance:r /grant:r Administrators:F /c
    icacls "%WINDIR%\System32\UsoClient.exe" /remove "Administrators"
    To reset it back to the original state:
    Code:
    icacls "%WINDIR%\System32\UsoClient.exe" /reset
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    Other option is to create create a nonexistent symlink, downloading updates will always fail:
    Code:
    taskkill /im TiWorker.exe /f
    net stop wuauserv /y
    rd "%WINDIR%\SoftwareDistribution" /s /q
    mklink /d "%WINDIR%\SoftwareDistribution" "X:\SoftwareDistribution"
    A bit extreme, but a simple solution is to block svchost.exe in the firewall, but it will also block updating certificates and a bunch of other stuff. Make sure to setup DNS servers manually first.
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  5. RoasterMen's Avatar
    Posts : 832
    Windows 10 LTSC
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    Or you could set the time on when your computer is off, that way the update will "run" when the computer is off (Meaning, it won't bother you unless you haven't checked for updates for a long time.)
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  6. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    Posts : 5,021
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
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    ScothMcBeast said:
    I'm desperate but not quite yet on the edge of the cliff with random 3rd party tools.
    Assuming that a CMD file does not count as a third-party tool, you may simply run the "Disable hijackers.cmd" file in this zipped file. It will disable a number of system files that force auto-updates.
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  7. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    Posts : 5,021
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
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    ScothMcBeast said:
    Sounds good enough to me but I haven't found out details on what's being done or how to do it.
    Assuming that you are talking about metered connection, you may simply run the "Metered or unmetered.cmd" file in the said zipped file. It can set the Default, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi connections as metered or unmetered according to your choice.
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  8. Posts : 31
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #8

    I've put my connection up as metered now that the term was finally known to me. I will compare to my desktop now to see if it gets updates but laptop doesn't, then all is good. Just need to wait for the next Win10 patch. Will let you know if this did the trick.
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  9. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    Posts : 5,021
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #9

    ScothMcBeast said:
    Will let you know if this did the trick.
    I already know. See Windows now doing automatic updates over metered connection - Windows 10 Forums

    ScothMcBeast said:
    I've put my connection up as metered
    Have you done so via my CMD script file?
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  10. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    Posts : 5,021
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #10

    No tasks can be run because I have disabled the hijackers.
    How to REALLY stop Win10 from auto updating?-task.jpg

    I did not click on "Check for updates" yesterday, but it found an available update.
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