Taskbar icon - Windows Update Status - how to KILL it?

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    Taskbar icon - Windows Update Status - how to KILL it?

    Hello All,

    I have a desktop and a laptop both running Win10x64. I've had the desktop for a longer time, and I can't remember how I managed to completely kill off anything update related. It's been so quiet on that front for a year+ now that I completely forgot about fighting against update-pushing hell!

    But the laptop is new, and I've been tailoring it to my needs for a week or two now, in a piecemeal kind of way.

    I CANNOT get rid of the Windows Update Status notification icon in the Taskbar (little rectangle with cycling arrows, with an exclamation marked red disc on top). Although it's disabled, or "turned off", in that horribly iPad-looking preference pane ("Select which icons appear in the taskbar"), it's still there.

    Can someone please help?
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    W11+W11 Developer Insider + Linux

    Which exact version do you have ? It's a new feature that indicates that new updates are downloaded and ready to restart to apply them.
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    Thread Starter

    Thanks for your reply.

    Version 10.0.17134 Build 17134

    EDIT: Feature? I crave for a feature which would let me tell Windows not to do anything about updates; not downloading, not telling me anything about it — not even going to check if there's anything new. Just stay put and do what (and only what) I tell Windows to do.
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    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Hi, answered many times:

    a. Stop Windows 10 Updates Properly and Completely Solved - Windows 10 Forums
    b. Windows Update Minitool (free) or similar

    I'm assuming you have Home- if you had Pro you could defer upgrades for up to 365 days, and set updates to Notify- although MS has changed Notify so it is no longer so helpful.
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    Thread Starter

    Thanks a lot! This is just great and seems to work flawlessly.
    I searched the forum but couldn't find this.
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    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Sometimes updates can be problematic- MS just doesn't provide for that easily, although they know perfectly well some users have problems.

    Of course you can 'hide' updates too. (Tutorial)
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