How to stop Windows 10 2004 from auto-installing things?

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  1. Posts : 24
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    How to stop Windows 10 2004 from auto-installing things?


    I have a lot of experience with Windows installs. In general, I disable auto-updates in Windows right after I've installed it, so I can manually run Windows Update when I like.

    However, in a new Windows installation I've done (where I used the Media Creation Tool to create a Windows 10 Pro 2004 installer), despite the fact that I disabled automatic updates in the registry and the Group Policy Editor (and rebooted), AS SOON AS I CONNECTED IT TO MY NETWORK, it started downloading and installing things - both apps and drivers - and saying "X just got installed. Check it out." in the notification area.

    This is new behavior to me. I wonder if this is new behavior with Release 2004?

    Does anyone know how I can completely stop Windows 10 2004 from downloading drivers, apps and system updates, and only run when I run Windows Update manually? I used to be able to do this in the past, but now it seems impossible. I'm sure there must be some registry or group policy trick other than what I've already done, no?
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    Hi, to completely take control of Windows Updates- and this is discussed time and time again here - see
    Enable or Disable Windows Update Automatic Updates in Windows 10
    - in particular Option 7.

    Sledgehammer is another free option permitting manual scan and selection - been around for several years.

    Apps:
    Turn On or Off Automatic Updates for Apps in Windows 10 Store

    Drivers:

    Enable or Disable Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10

    Note:

    UPDATE 2/19/2020: Windows 10 driver updates will now be manual Optional Updates

    Beginning with the August 2020 security update for Windows 10, when optional updates are detected by your device, they will be displayed on a new page under Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > View optional updates. That means you no longer need to utilize Device Manager to search for updated drivers for specific devices.
    All from the huge tutorial section which you are free to search and browse:
    Windows 10 Tutorial Index

    If you have Pro you can use Notify (set in Group Policy) so no Windows Update occurs unless you allow it.
    Last edited by dalchina; 27 Sep 2020 at 10:13.
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  3. Posts : 24
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    Thread Starter
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    Thanks for all the info. Yeah, I searched all over before posting and didn't find anything I hadn't tried that looked likely to work. But I'll study your links and suggestions! Sorry for asking such a common question - it's only that I thought I already tried what had worked on another machine I had, only for it to fail on this one, so I was getting frustrated. :-/

    - Tim
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  4. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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  5. Bree's Avatar
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    tbessie said:
    AS SOON AS I CONNECTED IT TO MY NETWORK, it started downloading and installing things ... saying "X just got installed. Check it out." in the notification area.
    This is new behavior to me. I wonder if this is new behavior with Release 2004?

    No, that's normal for all versions. But it isn't Windows Update doing it, that notification is specifically for Microsoft Store apps being updated. The settings for turning off automatic updates for Store apps are separate from Windows Update.

    Turn On or Off Automatic Updates for Apps in Windows 10 Store
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  6. Posts : 24
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    Thread Starter
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    Bree said:
    No, that's normal for all versions. But it isn't Windows Update doing it, that notification is specifically for Microsoft Store apps being updated. The settings for turning off automatic updates for Store apps are separate from Windows Update.

    Turn On or Off Automatic Updates for Apps in Windows 10 Store
    Ah, thanks! I wasn't aware it was a different mechanism!

    Bree said:
    No, that's normal for all versions.
    Well yes, but I meant even after the registry and Group Policy tweaks to stop it from doing that (which USED to work).

    Anyway, I'll be looking at all the resources people have provided to fix this.

    - Tim
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  7. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    I use metered connections, which will prevent Windows Store from installing updates automatically. I have never seen the following:
    tbessie said:
    AS SOON AS I CONNECTED IT TO MY NETWORK, it started downloading and installing things - both apps and drivers - and saying "X just got installed. Check it out." in the notification area.

    I have never done the following:
    tbessie said:
    I disabled automatic updates in the registry and the Group Policy Editor (and rebooted),
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  8. dalchina's Avatar
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    Also be aware that Defender updates are delivered by WU; for example Sledgehammer disables WU but allows Defender updates. (There is also a tutorial about scheduling Defender updates if needed).

    Then there are separate 3rd party programs which might update themselves..

    Consider the difference between Store apps updating and their data updating. See Settings as appropriate.
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  9. Posts : 24
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    Thread Starter
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    Ok, I just used the various registry and Group Policy modifications in your provided links to turn off auto updates in both Windows Update and the Microsoft Store. I rebooted. Then I plugged in my network cable.

    Windows Update automatically downloaded my mouse driver (it's a specific mouse, and it downloaded a specific driver for it).

    Microsoft Store downloaded 2 audio apps for my proprietary motherboard audio chip, the Intel Graphics Command Center for my onboard graphics, and Intel Optane Memory support.

    I suspect it's still downloading things.

    So I did much of what was suggested in the links provided, but none of them seems to have stopped Windows Update and the Microsoft Store from going out and downloading and installing things.

    Am I doing something wrong, such that my copy of Windows 10 Pro is being especially aggressive and ignoring the Group Policy and registry changes I've made?

    - Tim
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  10. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    Try the one mentioned in post #4.
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