Why does Windows 10 update ALL THE TIME?

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  1. Posts : 21
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    Why does Windows 10 update ALL THE TIME?


    Hello everyone,,

    Several times a week, Windows 10 will install massive updates. These will eat up background resources and make using the computer impossible.

    I set my wi-fi to metered on my laptop to avoid the problem there (otherwise, it reduces my 10 hour battery life to 2 hours due to constantly overworking the system). But I can't do that on my wired gaming computer. And because I don't have an SSD, my performance gets absolutely ****ed during every update (which is like 2-3 times a week).

    Is it really necessary to roll out a multi-GB update every few days? There really needs to be a way to opt out of these.

    I'm talking about the "Windows Update" process that runs in the background on start-up and that can't be postponed.
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  2. hsehestedt's Avatar
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    I'm not aware of ANY multi-gig Windows 10 updates EVER with the one and only exception being a major new feature update and even there the last couple have been tiny updates. Are you sure these are actually Windows updates?
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  3. Mystere's Avatar
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    Microsoft only updates like that if you are in the Windows Insider program. It shouldn't update that frequently if you're just using the general release versions. You will get occasional updates for things like drivers, or security patches, and with the exception of video drivers these should be relative small and infrequent. Security patches typically come once per month, but can occasionally come faster if there is a serious security issue.

    Windows will download anti-virus updates nearly daily, but these are relatively small.
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  4. Bree's Avatar
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    davidP7 said:
    ...I set my wi-fi to metered on my laptop to avoid the problem there .... But I can't do that on my wired gaming computer....

    Actually, you can....

    Set Ethernet Connection as Metered or Unmetered in Windows 10

    Is it really necessary to roll out a multi-GB update every few days? There really needs to be a way to opt out of these.
    I'm talking about the "Windows Update" process that runs in the background on start-up and that can't be postponed.
    That is not normal. Even the monthly 'Patch Tuesday' Cumulative Update should be less than 1GB. The only updates that are 'multi-GB' are the Feature Updates, and those are only released about once a year these days. If you're fully up to date there should be nothing waiting to download.

    Something is not right. What does Winver say is your current build? What updates does Windows Update say it wants to download?
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  5. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
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    I haven't seen a monthly/Patch Tuesday Build update over 600MB for the last 4 or more twice-yearly Version Upgrades, probably since Version 1803 and we are now up to Version 2009/20H2.
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  6. idgat's Avatar
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    You need to check the update history to make sure it's not the same update(s) being (re)applied because of previous attempts failing.
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  7. Posts : 38,358
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #7

    Are you seeking additional or better methods to block or control Windows updates?
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  8. zebal's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 20H2 (Build: 19042.867)
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    @davidP7
    If you don't want to stop updates there is one trick that works:

    Take some time, open windows updates and keep checking manually for updates for as long as possible until ALL of them are installed, rebooting as needed.

    Once you're done new updates won't be as frequent, you'll barely notice them.
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  9. Posts : 21
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    davidP7 said:
    Hello everyone,,

    Several times a week, Windows 10 will install massive updates. These will eat up background resources and make using the computer impossible.
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    I set my wi-fi to metered on my laptop to avoid the problem there (otherwise, it reduces my 10 hour battery life to 2 hours due to constantly overworking the system). But I can't do that on my wired gaming computer. And because I don't have an SSD, my performance gets absolutely ****ed during every update (which is like 2-3 times a week).

    Is it really necessary to roll out a multi-GB update every few days? There really needs to be a way to opt out of these.

    I'm talking about the "Windows Update" process that runs in the background on start-up and that can't be postponed.
    I got this,..
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  10. zebal's Avatar
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    davidP7 said:
    I set my wi-fi to metered on my laptop to avoid the problem there (otherwise, it reduces my 10 hour battery life to 2 hours due to constantly overworking the system).
    Well stop doing this because it only worsens the problem instead of solving it.

    Btw. pausing updates will also make it worse.

    And because I don't have an SSD, my performance gets absolutely ****ed during every update
    This answers why you experience slower updates vs users who use SSD, so the solution to deal with updates at once is even more desirable.
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