Is it Possible to turn off Auto-Detect of Win 10 Cumulative Updates?


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    Is it Possible to turn off Auto-Detect of Win 10 Cumulative Updates?


    Over the last 6 months I've observed some weird little things that occur on my PC when there's a Windows 10 Cumulative update available but I'm not aware of it. I noticed the correlation. Something will be weird and then I'll type "Check for Updates" and lo and behold 90% of the time, there happens to be a Cumulative Update detected and available for download and installation.

    So just to be clear, it doesn't download or install without my manually telling it to, but something must be happening behind-the-scenes because like I said, 90% of the time, I know that there is one available just by noticing a little anomaly in my PC's behavior!

    Is there a way for me to turn auto-detection of these Cumulative updates off completely and only have the Windows Defender updates do their thing? This would allow me to test and see if doing so solves one issue in particular...


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    OK I found a way to Disable the Windows Update service, for the time being. I'll do a little trial period. However, it looks like disabling this also prevents the Windows Defender definitions from updating...
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  2. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    orlando1974 said:
    Disable the Windows Update service
    You can disable automatic updates without disabling the service.
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    Matthew Wai said:
    You can disable automatic updates without disabling the service.
    Care to show me where please?
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  4. Mystere's Avatar
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    Correlation != Causation.

    MS releases updates frequently. If a problem only occurs every few weeks, then by its nature there is likely to be an update available around the same time. Without installing the update, there is no way for it to affect your system.
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  5. Paul Black's Avatar
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    Hello @orlando1974,

    orlando1974 said:
    Care to show me where please?

    I think Matthew is referring to this . . .

    > How to Use CMD Script and VBScript to Control Windows Update in Windows 10

    I hope this helps.
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    Mystere said:
    Correlation != Causation.

    MS releases updates frequently. If a problem only occurs every few weeks, then by its nature there is likely to be an update available around the same time. Without installing the update, there is no way for it to affect your system.
    This is why I am baffled that I can guess so accurately!

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    Paul Black said:
    Hello @orlando1974,




    I think Matthew is referring to this . . .

    > How to Use CMD Script and VBScript to Control Windows Update in Windows 10

    I hope this helps.
    OK thank you - bookmarked!
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  7. Paul Black's Avatar
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    orlando1974 said:
    OK thank you - bookmarked!
    You are VERY welcome.
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