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  1. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 30
    Win 7 Ult x64
       23 Aug 2015 #1

    Block Windows Update downloading on WIn 10 Home?


    I can't have my notebook (upgraded from Win 7 Home) using bandwidth to download from Windows Update when I'm away from home. It seems I must either (a) mark every wifi connection as metered, or (b) mark the startup setting for the WAU service as "Disabled", and only enable it when I want to check for updates. On my Win 10 Pro desktop, I used the GP Editor to make the setting to "notify but not download". What's the best solution for Win 10 Home?
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,500
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       23 Aug 2015 #2

    Hello Kaborka,

    The group policy option will not work in Windows 10 Home editions, so you're best option would be to set your wireless network to be metered.

    Windows Update Automatic Updates - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
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  3. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 30
    Win 7 Ult x64
       23 Aug 2015 #3

    Setting the Wi-Fi as metered won't work if I'm using a wired connection. I guess I'll just have to disable the WAU service.
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,500
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       23 Aug 2015 #4

    Just be sure to enable the service again when ready to install updates.
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  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 30
    Win 7 Ult x64
       23 Aug 2015 #5

    It's really a poor choice for MS to force updates on 10-Home. Think of all the complaints they'll have about poor Internet performance because machines are busy downloading updates. If they offered QoS settings on the network it would help. I'm waiting for some developer to restore full WAU control as in past versions, allowing choice of what update to install. For example, while I'm away I may choose to d/l Windows Defender updates, but defer OS updates. It's the only sane solution
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  6. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,500
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       23 Aug 2015 #6

    I can see why Microsoft did this to help make sure Windows is always updated with security patches to help prevent zombie computers on the internet from negligent owners, but yeah, I prefer to have the option of when to download and install.
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  7. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 841
    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro
       23 Aug 2015 #7

    kaborka said: View Post
    ...I'm waiting for some developer to restore full WAU control as in past versions, allowing choice of what update to install...
    Need to understand that even if that DOES happen, MS recently announced that Win10 will be scanning machines looking for pirated software, and if found, disabling it and/or the machine. So, even if some third-party does come up with a nice Windows Update patch that returns control to Win10 Home users, don't be surprised if MS counters that soon afterward.
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  8. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 30
    Win 7 Ult x64
       23 Aug 2015 #8

    I tried disabling the WAU service on the nb. After doing this, the entire Settings window (Start > Settings) is empty. Makes me wonder what else gets crippled. Definitely need a better solution.
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  9. Joined : Oct 2014
    Trnava
    Posts : 1,737
    Windows Home x64 (Home per choice)
       24 Aug 2015 #9

    kaborka said: View Post
    I'm waiting for some developer to restore full WAU control as in past versions, allowing choice of what update to install.
    Set Windows updates to Notify and then just choose, which updates you want to block.

    Run this as admin in command prompt:

    reg add "HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU" /v "AUOptions" /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

    reg add "HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU" /v "NoAutoUpdate" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

    Then use this tool to hide unwanted updates.

    Windows Updates - Hide or Show in Windows 10
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  10.    24 Aug 2015 #10

    kaborka said: View Post
    I tried disabling the WAU service on the nb. After doing this, the entire Settings window (Start > Settings) is empty. Makes me wonder what else gets crippled. Definitely need a better solution.
    It's not a good idea to mess with windows services. Instead use TinyWall to block certain Internet traffic.
    It is a control panel for Windows firewall and by default allows windows update to pass through - you can however block that as well if you so choose.
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