Windows 10: How to get rid of automatic updates and other automatic annoyances


  1. Posts : 35
    windows 10 64-bit "home"
       04 Mar 2016 #1

    How to get rid of automatic updates and other automatic annoyances


    Hi,

    Contrarily to previous Windows versions, the user can no longer decide when and how to update Windows, but the OS does it all by itself - at any time, and unasked for. This occasions unexpected and unwanted machine slowdowns - sometimes at startup, sometimes at closing down, sometimes in the middle of a session. In my view a most annoying and disturbing interference in my normal workflow.

    So, is there any way or tweak to take Windows Updates in hands again on that level?

    This is not the only occurrence where Windows takes things in hands. Indeed, despite countless telephones to Microsoft, there is no way to prevent it from associating everyday graphic files (like for example jpg, gif, png and more) with its own clunky "Photos" utility, or send pdf files to its own and even more clunky "Edge" - instead of opening these files to the programs or utilities one has decided to associate them with. Trying to associate these via Settings helps nothing at all, or just for a moment or, if one is in luck, for a whole session. But invariably Windows 10 reverts to its own "choices".

    The only solution Microsoft could offer was to do a clean re-install of Windows 10. I don't call this a solution, but just plain amateurism.

    So, if anyone knows how to get rid of these - with the update annoyance in the first place, because for the other ones I can still workaround via "open with", whereas my hands are tied with those updates.

    Thanks,

    haku
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    Posts : 33,171
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       04 Mar 2016 #2

    Hello haku, :)

    Since you have Windows 10 Home, OPTION FOUR in the tutorial below may be your best option to disable automatic updates in Windows Update.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/8...dows-10-a.html
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  3. Posts : 35
    windows 10 64-bit "home"
    Thread Starter
       04 Mar 2016 #3

    Hi Brink,

    Many thx for the swift reaction. Will try that beginning next week. But wouldn't Option 2 or 5 be more convenient? After all, a reg tweak - 2 - is easy to achieve, while setting the update service to manual is even easier.

    Still, it continues to baffle me why Windows took so many things out of the user's hands - as if we were retarded children. I've had to tweak many things already, and still the OS continues to "misbehave" - or rather behave on its own.

    Thx again. I'll keep you informed about the results.

    haku
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 33,171
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       04 Mar 2016 #4

    OPTION TWO would be, but it's not available to use in the Home edition.

    OPTION FIVE would completely disable Windows Update and Store updates until you manually enable it again. OPTION FOUR would give you more flexibility.
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  5.    05 Mar 2016 #5

    haku said: View Post
    Hi Brink,

    Many thx for the swift reaction. Will try that beginning next week. But wouldn't Option 2 or 5 be more convenient? After all, a reg tweak - 2 - is easy to achieve, while setting the update service to manual is even easier.

    Still, it continues to baffle me why Windows took so many things out of the user's hands - as if we were retarded children. I've had to tweak many things already, and still the OS continues to "misbehave" - or rather behave on its own.

    Thx again. I'll keep you informed about the results.

    haku


    The vast majority of the public have no clue about updates and millions of people failed to maintain their pcs properly.

    MS took decision this has to be sorted, and given the number of pcs I have had to 'disinfect' etc. from such users over the years, I basically agree with them. Forced driver uodates is a bit draconian though.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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