How do I tell Windows to STFU when I play games?

  1. Posts : 44
    Windows 10 Pro

    How do I tell Windows to STFU when I play games?

    This recent Windows update is being installed when I am playing Overwatch, causing lag all session long (due to harddisk activity).
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  2. Posts : 43,247
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Hi, you have stated the problem, but not the sort of solution you seek. I'll assume you want control of Windows update downloads.

    This method is widely publicised and is one way to stop updates.

    You would have to reverse it to allow updates, noting Defender updates are reliant on Windows updates.
    However, you can set up a scheduled task to update Defender independently of Windows Update.

    Set your connection to metered to stop updates being downloaded
    This stops updates being downloaded and works for both ethernet
    and Wifi
    How to set metered connections and disable Windows 10 Update Delivery Optimization | Windows Central

    If you were to use a script to enable the setting, and another to disable it, that would be convenient.

    Also see:
    Windows Update Automatic Updates - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    from the Tutorial section, which it's well worth being familiar with.

    (IDKW STFU means. - I don't know what that means).
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  3. Posts : 18,437
    Windows 11 Pro

    dalchina said:
    (IDKW STFU means. - I don't know what that means).
    S: Shut
    T: The
    U: Up

    anything more violates the forum rules.
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  4. Posts : 43,247
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    I would consider them violated-- thanks!
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  5. Posts : 3,453

    STFU = Stop The Freakin' (auto)Updates..

    By way of digression...
    Personal choice is tha I block WU in firewall... but thougt I'd try WU again wth this CU.... Wow what a long-winded palava of configuring and stuff...on the positive side my drivers for the old laptop installed fine - used to fail before.

    Apart from Office, quite happy downloaing the CU (cab or msu) instead - works much better.
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