Windows 10: How can I prevent automatic updates?

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  1. Posts : 192
    Win 7 Ult + 2 x Win 10 Pro - all x64
       03 Nov 2017 #51

    Remember 2 factors:
    1. Every major update (such as the recent Fall Creators one) will most likely undo any steps taken.
    2. Microsoft forces update vital to system security even with WU disabled.
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  2. Posts : 2,565
    Windows 10 Pro x64 1803 - 17134.5 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       03 Nov 2017 #52

    warning   Warning
    usage of the deny access permissions option either on the file system or registry incorrectly can result in an inoperative system and require a total fresh install to cure

    Disabling of the trusted installer or other system user related services will significantly reduce the security of the system

    Make sure you have backups of all OS and Personal data BEFORE contemplating this type of action


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  3.    03 Nov 2017 #53

    Ex_Brit said: View Post
    Remember 2 factors:
    1. Every major update (such as the recent Fall Creators one) will most likely undo any steps taken.
    2. Microsoft forces update vital to system security even with WU disabled.
    1. Sure, that is why I recommend workflow Allow Updates - WuShowHide - Update System - Block Updates again.
    2. Can you be more specific, e.g. how Microsoft can force updates when wuauserv and trustedinstaller services are blocked? It never happened to me.
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  4. Posts : 192
    Win 7 Ult + 2 x Win 10 Pro - all x64
       03 Nov 2017 #54

    OK. to the second one, yes you're right I'm sure, but doing that, in my opinion, is perhaps not the wisest thing to do surely?
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  5. Posts : 192
    Win 7 Ult + 2 x Win 10 Pro - all x64
       03 Nov 2017 #55

    Wouldn't it be wiser to point the OP to the Tutorials, when one can return WU to ask always before downloading/installing anything? There is even one to hide updates.
    Most people aren't familiar with the registry plus they often very unwisely use registry cleaners, so the above suggestion coupled with that habit could completely wreck a system IMHO.
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  6.    03 Nov 2017 #56

    Barman58 said: View Post
    warning   Warning
    usage of the deny access permissions option either on the file system or registry incorrectly can result in an inoperative system and require a total fresh install to cure

    Disabling of the trusted installer or other system user related services will significantly reduce the security of the system

    Make sure you have backups of all OS and Personal data BEFORE contemplating this type of action


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    1. In my post, Deny permissions are set correctly to achieve desired result - blocking forced updates. Furthermore, I always write how to revert blocking action back. And btw, in referenced post I never and nowhere recommend usage of the deny access permissions option either on the file system or registry... but only to services.
    2. Too vague claim, you completely ignore goal (see above) and context (best practices).
    3. I agree and add supplement: and always BEFORE installing updates!
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  7.    03 Nov 2017 #57

    Ex_Brit: whether is it the wisest thing - I do not know. No clear answer. It is part of regular maintenance of my home systems. And I only try to answer question in subject of this thread: "How can I prevent automatic updates?"

    I think the procedure is difficult for regular users. But not too dangerous: all steps are easily reversible which is documented. None of the commands given can "brick" system. And afaik this is the only way how to re-gain control over update process in Windows 10. For many people, it is essential.
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  • Posts : 192
    Win 7 Ult + 2 x Win 10 Pro - all x64
       03 Nov 2017 #58

    Agreed, good luck to all.
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  •    04 Nov 2017 #59

    To prevent automatic download & installation of Windows Updates, including new builds such as the FCU do the following:

    1) Download Windows Update MiniTool
    2) Go into user interface, on the left hand side you will see 'Automatic Updates', change from 'automatically' to 'Notification mode'

    After doing the above, whenever there are updates, you will get a toaster notification that there are updates to install. When you go into Windows Updates, it will show you the updates available to install & you can click 'install now' If there is one you don't want to install, run the MiniTool & check for updates. When the one that you don't want to install appears in the list, put a check mark beside it & click on the option to hide it. Then, if you go back and re-run Windows Update, that update will not appear again.
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  • Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Pro x64 v1703
       05 Nov 2017 #60

    Thanks TairikuOkami and muchomurka for these great work-arounds / fixes. I'll give each a run to see if it stops my system from doing its own thing and let y'all know the outcome. :)

    Best regards!
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