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  • MS-DEFCON 2: Get patched, and turn off Automatic Updates

    Posted on October 10th, 2016 at 14:56 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    For you Win 7 and 8.1 users, the Windows patchocalypse is coming.

    I hope you read my post about updating in preparation for tomorrow’s “patchocalypse.”

    If you don’t have time to get your computer in shape, don’t worry about it – but make doubly sure that you have Automatic Update turned off. Look at the tab above marked “Automatic Updates.”

    For those of you using Win10 with a Wi-Fi internet connection, that involves setting your  internet connection to “metered.” If you have a wired internet connection, in Win10 Pro, you can turn off updating with GPEdit. If you have Win10 Home with a wired internet connection, you have to mess around with the internals a bit.

    In Win7 and 8.1 it’s not hard – go for “Never check for updates (not recommended).” Not recommended by Microsoft, that is. Fully recommend by yours truly.

    I’m moving to MS-DEFCON 2: Patch reliability is unclear. Unless you have an immediate, pressing need to install a specific patch, don’t do it.