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  • Here’s how to hide KB 4023057 – and any other Win10 updates you don’t want

    Posted on December 10th, 2018 at 07:03 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From @PKCano –

    I hid the updates using wushowhide, but they installed anyway.

    If you have ever experienced this, here is an explanation and a way to avoid it in the future.

    My method for hiding/avoiding KB 4023057 (and any other updates you do not want):

    Be sure your Network connections are set to metered connections each time before shutting down the computer. That way, you are on Metered connections when you boot up.

    + Boot computer with metered connections on.
    Immediately run wushowhide. (Advanced\uncheck auto fix)
    Hide KB 4023057 (and whatever other updates you do not want).
    + Open Services – highlight Windows Update Service, Disable, Apply, Stop the service (upper left)
    Restart the computer (not shutdown/bootup)
    + Open Services – highlight Windows Update Service, set to Manual, Apply, DO NOT start the service. Close Services.
    Immediately run wushowhide and verify the update(s) are hidden, then verify they are not available to be hidden.
    Disconnect from the Internet (Use one of these methods and be SURE you have no connection: remove the Ethernet cable, disable wifi, or  disable the NIC(s))
    + Go to Settings\Update & Security\Windows Update and click  “Check for Updates.”This should give you an error or “Retry.” Close Settings.
    Reconnect the Internet.
    +Restart the computer. This should allow Windows Update to search for updates without clicking on “Check for Updates” again and refresh the Windows Update queue.
    + Now you should be able to open Settings\Updates and Security and update without getting the hidden updates. Once you see that only the ones you want are there, turn off Metered connections and allow download.
    + Reset connections to Metered BEFORE the Restart.

    If you do not follow the above procedure, the updates you have supposedly hidden may not be cleared from the Settings\Updates and Security\Windows update queue and will thus be downloaded and installed in spite of the fact you THINK you have hidden them.

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    • #239486 Reply

      woody
      Da Boss

      From @pkcano – I hid the updates using wushowhide, but they installed anyway. If you have ever experienced this, here is an explanation and a way to a
      [See the full post at: Here’s how to hide KB 4023057 – and any other Win10 updates you don’t want]

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    • #239498 Reply

      GreatAndPowerfulTech
      AskWoody Lounger

      Things with Windows are simply nuts when we have to jump through hoops, like the procedure described, to make sure our computers won’t get borked from an update.

      GreatAndPowerfulTech

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      • #239501 Reply

        zero2dash
        AskWoody Lounger

        I treat Win10 from the Group A perspective and I’ve had no issues after installing this update. Obviously no warranty implied, YMMV.

        Selectively choosing updates in Win10 goes above and beyond and is more akin to Group B (or a new Group, if we’re being honest). I defer feature updates for 120 days and quality updates for 14 days and for 3 versions now (1703, 1709, and now 1803) my Win10 boxes have remained rock solid stable in Group A.

    • #239507 Reply

      Chronocidal Guy
      AskWoody Lounger

      A sobering thought to ponder… imagine if any of the other things we turn on and off over the course of the day were as complicated as this.

      Lightswitches… heating/cooling… car ignitions… appliances… You could spend hours a day ensuring that the thing you thought you turned off was actually off.

      About the only thing I can think of where this would be a positive would be alarm clocks. The mental exertion and frustration to turn off a Windows-powered alarm clock would probably do a good job to ensure you couldn’t go back to sleep.

       

       

       

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    • #239522 Reply

      dhdoyle
      AskWoody Lounger

      Howdy! For the last several months, I have been trying an alternative way of updating Windows 10 on my home computers. Here’s what I have been doing:

      1. I’m keeping Windows update completely shut down.
      2. I make a disc image.
      3. I run Belarc Advisor to show me missing updates.
      4. I double-check the advisability of installing them.
      5. I use Belarc’s provided links to download the stand-alone updates.
      6. I manually install the files.

      I like this because I have control of the update process. The down sides I have found so far are that:

      • It’s not a background process and it requires my attention.
      • an occasional install aborts because it isn’t applicable to my system.

      YMMV.

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    • #239519 Reply

      anonymous

      You can use WUShowHide while metered connection is still set to on to hide updates.

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    • #239524 Reply

      geekdom
      AskWoody Plus

      Updates (and avoidance) shouldn’t be this hard. Really.

      Group G{ot backup} Win7Pro · x64 · SP1 · i3-3220 · TestBeta
    • #239542 Reply

      Lars220
      AskWoody Lounger

      Hoops-Procedure-13

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    • #239553 Reply

      anonymous

      Or…
      Continue using Windows 7 SP1 set to Never Check For Updates…
      – Everything still works
      – The Start Menu is included
      – Solid, stable, and mature product that doesn’t need any real fixing
      – You’ll be part of the group who can actually use their computers after each patch cycle to go to askwoody.com and read about how the other people using Windows 10 were just incapacitated yet again, and marvel at the hoops they’ll need to be jumping through in the distant hope of getting their computer working properly again!

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    • #239580 Reply

      anonymous

      That’s an absurd amount of fiddling around. My old 1709 Home installation didn’t install anything automatically immediately except Defender updates. I think it would install quality updates eventually, but I usually manually patched it before then by downloading from the MS update catalog. Yeah, basically ideal behavior, right? As far as I remember, my settings were:

      I. Metered Ethernet, always left to metered. I had to do some registry stuff to get the permissions to set this, since it seems Microsoft hid the settings for Metering the Ethernet. Here’s two reg commands that will meter Ethernet and Wifi, respectively. Change the “/d 2” part to “/d 1” without quotes to undo it–but why would you? You might need to get permission in the registry editor (or use regini) first for the ethernet one. I had to.

      reg add “HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost” /v Ethernet /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f
      reg add “HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost” /v WiFi /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

      II. Set the update deferral stuff in the registry. Home doesn’t offer the settings (Pro and above do) but it appears to honor them **UNLESS YOU HIT CHECK FOR UPDATES** Here’s six reg commands that do it. The first command sets the branch readiness level to the more deferred one, whatever they’re calling it now. The 2nd and 3rd reg commands defer feature updates by a year. 4th and 5th defer quality (bugfix) updates by two weeks. The 6th one will prevent automatic driver installation if Microsoft still honors it. Who knows anymore? Windows Update is like Calvinball at this point.

      reg add “HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate” /v “BranchReadinessLevel” /d 32 /t REG_DWORD /f
      reg add “HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate” /v “DeferFeatureUpdates” /d 1 /t REG_DWORD /f
      reg add “HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate” /v “DeferFeatureUpdatesPeriodInDays” /d 365 /t REG_DWORD /f
      reg add “HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate” /v “DeferQualityUpdates” /d 1 /t REG_DWORD /f
      reg add “HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate” /v “DeferQualityUpdatesPeriodInDays” /d 14 /t REG_DWORD /f
      reg add “HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate” /v “ExcludeWUDriversInQualityUpdate” /d 1 /t REG_DWORD /f

      *Note: You need windows 10 1703 or higher to defer for a year. Versions older can only defer for 180 days. You also need Windows 1607 or later for the 1st one (BranchReadinessLevel) to work.

      Source: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/update/waas-configure-wufb

      III. I locked the c:\Program Files\rempl folder permissions so System and TrustedInstaller can’t write to it. This prevents the installation of KB4023057. I did this because I am terrible at remembering to run wushowhide, which is a horrible tool by the way.

      IV. NEVER EVER EVER EVER […] CLICK “CHECK FOR UPDATES.” If you click “Check for Updates,” Microsoft does whatever it wants and ignores all the deferral settings, good practice, common decency, and the fact that “check for” does not mean “install whatever you want.” NEVER CLICK “CHECK FOR UPDATES.” EVER.

      V. There may have been more settings I changed. These are just the ones I documented. I hope they’re sufficient. I’m pretty sure I disabled a bunch of tasks in Task Scheduler. I can’t remember what they are though and can’t check because I have since reinstalled Windows 8.1. I can’t believe how much less aggravating 8.1 is after fighting 10 for so long. The only thing I miss from 10 is being able to mousewheel-scroll background windows. Turns out I used that all the time.

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    • #239602 Reply

      anonymous

      Ever since the October update got pulled my system has stopped re-enabling Windows Update on me.  Now that it no longer prompts me to try and do an update daily, requiring me to crash wupdate again to keep a working computer, I haven’t bothered shutting it down.

      It’s like being in the eye of a storm.

    • #239613 Reply

      KP
      AskWoody Plus

      No joy for Windows 10 – 1709 Home. Last time it worked after doing a PC Reset. The September 9 posting worked well on Windows 10 – 1709 Pro if you Paused off before the first WUShowHide.

    • #239616 Reply

      RetiredGeek
      AskWoody MVP

      IMHO, Trust but Image! 😎

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

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    • #239620 Reply

      James Bond 007
      AskWoody Lounger

      Microsoft really makes it as difficult as possible to fight Windows Update on Windows 10, eh?

      Even if the updates work fine, that is not the point (and we all know how “good” the quality of recent Microsoft updates are, 1809 initial release comes to mind). The point is to be able to avoid updates when necessary, and Microsoft does everything in their power to prevent normal (Home) users from doing that in Windows 10.

      From my tests in virtual machines (using Pro / Pro Workstation / Enterprise / Education) and my only machine running Windows 10 LTSB (as a testing machine), what I will do if I ever run Windows 10 (LTSC for me) in the future, is to disable Windows Update using Group Policy and manually download and install any update I may want (using WuShowHide to check first), at a time I choose. Home is not a version I will ever touch.

      Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.

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    • #239722 Reply

      mcbsys
      AskWoody Lounger

      Keep in mind that if the update you hide is re-released, it will have a new update ID (though likely the same KB number) and will be re-queued unless you hide it again. I have in the past used a script to uninstall and hide certain updates every day. This dates back to when I was blocking the updates that nagged users to upgrade Windows 7 to 10:

      https://www.mcbsys.com/blog/2015/11/uninstall-and-hide-windows-updates/

    • #239760 Reply

      wavy
      AskWoody Plus

      Howdy! For the last several months, I have been trying an alternative way of updating Windows 10 on my home computers. Here’s what I have been doing:

      1. I’m keeping Windows update completely shut down.
      2. I make a disc image.
      3. I run Belarc Advisor to show me missing updates.
      4. I double-check the advisability of installing them.
      5. I use Belarc’s provided links to download the stand-alone updates.
      6. I manually install the files.

      I like this because I have control of the update process. The down sides I have found so far are that:

      • It’s not a background process and it requires my attention.
      • an occasional install aborts because it isn’t applicable to my system.

      YMMV.

      Been doing this for a couple of years now.
      wushowhide has never worked for me. Likely disabled what lets it do its stuff.

      🍻

      Just because you don't know where you are going doesn't mean any road will get you there.
    • #239768 Reply

      davinci953
      AskWoody Plus

      What a total PIA. This is the reason I avoid Windows 10 like the plague. Unfortunately, my work system is starting to get a bit long in the tooth, and I might have to bite the bullet soon. Something like pausing updates just shouldn’t be this hard.

    • #239905 Reply

      anonymous

      @pkcano, Quick question. I was messing with my windows 10 update service and never noticed what the default startup should be. It’s set at automatic (trigger) now, but I’m reading online where the default should be manual. did I mess it up, and what should I have it set on. I am currently using WUB and when I use it to unblock the service, it sets it to automatic trigger. Should I enable the service with WUB and then set to manual before using WUB to disable it or is it okay the way it is?

      • #239907 Reply

        PKCano
        Da Boss

        I believe the default is Manual (Trigger Start), but I know nothing about what WUB does.

      • #239910 Reply

        anonymous

        Thank you..Windows Update Blocker (WUB) disables the windows update service and then through the registry it assigns it a read only attribute so that windows cannot turn it back on.

    • #691798 Reply

      anonymous

      I really hope people start pushing back on Microsoft, because they’re going way too far with this “shove it down their throats” mentality.

    Please follow the -Lounge Rules- no personal attacks, no swearing, and politics/religion are relegated to the Rants forum.

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