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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 10 Questions: Win10 How do I stop Win10 automatic updates

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    This topic contains 22 replies, has 12 voices, and was last updated by  Carl D 2 weeks, 1 day ago.

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    • #1984583 Reply

      VaUnicorn
      AskWoody Plus

      I am NOT a techie.  I have my Windows 10 system set for metered downloads to try to prevent updates and it’s not working.  Can I get some simple advice on how to prevent this c***?

    • #1984598 Reply

      PKCano
      Da Boss

      Download wushowhide.diagcab and use it to HIDE updates you don’t want to install.

      To better help you, we need to know which version of Win10 you are running – v1803, v1809, or v1903 and whether you have Home or Pro Edition.
      Also helpful would be some information about you computer – laptop or desktop? And some of the hardware specs.

      • #1985027 Reply

        Linda2019
        AskWoody Plus

        Hi.  I just tried posting a reply to you, and something screwy happened, but I will try again

        Would you suggest downloading this .diagcab for a PC just opened,  out of the box?

        Should I create my Recovery Drive and installation media before the computer receives it’s very first Windows updates?

        or .. are those first set of updates important for a successful creation of a Recovery Drive and Installation Media?

        • #1985150 Reply

          PKCano
          Da Boss

          Would you suggest downloading this .diagcab for a PC just opened, out of the box?

          Yes, you can download it at any time.

          Should I create my Recovery Drive and installation media before the computer receives it’s very first Windows updates?

          It doesn’t matter when you create the Recovery drive (DVD or USB). It can be done any time, but it can only be done once. The Recovery Drive is an image ot the Factory loadset and is created from a Recovery partition. It has nothing to do with the current state of updatedness of the computer. It is the same as if you never has started the computer in the first place.
          You also need to make a bootable Rescue disk/USB to boot the computer from if you have a problem.

          • #1985282 Reply

            Linda2019
            AskWoody Plus

            Is the Rescue bootable USB different than the DVD Repair Disc and the USB Installation Media?

            Also, can we boot from the Recovery Drive if we have a problem?

            • #1985286 Reply

              PKCano
              Da Boss

              The USB installation media has the Windows installer on it.

              The Rescue/Repair disk is bootable media that allows you to access the Repair utilities. It does not contain the Windows installer.

      • #1985012 Reply

        anonymous

        Would you suggest downloading this .diagcab for a PC right out of the box?

        Wasnt sure if I should create a USB Recovery Drive and Reinstallation Media before my PC even received its very first Windows updates.

    • #1984809 Reply

      VaUnicorn
      AskWoody Plus

      Laptop.

      AMD Ryzen 3, 2.5 GHz 64 bit

      Windows 10 Home

      1803

      Thank you!

      • #1984816 Reply

        PKCano
        Da Boss

        If you can find a copy/ISO of v1809 it’s probably time to upgrade. v1803 will be EOL as of the November Patch Tues, and v1903 is still having problems. v1809 has been stable for me.

        • #1985464 Reply

          VaUnicorn
          AskWoody Plus

          I am getting 1809.  Does anyone know if it can be used to go from windows 7 to 10 or if there has to be a stop in the middle?

           

          And the stupid MCT from microsuck didn’t bother to warn that it was about to wipe the drive I was trying to use for the download.  So my backup terra is empty now.  I am so furious I can barely see

          • #1985496 Reply

            PKCano
            Da Boss

            Yes, you can upgrade from Win 7 to Win10 v1809 without a go-between.

            If you want to do an upgrade saving your programs and data, access the install drive from the current Operating System and run setup.exe from there.
            If you boot from the instll drive it may do a clean install.

          • #1985499 Reply

            b
            AskWoody Plus

            And the stupid MCT from microsuck didn’t bother to warn that it was about to wipe the drive I was trying to use for the download.  So my backup terra is empty now.  I am so furious I can barely see

            It did:

            files deleted warning

            Knuckle dragger Cannon fodder Chump Daft glutton Idiot Crazy/Ignorant Toxic drinker Blockhead Unwashed mass Seeker/Sucker "Ancient/Obsolete" (Group ASAP) Win10 v.1909

            • #1985503 Reply

              VaUnicorn
              AskWoody Plus

              Nope, that’s not the choice I made and so I did NOT see that screen.

              I got on chat with Micros*** and went OFF.  They are supposed to be sending me the ISO now because the link that the tech gave me to use for download failed 9 times, using Firefox, Chrome and Edge.  We’ll see what happens next.  I wish I was enough of a programmer to use Linux and never touch Winblows again.

            • #1985508 Reply

              b
              AskWoody Plus

              Nope, that’s not the choice I made and so I did NOT see that screen.

              That’s the only Media Creation Tool choice/screen that lets you select a drive.

              Knuckle dragger Cannon fodder Chump Daft glutton Idiot Crazy/Ignorant Toxic drinker Blockhead Unwashed mass Seeker/Sucker "Ancient/Obsolete" (Group ASAP) Win10 v.1909

    • #1984829 Reply

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      If you want simple… really simple… have a look at Windows Update Blocker.

      Whilst I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone, I’ve used it for years on multiple systems, including one that I cannot change for the time being… so I’ve locked it to a now ancient build.

      wub_1709

      No updates at all on this puppy. 🙂

      Hope this helps…

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      • #1985532 Reply

        Zig
        AskWoody Plus

        Welcome back, Rick ; I was among those sorry to see you (and your expertise) go.

        Bill Zigrang

        • This reply was modified 3 weeks, 2 days ago by  Zig.
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    • #1985109 Reply

      Alex5723
      AskWoody Plus

      Windows update management (wumgr) is out with v1.0
      https://github.com/DavidXanatos/wumgr/releases

      • #1985506 Reply

        BobbyB
        AskWoody Lounger

        Yeah caught that on Martin Brinkman’s site, its quite improved from the 0.9a version I had running. It runs in the back ground now and will check automatically at boot if you select that option. It saves messing about in Task Scheduler and adding -update to the actions entries.
        Have mine (V0.9a) set to run from an elevated shortcut on the desktop and of course at logon.
        Another good new feature, yet to see how it pans out, is that you can set it to check once a day could be handy if your in the habit of leaving your machine on all the time. It runs in the background but has an exceptionally small usage of System resources.
        Not exactly sure how that’ll work out on Patch Tuesdays and with the odd out of band/unexpected release although my Win10Prox64 deferments are set at 21 and 365 before they disappeared never to be seen again but they appear to be holding with metered.
        As an aside probably of no use to many folks in here put it speeds up update retrieval on Server 2012 R2 faster than the in house normal Windows update.

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        • #1986643 Reply

          EP
          AskWoody_MVP

          before WuMgr 1.0 came out BobbyB there was also an 0.9b version but that one was only available in the MDL forums for forum members and 0.9b never got published on github.

          • This reply was modified 3 weeks, 1 day ago by  EP.
      • #1986641 Reply

        EP
        AskWoody_MVP

        there’s also WAU Manager 2.0.0.0
        https://www.carifred.com/wau_manager/

        either WuMgr 1.0 or WAU Manager 2.0 will do nicely

    • #1994196 Reply

      anonymous

      wub
      https://www.sordum.org/9470/windows-update-blocker-v1-5/

      getwpd
      https://wpd.app/

      [moderator note]: questionable link removed.

      Totally lock down windows from changing with
      toolwiz TimeFreeze
      http://www.toolwiz.com/lead/products/
      your windows will not update

    • #1994258 Reply

      geek
      AskWoody Plus

      I think StopUpdates10 is simpler than other options. I’ve been using it for a few months and it just works.  It uses very little system resources and blocks downloads and Windows updates. You use the program to turn updates OFF before the second Tuesday of the month, then about 3 weeks later you use it to turn updates ON – as recommended in the newsletter. (I’m an old geek and have less and less patience with Windows annoyances.)

      Btw the site has a table “StopUpdates10 vs Windows Updates Blocker” to compare.

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      • #1994263 Reply

        Carl D
        AskWoody Lounger

        I’ve been using StopUpdates10 for a while now.

        The one thing I like about it is you can update W10’s Windows Defender without turning ‘normal’ Windows Updates back on.

        Last time I used Windows Update Blocker it didn’t have a separate option to only update Windows Defender – you had to completely re-enable Windows Updates which meant you would also get all other pending updates on top of the Windows Defender updates.

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