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      MrBrian
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      I’ve been looking for methods for stopping and starting Windows updates (not including those mentioned in Woody’s latest method for controlling Windows 10 updates) that might work on all editions and builds of Windows 10. I’m leery of using a metered connection because of its cons and also alleged bugs.

      I’ll list each method in a separate post. I haven’t tried any of these methods (I don’t have Windows 10 installed at home yet) but I believe these methods might have merit. These methods might work in conjunction with Windows Update MiniTool or Microsoft’s wushowhide to control which updates are installed.

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      MrBrian
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      Windows Update Blocker

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    • #129947 Reply

      MrBrian
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      Windows 10 Update Switch

      This program alters permissions to stop Windows or other programs from reenabling Windows Update.

      • This reply was modified 6 months ago by  MrBrian.
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      MrBrian
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      Another program that perhaps can be used in conjunction with these programs: Portable Update.

    • #131498 Reply

      MrBrian
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      I figured out a potential method of stopping Windows 10 from storing downloaded updates. It involves denying the system permission to write to the folder where Windows stores downloaded updates (\windows\softwaredistribution\download). I tested that it stops the storing of downloaded automatic updates and manual updates on Windows 7.

       

      To deny the system permission to write to the folder where Windows stores downloaded updates:

      Method 1: Do steps 5 to 10 at http://www.c-amie.co.uk/technical/windows-10-blocking-auto-driver-updates/.

      Method 2: Batch file https://pastebin.com/V46VLfh9.

       

      To allow the system permission to write to the folder where Windows stores downloaded updates:

      Method 1: Do steps 5, 6, 7, 8, 16, and 10 at http://www.c-amie.co.uk/technical/windows-10-blocking-auto-driver-updates/.

      Method 2: Batch file https://pastebin.com/rKeQL4kH.

      • This reply was modified 5 months, 2 weeks ago by  MrBrian.
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        MrBrian
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        An advantage of this method over disabling the Windows Update service is that it might be possible to hide updates with wushowhide while denying the system write access to \windows\softwaredistribution\download folder. This needs to be tested. If it works, then this method could be part of a nearly airtight method for controlling Windows updates:

        1. Normally we’ll deny the system write access to \windows\softwaredistribution\download folder. Windows updates cannot be downloaded successfully during this state.

        2. We’ll continue to deny the system write access to \windows\softwaredistribution\download folder while using wushowhide to hide unwanted available Windows updates. Windows updates cannot be downloaded successfully during this state.

        3. Immediately after finishing step 2, we’ll allow the system write access to \windows\softwaredistribution\download folder and then run Windows Update. Windows updates (including possibly automatic updates) can be downloaded successfully during this state, but since we just completed step 2 recently, there shouldn’t be any unwanted updates downloaded (unless Microsoft made new updates available between step 2 and 3).

        4. Immediately after finishing step 3, we’ll again deny the system write access to \windows\softwaredistribution\download folder. Windows updates cannot be downloaded successfully during this state.

        Your thoughts on this?

      • #132037 Reply

        MrBrian
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        This method works with Windows 10 x64 Home edition build 15063.0, and wushowhide hides and unhides updates while using this method.

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