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  • Your Favorite Update Blockers and Patch Managers for Windows 10, Please?

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        Michael Austin
        AskWoody Plus

        Hello, All Pro Geeks,

        Woody and all, thank you very much for hosting and running this forum. I find what you’re all posting to be essential sources of great and useful information.

        In my current interests with Windows 10 I’d like to find an excellent, long term, easy-to-use third-party Windows update blocker with a UI that someone like me is willing and capable of using. So I now ask which ones y’all like, and which ones are supported by excellent software publishing companies founded and run by true IT pros.

        My many thanks in advance for your suggestions!

        I’m at a crossroads where I’ve had enough of Microsoft’s surveillance capitalism including its heinously-invasive telemetries, and its policies which interrupt me as a power user and also threaten the integrity of my personal and business data.

        For 12 years I’d run and even administered Windows boxes since its 95 version. I created and ran a big animation fine art gallery’s first Peer-to-Peer LAN. We had annual revenue which ranged from $3M to $7M. Because I was a dependable management geek I had carte blanche to run our LAN however I saw fit. I converted us from Novelle 3.1.2. and stepped us through other network changes and ended up building a mixed-OS Windows server-client net using DHCP and many other technologies including an intranet. Chuck Jones’s daughter, Linda, who ran his animation studios, once commented to our company that they/she spent three times what I did on their back-office systems, but still didn’t have it to state where they really liked it. Yet I’ve happily been out’ta that biz since 2012.

        Finance, social and tech founder. My new, planet-wide talk show, Casual Saints, is being readied for an April/May 2020 debut.

      • #2140501 Reply
        Da Boss

        Have you looked through the Tools Forum. There is already quite a bit of information and comment on Windows Update and Telemetry blockers for Win10.
        Once you have the names from there, you can use the Search function to find more comments/information about individual programs.

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        Michael Austin
        AskWoody Plus

        Thank you, PKCano. I’d not done that yet. Now I will 😉

        I had searched the words “update blocker” in the main site search box and seemed to find only one post with those terms in it.

        Finance, social and tech founder. My new, planet-wide talk show, Casual Saints, is being readied for an April/May 2020 debut.

      • #2140519 Reply
        AskWoody MVP

        My personal setup as a home user; O&O Shutup10 for telemetry blocking, Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Do not include drivers with Windows Updates > Enabled to block driver updates, and weekly drive images created by Task Scheduler to recover from any update that turns south.

        So far, having begun my Windows 10 usage with Version 1507, I’ve been unaffected by any Windows Update/Upgrade across five installations, all while staying fully updated, with the exception of driver updates.  I’m an outlier at AskWoody, also known as a Seeker/cannon-fodder.  I neither block updates nor advise blocking updates for home users.  There can be a price to pay for doing so.  SOHO is a different story, but I’m only talking about home users.

        Create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates, in case you need to start over!
        "When you're troubleshooting, start with the simple and proceed to the complex."—M.O. Johns
        "Experience is what you get when you're looking for something else."—Sir Thomas Robert Deware

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      • #2140749 Reply
        Da Boss

        Here’s another list of update blockers.

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        AskWoody Plus

        The Windows Update MiniTool and (my preference) the Windows Update Manager work similarly to the way Windows Update works in Vista, 7, and 8.x. They enable you to decide which updates to download or ignore, and you don’t have to think about “pausing” or “deferring” updates or plan ahead as to the time of day they will get installed, you can just do it at your own convenience.


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      • #2141712 Reply
        AskWoody Lounger

        We received, from another forum, a suggestion for using ‘Show or Hide Updates’ described at, and apparently provided by Microsoft, but are not sure how reliable/trustworthy it might be.

        Is there another discussion available about that product, unless we may have missed a link or something here ?

        Thanks again for your help, akm (Dell Inspiron 15 (forced from W7 to W10), Ofc2003. FireFox, Privatefirewall 7, Avast, SuperAntiSpyware, MBAM)!

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        I use this with great success

        Moderator Edit: Add description from majorgeeks.

        Sledgehammer (formerly WUMT Wrapper Script) is used to launch Windows Update MiniTool and disable Windows Updates until you rerun it avoiding unwanted reboots.

      • #2141820 Reply
        Da Boss

        See also:
        Windows Update Manager (WuMgr)

        In praise of Windows Update Minitool

        From late 2016:

        However I have my favourite utility for testing (not for regular use though) which is Windows Update MiniTool.

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