Windows 10: How can I prevent automatic updates?

Discus and support How can I prevent automatic updates? in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; I'm a trucker and have no regular hours. I might need the computer any time, day or night. Automatic updates are insufferable. Sometimes I need... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by stonefly, Dec 12, 2016.

  1. stonefly Win User

    How can I prevent automatic updates?


    I'm a trucker and have no regular hours. I might need the computer any time, day or night. Automatic updates are insufferable.

    Sometimes I need something from the computer immediately and the automatic updates take over for a half hour at least. In all previous versions of windows it was easy to disable automatic updates.

    Is there a way to disable automatic updates in Windows 10?

    :)
     
    stonefly, Dec 12, 2016
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  2. How can I prevent unannounced automatic Microsoft updates???

    You have several options:

    Option 1:

    Set your Internet connection as metered:

    https://www.groovypost.com/howto/manage-windows...

    Option 2:

    Use Active Hours and Restart options:

    https://www.groovypost.com/howto/managing-windo...

    Option 3:

    Use Show/Hide Updates tool to block the update:

    Is there an option or work around to block updates or hardware drivers that might cause problems?

    Yes, Microsoft has released a KB update (KB3073930) that will let users block or hide Windows or driver updates.

    You can download it at the following link:

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3073930

    Option 4:

    Press Windows key + R

    Type: services.msc

    Hit Enter

    Scroll down to Windows Update

    Select it then right click it

    Click Properties

    Under the General tab, choose Startup type to DIsabled

    Click Stop

    Click Apply then OK
     
    Andre Da Costa, Dec 12, 2016
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  3. How can I prevent unannounced automatic Microsoft updates???

    How can I prevent unannounced automatic Microsoft updates???

    Every time Microsoft 'hyjacks' my laptap for an automatic update, I can't connect to a network. And have to completely reboot.

    And lose more than an hour worktime~~

    I would like to prevent automatic updates.

    How can I arrange that??
     
    MarleenKrieger, Dec 12, 2016
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  4. Bree New Member

    How can I prevent automatic updates?

    Welcome to TenForums!

    The easiest way to stop Windows downloading and installing updates automatically is to set your internet connection as a Metered Connection. Windows will still check for updates automatically, but won't download them until you click a 'Download' button. It's easy to set a WiFi connection as metered.
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...dows-10-a.html

    For Ethernet there's no option in Settings, but you can set it to Metered Connection in the registry.
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...dows-10-a.html

    As a trucker on the move, how do you connect to the internet? A 3G/4G dongle? These should be 'metered connection' by default. Apparently a few dongles seem to come with drivers that make them appear to Windows as Ethernet connections, if so the second tutorial should help.

    If you move from one WiFi hotspot to the next, each one has to be individually set as 'metered' as the default for WiFi is 'not metered'. That default could be changed in the registry, same way as for Ethernet.
     
  5. SonicBlue Win User
    You must be vigilant about setting this to metered as soon as you connect to EVERY network!!
     
    SonicBlue, Dec 12, 2016
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  6. stonefly Win User
    Thanks for the reply and the welcome, Bree.

    I'm using what I presume is now ancient technology. I have a Verizon USB 727 modem for my laptop. I want to keep it because I have unlimited data usage, which is no longer available. If I want to go modern I have to give up my unlimited plan.

    I rarely use WiFi. The only time I use it is when I buy a new computer (too often for my liking) and need to download the Verizon Access Manager. Once that is downloaded I can use the USB 727.

    I may have found a method that will work. I'll have to wait and see. I entered "services.msc" and disabled updates completely, which means that I won't get any updates at all until I go back in and change that.

    I'd rather not have the updates than put up with the exasperation that comes with Windows kidnapping my computer for a half hour or more just when I need it most.

    I'm glad I found this forum.

    Thanks again.
     
    stonefly, Dec 12, 2016
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  7. stonefly Win User
    Thanks, SonicBlue. The Verizon modem gets me on the internet almost everywhere in the USA. Some areas are weak and some strong, but it works almost everywhere. I can't depend on WiFi. Too many times I'm in a place where there is no WiFi.
     
    stonefly, Dec 12, 2016
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  8. stonefly Win User

    How can I prevent automatic updates?

    It doesn't look like I can set my Verizon connection as metered. Looks like that can only be done with WiFi.
     
    stonefly, Dec 12, 2016
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  9. SonicBlue Win User
    What version of Windows are you on?
     
    SonicBlue, Dec 12, 2016
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  10. stonefly Win User
    Windows 10.
     
    stonefly, Dec 12, 2016
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  11. Barman58 Win User
    Barman58, Dec 12, 2016
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  12. stonefly Win User
    stonefly, Dec 12, 2016
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  13. SonicBlue Win User

    How can I prevent automatic updates?

    There are 3 versions of Windows 10 released. Each version is different so to help you need to figure out which you are on.
    10240 released on August 2015
    10586 released on November 2015
    14393 released on August 2016
    Open a command prompt window and if it does not have a number at the top type in "ver" and press enter.
     
    SonicBlue, Dec 12, 2016
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  14. stonefly Win User
    How do I open a command prompt window?
     
    stonefly, Dec 12, 2016
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  15. Bree New Member
    Right-click on Start, Command Prompt is in the list you'll see. Click on it.
     
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