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Is there a way to disable auto-updates for Windows 10 Home?

Six months ago we bought a brand-new HP desktop-combo with Windows 10 Home edition and have subsequently found out there is NO WAY we can control these Windows updates. They are "hard-wired" into the computer!!

Completely out of user control whether the user wants it or not - it will get installed! Are there any ways to disable these updates? Thank you in advance for your help.

--Submitted by Peter M.

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Yes

Post was last edited on May 26, 2018 12:08 PM PDT

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Metered Connection No Longer Works to Stop Auto Updates

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I upgraded to Windows 10 Home version while it was free, I started using the metered connection through my WiFi home network. It worked for a while and I was able to control when the updates were installed. However, over the past few months, this has stopped working. I come back to my computer and find that updates have automatically installed. I understand about the need to have the updates but I want to control WHEN they are installed so I can see what they are and do a manual restore point before the installation since I've had problems after some updates were installed. Very frustrating. If Microsoft won't let us have any control, they should at least do a Restore Point before each auto update.

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Hidden settings for Windows 10 updates

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See my post further on for some other settings which need changing too: "Metered connection combined with important update settings"

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the very first and every time

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that you use a direct LAN connection instead of wifi, it will immediately revert back to allow the updates. You have to do both metered and wifi and NEVER use LAN, or it will need to be reset.

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Disable updates

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You can change your Windows Update preferences in Group Policy. Too long to explain here, but you can do a search on the web, that's how I found out about it. On my Windows 10 machine it blocks the automatic/unwanted big (ie full-blown major system) updates, but still allows you to download essential security updates.

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Group Policy?

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I believe Group Policy is only included Windows 10 PRO, not Home. (The original question here concerns W10 Home). I see the below post says GPedit can be installed in "Home", but for this question, it's not needed. W10 Home users can disable Updates by going to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services > Windows Update, as I've pointed out elsewhere. ... It's really the simple "Yes" answer to the original question.

Post was last edited on June 2, 2018 3:06 PM PDT

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Shut Off Updates

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I have Win 10 Home and Administrative Tools isn't there from control Panel

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Sure it is

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It's there on both of my Windows 10 Home machines! If it isn't on yours, you've got a bigger problem. Don't know what else to say except check again. Not talking about looking in "Settings". The original "Control Panel" is still there.

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Another Way

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Try running "services.msc from either Cortana or an (Admin, preferably) command prompt.

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Enable the Group Policy Editor

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This May Help
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Yes!!! stop using windows

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About 6 months ago I made the switch. My machine is now dual boot. Windows 10 and Ubuntu. I use Ubuntu for accessing the internet and widows for things that I haven't managed to translate to the new operating system. Ubuntu is free, and you don't have to disturb your windows installation to install it.

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Ah, statement to the obvious

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People complain...

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People complained about the learning curve between Windows 7 and Windows 8. The curve between Windows anything and Linux of any flavor is that times a thousand.

Get real!

(Please note that I am an old Unix guy dating back to its forerunner Multics and Linux is child's play for me. And I use Windows 10 for all my production work now because of its reliability, stability, versatility, support structure, and logical user interface.)

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Some Have to Use Windows Only

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Like to access WORK by VPN. They check to make sure it is Windows, latest version, fully patched, anti-virus solution (limited to latest Symantec/Norton or McAfee with current signatures.

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link Forbes doesnt work!!

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Sorry! but when I click this link Igot a blank page
What can I do???
Thanks

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Very Unwise

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I know that it is all in vogue now to complain about Microsoft's automatic updates. These are NOT "out of your control" and your lack of awareness here seems to indicate that you might be among those for whom automatic updates are most essential.

There are dozens if not hundreds of little applications that will accomplish the task of disabling automatic updates for you. They are (as far as I know) all freeware and you can find many to choose from at clearinghouse sources like Majorgeeks.com.

But disabling this feature is very unwise, even for experienced users. Most Microsoft updates are issued to patch security vulnerabilities, many others are to improve performance, and some are to add features. Theses are all things you either need or want.

Sure, there are occasionally minor annoyances. Major updates like 1809, for some reason only Microsoft knows, will do weird things like delete your Windows 7 games like FreeCell. I do wish they'd cut that out, but it is a simple matter to reinstall them, and they do not delete your records.

And, like all human entities and endeavors, Microsoft is not perfect. Occasionally an update will contain a minor glitch. But these are always minor, and Microsoft is quick to correct them and provides excellent support, particularly with installation issues.

I know you feel you are ceding some measure of control, but sometimes it is actually OK to trust the pros, and when it comes to operating systems, Microsoft is as pro as it gets.

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Minor glitch? Ha ha ha

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Fall update minor glitches included data loss, computer freezes, and re-installation of Windows 10 operating system as the only remedy for some folks. And now we have the Spring Win 10 updates causing havoc.

I went back to Win 7. But I have to cope with my wife's Win 10 PC from time to time, alas.

Took me many hours or trial and error to figure out one of the problems was the Fall update did not like the most up to date graphics drivers - uninstalling them and accepting the older ones the update suggested solved the problem here. Live and learn.

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Yeah, but didn't MS get everything working

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again the following Tuesday? Happy

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Data loss

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No, I don't think so.

Data loss? If you lost data, it was for a reason other than a Microsoft update. They never touch your data in any way.

Reinstallation of Windows 10? Only if you shut off the update while the screen was screaming at you NOT to shut the computer down while the update was in progress, and you ignored the warning.

I daresay I have lived longer than you, and been involved with computers as a professional longer than you have been alive, dating back to the early '60s. I have also learned much in my life, and among the things I have learned is that a lot or people make up stuff about Windows and post it online.

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Maybe Not Data but It Blew Away a Printer Driver

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After a failed update, I had to reinstall the driver for my HP printer.

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Security isn't the only concern...

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You seem to be unaware of any practical or legitimate need to prevent unexpected updates, or any consequences beyond losing a desktop game or two.

One can fully comprehend the importance of security and still require this feature to be (at least temporarily) disabled. For just one example, see the stories re: last year's bar exam.

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Agreed

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I volunteer at our local Computer Club and have been using, setting up for others and teaching others Windows 10 since July 2015. I like it more and more and more as I work with it and learn its tweaks. Sure, it can be a pain in the *** to deal with the updates and upgrades but it is truly worth it.

Most likely, I'm in a unique position to have learned and the pass along the knowledge. I feel that Windows 10 has taken the BEST of Windows 7 and the best of Windows 8 ( not nearly as good as 7) and are doing an amazing job of producing a good, solid, updateable, improvable Operating System.

Give it a chance. Like a good car takes a bit of maintenance... so does your computer.

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How long 'give it a chance' ?

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Come on
You find having shutdown forced on you ever 10 days (average) acceptable ?
Do you find being locked down for 30 min for 'updates' to be installed reasonable ?

It's going on for 2+ years now .... so 'give it a chance' is a laughable suggestion
And it's not just time an nusiance .... if frequently doesn't even properly shut down programs and i have to pray for good 'recovery files'
I have been lucky, maybe because I manage to skip many updates, I have not had data loss (&have become way more diligent on 5hr long full backups to an outside drive)
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XP was by far the best version they ever put out to the public

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Agree about XP3 and like Win7 alot. Hate Win10!

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I loved XP3. I like Win7 and use it on all my computers but 1 which still runs XP3 with associated audio/video mastering program. I hated trying to use 8+ and 10 has been a big pain with their constant updates. Funny, 7 was the quietest update without problems afterwards. My father in law through out his Win10 computer and bought a Mac.

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Win7 Pro 64-bit on my desktop.

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Xp on my 13 yr old laptop, until it blows. No problems.

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(NT) Threw out, sorry

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Every 10 Days?

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I've never had updates every 10 days. Ever! (Unless emergency updates). And HOW did you manage to "skip" updates on Win 10? I heard you cant: They send out "cumulative" updates that contain ALL of the updates since a semi-annual build. So, if you "skip" one, you will get it anyway. Sorry, but that is how patches work even on mainframes. Updates are NOT individual. Try downloading the documents for one off the catalog website. Each update requires previous updates, even if some don't appear to be related. Also, using Win 10 Pro, I can "pause" updates if I want to make sure my drivers are current and run CHKDSK and SFC and DISM and make an emergency recovery boot media first. If you are getting updates every 10 days, the only thing I can think of is that you are managing to skip updates. No software lets you put in fixes that have pre-requisite fixes. And if it does, chances are you will screw something up.

And I agree with you fully on XP. And, "Give it a Chance" means that it takes over-nite to do long updates. I've had a black screen for about a half hour on 1803 (MS should give us something... a progress bar.) If people don't see anything happening, they hit the power off button which has its own set of disasters depending on where the update was. But, for that black screen, it would go on forever if you had AVAST or AVG.

Post was last edited on June 1, 2018 11:26 PM PDT

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I wish...

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I wish cNet would have a little thumbs-down for "This was unhelpful."

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(NT) so you could spam every complaint with it?

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