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    Preventing automatic Windows updates

    Is there any way in Windows 10 to prevent it from automatically getting and install new updates?

    Not a problem from my desktop (it does it overnight, so I don't care), but on my laptop it is an inconvenience. When I'm "out and about", I want to be able to just turn-it off; but instead I get a message "updating, don't turn-off your computer".
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    Under Update Settings, change active hours should enable you to avoid such issues.

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    If you are using Wi-Fi when out and about open Settings | Network and Internet | Wi-Fi | Manage Known Networks. Click on the Network to which you are connected. Then click the Properties button. Set the network to be a metered connection. That should stop updates until you are on an unmetered network.
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    Trev,
    I don't see that option. All I see is a statement "Available updates will be downloaded and installed automatically." I can't see where to change that.
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    There should be a link immediately below "Available updates will be..." which says "Change active hours". Not sure which build introduced this concept. It may not be in the build you are running.
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    There are two batchfiles on The 'Net that will:
    -- turn WU off [I do it at startup if not yet ready to do updates]
    -- turn WU on [I do it at startup when I'm ready to do updates]
    I use them to keep WU away until I'm ready to do the updates.
    Would it be forum-legal to post these?
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    Batch files are fine unless they are on a site with a copyright notice, in which case you can post the site details.

    cheers, Paul

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    I can change my settings from Auto to Notify but whether that just means that I will be told they are being downloaded to just being downloaded - not sure.

    Even though I have updates in my history after I upgraded, I wasn't aware of them as none required a restart and that was with it set to Notify.

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    Cobbled together from a few sources:

    [Double][click] during any specific Windows Sessions to postpone WU:
    rem disabling Windows Update for current session
    c:\windows\system32\net stop wuauserv
    c:\windows\system32\sc config wuauserv start=disabled
    exit

    [Double][click] during any specific Windows Sessions to no longer postpone WU:
    rem enabling Windows Update for current session
    c:\windows\system32\sc config wuauserv start=auto
    c:\windows\system32\net start wuauserv
    exit

    Normally, any cold/warm-boot or Restart will also mean Windows Updates service/module will be active. The above batchfiles are used by me within my Windows 7 Sessions, I do not know for sure if those also work for Windows 10. The path may or may not have to be altered.

    If the above do work, realize that if WU is set to automatically download and/or automatically install, you only have a few seconds within Desktop to use the OFF batchfile.
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    I suppose you could go into services.msc and change the Windows Update service to Disabled and put up with the nags about it, but I've noticed that its status now shows as Manual (Trig..) as opposed to the previous Auto (Delayed).

    In its Properties it just shows as Manual in the dropdown.

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    I think the best options are available through the Group Policy editor. It seems that you can even configure updates to install manually. I am not sure on how this will actually work, since I am discovering them myself.


    Here are some settings that may useful:

    Configure automatic updates - disabled will make updates install manually. Enabled allows a lot of configuration options. Right now I have it set to notify to download and notify to install - it seems to work, too, since I was notified of a Windows Defender update that hadn't been download.

    Do not include drivers with Windows updates;

    Allow Automatic Updates immediate installation;

    Delay Rescheduled restart for scheduled installations;

    There are also two settings for deferring Windows updates that may help delaying them...


    How effective all of this will be, remains to be seen. As I said, I am still experimenting with them.
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    I think a lot of us just have Win 10 Home where we don't have access to GPE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeP517 View Post
    There should be a link immediately below "Available updates will be..." which says "Change active hours". Not sure which build introduced this concept. It may not be in the build you are running.
    I definitely don't see that. I just upgraded 2 weeks ago, so I'd assume I got the latest build at the time. And since it appears to be updating automatically, why wouldn't I have the latest one now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkLiquorman View Post
    I definitely don't see that. I just upgraded 2 weeks ago, so I'd assume I got the latest build at the time. And since it appears to be updating automatically, why wouldn't I have the latest one now?
    The latest is 14393.10, which are you on? (run>winver)
    The latest build came out a few days ago...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trev View Post
    The latest is 14393.10, which are you on? (run>winver)
    The latest build came out a few days ago...
    Win 10 Pro Build 10586.494! But again the question, if it is doing automatic updates, why don't I have current build?
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