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Question: Windows7/8 - Updates To Hide To Prevent Windows 10 Upgrade / Disable Telemetry

I have been noticing lately a lot of people keep asking the same question on how to prevent the Windows 10 upgrade so here is a list of updates that need to be hidden in order to prevent the Windows 10 Upgrade or prevent updates that enable Telemetry, some of them are system preparation for the upgrade so you may not find them all in your updates list until a pre-requistie update was installed before.

If doing a clean installation of Windows 7 or 8, you need to scan the list of updates carefully everytime updates appear to ensure none of them re-appears as Micro$h4ft has been showing some of them again even if you hide them.

If you have already installed Windows and did a few updates, then head over to Control Panel > Programs and Features > View Installed Updates then go from the top to the bottom through the list to ensure none of them is installed, if you do find one installed, then uninstall it, reboot, then check for updates and once it appears right click on it and hide it.

These Windows 10 upgrade activation updates are like a virus really, only thing is, it's a legit virus

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First of all, for Windows 7 users, let's install the Disable IE 10 and IE 11 toolkit in order for them to not showup in Windows Updates because if one installs them, he would get KB2670838 installed automatically as they come bundled with them which will break the AERO functionality on many systems and/or display blurry fonts in your browser on some sites.

IE10 BlockerToolkit

IE11 BlockerToolkit

Once you run any of the above downloaded EXEs, it will ask you to extract the contents to a folder. Select the folder you want then go through the Read Me File for instructions.

Here is how I blocked IE 10/11 on my system. Note that my computer name is PREDATOR hence you need to replace PREDATOR with your computer name.

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KB2505438 (Although it claims to fix performance issues, it often breaks fonts)
KB2670838 (The EVIL Update, breaks AERO on Windows 7 and makes some fonts on websites fuzzy, Windows 7 specific update only, do not install IE10 or 11 otherwise it will be bundled with them, IE9 is the max version you should install)
KB2882822 (Very fishy update that just popped up with not enough detail about it)
KB2902907 (Microsoft Security Essentials)
KB2952664 ("Get Windows 10" Assistant)
KB2976978 (Windows 10 Upgrade preparation for Windows 8)
KB2977759 (Windows 10 Upgrade preparation for Windows 7)
KB2990214 (Windows 10 Upgrade preparation for Windows 7)
KB3012973 (Force Trigger Download and Install of Windows 10)
KB3015249 (Adds telemetry points to consent.exe in Windows 7 & Windows 8)
KB3021917 (Windows 10 Upgrade preparation + Telemetry)
KB3022345 (Telemetry)
KB3035583 (GWX Update installs the "Get Windows 10" app in Windows 7 & Windows 8)
KB3042058 (Microsoft claims its a security update but it contains Winlogon Spying)
KB3044374 (Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 8 systems)
KB3050267(Windows 10 upgrade preparation but also adds the option in GPEDIT to disable Windows 10 upgrade altogether so you may want to actually install this)
KB3064683 (Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 8)
KB3065987 (Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 7)
KB3065988 (Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 8)
KB3068708 (Telemetry)
KB3072318 (Windows 10 Upgrade preparation for Windows 8)
KB3074677 (Windows 10 Upgrade preparation)
KB3075249 (Telemetry)
KB3075851 (Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 7)
KB3075853 (Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 8)
KB3080149 (Telemetry)
KB3081437 (Windows 10 Upgrade preparation)
KB3081454 (Windows 10 Upgrade preparation)
KB3081954 (Telemetry Update for Windows 7)
KB3083324 (Windows 10 Upgrade preparation for Windows 7)
KB3083325 (Windows 10 Upgrade preparation for Windows 8)
KB3083710 (Update for the Windows Update client with sketchy details for Windows 7, see this thread)
KB3083711 (Update for the Windows Update client with sketchy details for Windows 8, see this thread)
KB3086255 (Flagged as an Important update. It disables SafeDisc games in Windows Vista, 7, and 8/8.1)
KB3088195 (Miscorosft Claims it's a security update but also has a key logger on the Kernel Level)

KB3090045 (Windows 10 Upgrade Update for Windows 7/8)
KB3093983 (Microsoft claims it's a security update but it contains IE spying)
KB3102810 (Fixes an issue regarding long wait while searching for Windows Updates but also has Windows 10 Upgrade preparation for Windows 7)
KB3102812 (Fixes an issue regarding long wait while searching for Windows Updates but also has Windows 10 Upgrade preparation for Windows 8)
KB3107998 (Removes Lenovo USB Blocker)
KB3112336 (Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 8)
KB3112343 (Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 7)
KB3123862 (Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 7 & 8)
KB3135445 (Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 7)
KB3135449 (Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 8)
KB3138612 (Fishy update to for Windows Updates)
KB3138615
KB3139929 (Fishy update for Windows 7/8 to Windows 10 Upgrade)
KB3146449 (Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 7/8)
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To uninstall all the above updates in one shot rather than looking for any of them if they are installed or not as it can be a daunting task to go through the large list of installed updates, @Ethremcreated a great script that does this job. Please make sure to rep him for his hard work.

Download the "Remove Telemetry-Win10 Upgrade Updates Script" then extract it from the ZIP file. After that, you need to right click on it and choose Run as Administrator and wait for the on screen message to display that all updates have been uninstalled.

Reboot after that and search for Windows updates again, once you see them bad updates re-appear, just right click on them and select HIDE from the context menu.

To do this manually for each update, simply run the below command in an elevated command prompt.


Code:

wusa /uninstall /kb:2505438 /norestart
Replace the number in red with the KB Update # you want to uninstall.

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Additionally, please go to Task Scheduler and disable the following items:

Note: instead of doing this manually, you can simply download this batch file I created, right click on it and choose Run as Administrator and it will disable all the privacy related tasks.

Download Disable Task Scheduler Privacy Related tasks Batch File



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Please ensure you have KB3050265 (Which fixes a major leak in Windows Updates that causes slow scanning and also adds the option to disable automatic update to the latest Windows Virus) then head over to Group Policy Editor and to this:
View attachment 128267

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Finally, create an empty TXT in notepad and copy/paste the below text then save it as hosts without any extension; then copy this file to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc overwriting the existing file then reboot.

This hosts file will block OpenCandy Malware, Telemetry, and a few dangerous domains like SourceForge. Feel free to remove any entry you don't want to block.


Spoiler: Phoenix Hosts File

Code:

[FONT=Georgia]# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
# 127.0.0.1 localhost
# ::1 localhost

127.0.0.1 localhost
127.0.0.1 activate.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 bi.bisrv.com
127.0.0.1 www.softonic.com
127.0.0.1 softonic.com
127.0.0.1 sourceforge.net
127.0.0.1 www.bestvistadownloads.com
127.0.0.1 image.online-convert.com/convert-to-ico
127.0.0.1 tracking.opencandy.com.s3.amazonaws.com
127.0.0.1 media.opencandy.com
127.0.0.1 cdn.opencandy.com
127.0.0.1 tracking.opencandy.com
127.0.0.1 api.opencandy.com
127.0.0.1 offer.alibaba.com
127.0.0.1 t.nuvidp.com
127.0.0.1 data.causingcopeirritating.info
127.0.0.1 www.toastedballs.com
127.0.0.1 a.ads1.msn.com
127.0.0.1 a.ads2.msads.net
127.0.0.1 a.ads2.msn.com
127.0.0.1 a.rad.msn.com
127.0.0.1 a-0001.a-msedge.net
127.0.0.1 a-0002.a-msedge.net
127.0.0.1 a-0003.a-msedge.net
127.0.0.1 a-0004.a-msedge.net
127.0.0.1 a-0005.a-msedge.net
127.0.0.1 a-0006.a-msedge.net
127.0.0.1 a-0007.a-msedge.net
127.0.0.1 a-0008.a-msedge.net
127.0.0.1 a-0009.a-msedge.net
127.0.0.1 ac3.msn.com
127.0.0.1 ad.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 adnexus.net
127.0.0.1 adnxs.com
127.0.0.1 ads.msn.com
127.0.0.1 ads1.msads.net
127.0.0.1 ads1.msn.com
127.0.0.1 aidps.atdmt.com
127.0.0.1 aka-cdn-ns.adtech.de
127.0.0.1 a-msedge.net
127.0.0.1 az361816.vo.msecnd.net
127.0.0.1 az512334.vo.msecnd.net
127.0.0.1 b.ads1.msn.com
127.0.0.1 b.ads2.msads.net
127.0.0.1 b.rad.msn.com
127.0.0.1 bs.serving-sys.com
127.0.0.1 c.atdmt.com
127.0.0.1 c.msn.com
127.0.0.1 cdn.atdmt.com
127.0.0.1 cds26.ams9.msecn.net
127.0.0.1 choice.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 choice.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
127.0.0.1 compatexchange.cloudapp.net
127.0.0.1 corp.sts.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 corpext.msitadfs.glbdns2.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 cs1.wpc.v0cdn.net
127.0.0.1 db3aqu.atdmt.com
127.0.0.1 df.telemetry.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 diagnostics.support.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 ec.atdmt.com
127.0.0.1 feedback.microsoft-hohm.com
127.0.0.1 feedback.search.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 feedback.windows.com
127.0.0.1 flex.msn.com
127.0.0.1 g.msn.com
127.0.0.1 h1.msn.com
127.0.0.1 i1.services.social.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 i1.services.social.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
127.0.0.1 lb1.www.ms.akadns.net
127.0.0.1 live.rads.msn.com
127.0.0.1 m.adnxs.com
127.0.0.1 msedge.net
127.0.0.1 msftncsi.com
127.0.0.1 msnbot-65-55-108-23.search.msn.com
127.0.0.1 msntest.serving-sys.com
127.0.0.1 oca.telemetry.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 oca.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
127.0.0.1 pre.footprintpredict.com
127.0.0.1 preview.msn.com
127.0.0.1 rad.live.com
127.0.0.1 rad.msn.com
127.0.0.1 redir.metaservices.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 reports.wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 schemas.microsoft.akadns.net
127.0.0.1 secure.adnxs.com
127.0.0.1 secure.flashtalking.com
127.0.0.1 services.wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 settings-sandbox.data.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 settings-win.data.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 sls.update.microsoft.com.akadns.net
127.0.0.1 sqm.df.telemetry.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 sqm.telemetry.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 sqm.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
127.0.0.1 ssw.live.com
127.0.0.1 static.2mdn.net
127.0.0.1 statsfe1.ws.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 statsfe2.ws.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 telecommand.telemetry.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 telecommand.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
127.0.0.1 telemetry.appex.bing.net
127.0.0.1 telemetry.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 telemetry.urs.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 v10.vortex-win.data.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 vortex.data.glbdns2.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 vortex.data.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 vortex-bn2.metron.live.com.nsatc.net
127.0.0.1 vortex-cy2.metron.live.com.nsatc.net
127.0.0.1 vortex-sandbox.data.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 vortex-win.data.metron.live.com.nsatc.net
127.0.0.1 vortex-win.data.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 watson.live.com
127.0.0.1 web.vortex.data.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 www.msftncsi.com
::1 localhost[/FONT]
(Note: You may notice that my list of entries in the HOSTS file are less than those found on other sites, reason being is after testing, when some of the addresses were in the HOSTS file, it caused problems connecting to some Micro$h4ft sites like the Micro$h4ft Office account page for managing your office subscriptions and OneDrive; but as long as you use this list along with O&O Shutup10 you should be safe.)

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Preferred Solution: Windows7/8 - Updates To Hide To Prevent Windows 10 Upgrade / Disable Telemetry

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Answer: Windows7/8 - Updates To Hide To Prevent Windows 10 Upgrade / Disable Telemetry

People can simplify it by using he GWX Control Panel

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I have been noticing lately a lot of people keep asking the same question on how to prevent the Windows 10 upgrade so here is a list of updates that need to be hidden in order to prevent the Windows 10 Upgrade or prevent updates that enable Telemetry, some of them are system preparation for the upgrade so you may not find them all in your updates list until a pre-requistie update was installed before.

If doing a clean installation of Windows 7 or 8, you need to scan the list of updates carefully everytime updates appear to ensure none of them re-appears as Micro$h4ft has been showing some of them again even if you hide them.
If you have already installed Windows and did a few updates, then head over to Control Panel > Programs and Features > View Installed Updates then go from the top to the bottom through the list to ensure none of them is installed, if you do find one installed, then uninstall it, reboot, then check for updates and once it appears right click on it and hide it.

These Windows 10 upgrade activation updates are like a virus really, only thing is, it's a legit virus

KB2505438 (Although it claims to fix performance issues, it often breaks fonts)
KB2670838 (The EVIL Update, breaks AERO on Windows 7 and makes some fonts on websites fuzzy, Windows 7 specific update only, do not install IE10 or 11 otherwise it will be bundled with them, IE9 is the max version you should install)
KB2952664 (Windows 10 Upgrade preparation)
KB2976978 ... Read more

Answer:Windows Updates to hide to prevent Windows 10 Upgrade / Disable Telemetry

Yes, I've kept a list of those updates for Win 10 and Telemetry and don't have them on my PC because I did hide them all multiple times (Win 10) and yet some came back over and over. Therefore I don't trust Microsoft anymore and don't have the automatic updates set anymore for at least 6 months.

Just checked them again against your list and all is fine here.
 

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Hello,

before week Microsoft released these January updates:
KB3108664
KB3109560
KB3110329
KB3121212
KB3121918
KB3123479
KB3124000
KB3124001

And my question is. Are these updates safe and clean without any Microsoft telemetry or Enforcement upgrade W10? Thank you in advance.

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I have gone through seemingly endless forums and posts about getting Microsoft out of my data and it seems that nothing is a true solution - by the time the computer starts up again, it is back to factory "steal my data" settings.

I consult on a wide range of projects, and as such, I am in charge of a large amount of confidential information. Security settings and crash reports should be at my choice.

Is there any way whatsoever to set my computer from Win7-Win10 to not send any information out to Microsoft.

I understand that there is a "Limited" amount of data being sent when set to "basic" however, the interpretation of the user agreement by various organizations and firms is variable to what that actually means. Due to the vagueness of the agreement the Microsoft group has chosen to put out there, i am not comfortable with what I have and will continue to need to do on my PC with Windows 10 doing what can only be described as nosily tracking me.

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Telemetry - Disable

Hi, two free programs have been designed aimed at changing settings to minimise reporting:
O&O shutup
Spybot Anti-beacon

These only change settings you can change manually.

Note one side-effect of changing some of the privacy settings is you may find a red message
'Some settings are managed by your organisation'
which is confusing and some find disconcerting.
(E.g. when in Settings, Privacy, General)

Sometimes this also means you come across a feature or setting that no longer works.

However these programs also have the means to change things back to default, so are relatively safe.

I would suggest
a. Turn system restore on (it's off by default in Win 10)
b. set a restore point before using them (they may prompt for this anyway, I can't recall)
c. don't change all settings at once; change some, check everything's ok for a while, then continue.

Note much has been written about the significance of non-personal reporting to MS, as you will be aware.

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What's the most through and safest way to disable Windows 10 telemetry?

Answer:Disable Windows 10 Telemetry?

The safest way is to go through your privacy settings and Cortana & Search settings and set them up as you see fit.  I did this upon installing Windows 10 and that's all I did and most of the things people are complaining about, e.g., ads on the start menu, simply do not happen if you've tweaked the appropriate setting or settings (e.g., the "Let apps use my advertising ID" in general privacy settings for the prior example) to your liking.  It's not difficult nor is it particularly time consuming.  One can run through all the Privacy and Cortana settings in less than 15 minutes, tops.
 
I don't encourage anyone to turn off the system health telemetry, period.  All major OS developers have this sort of telemetry, and it's very helpful for catching "bad updates" on those occasions where they occur before they've been rolled out to the entire world and for improving little bits and pieces of the OS.  If you're really desperate to do that Spybot Anti-Beacon is probably your best choice.  Note well that this kind of telemetry is not new, not by a long shot, and has served its legitimate purpose for a long time now.  The telemetry related to building a personal profile on you for use by the Cortana personal digital assistant functionality is entirely new, and can be entirely turned off via a couple of switches.  If you had been using the Cortana PDA functionality and want to purge all "cloud memory" regarding yourself the links to do... Read more

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I have gone through seemingly endless forums and posts about getting Microsoft out of my data and it seems that nothing is a true solution - by the time the computer starts up again, it is back to factory "steal my data" settings.

I consult on a wide range of projects, and as such, I am in charge of a large amount of confidential information. Security settings and crash reports should be at my choice.

Is there any way whatsoever to set my computer from Win7-Win10 to not send any information out to Microsoft.

I understand that there is a "Limited" amount of data being sent when set to "basic" however, the interpretation of the user agreement by various organizations and firms is variable to what that actually means. Due to the vagueness of the agreement the Microsoft group has chosen to put out there, i am not comfortable with what I have and will continue to need to do on my PC with Windows 10 doing what can only be described as nosily tracking me.

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Telemetry - Disable

Hi, two free programs have been designed aimed at changing settings to minimise reporting:
O&O shutup
Spybot Anti-beacon

These only change settings you can change manually.

Note one side-effect of changing some of the privacy settings is you may find a red message
'Some settings are managed by your organisation'
which is confusing and some find disconcerting.
(E.g. when in Settings, Privacy, General)

Sometimes this also means you come across a feature or setting that no longer works.

However these programs also have the means to change things back to default, so are relatively safe.

I would suggest
a. Turn system restore on (it's off by default in Win 10)
b. set a restore point before using them (they may prompt for this anyway, I can't recall)
c. don't change all settings at once; change some, check everything's ok for a while, then continue.

Note much has been written about the significance of non-personal reporting to MS, as you will be aware.

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how do I disable telemetry in windows 10
 

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I have gone through seemingly endless forums and posts about getting Microsoft out of my data and it seems that nothing is a true solution - by the time the computer starts up again, it is back to factory "steal my data" settings.

I consult on a wide range of projects, and as such, I am in charge of a large amount of confidential information. Security settings and crash reports should be at my choice.

Is there any way whatsoever to set my computer from Win7-Win10 to not send any information out to Microsoft.

I understand that there is a "Limited" amount of data being sent when set to "basic" however, the interpretation of the user agreement by various organizations and firms is variable to what that actually means. Due to the vagueness of the agreement the Microsoft group has chosen to put out there, i am not comfortable with what I have and will continue to need to do on my PC with Windows 10 doing what can only be described as nosily tracking me.

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Telemetry - Disable

Hi, two free programs have been designed aimed at changing settings to minimise reporting:
O&O shutup
Spybot Anti-beacon

These only change settings you can change manually.

Note one side-effect of changing some of the privacy settings is you may find a red message
'Some settings are managed by your organisation'
which is confusing and some find disconcerting.
(E.g. when in Settings, Privacy, General)

Sometimes this also means you come across a feature or setting that no longer works.

However these programs also have the means to change things back to default, so are relatively safe.

I would suggest
a. Turn system restore on (it's off by default in Win 10)
b. set a restore point before using them (they may prompt for this anyway, I can't recall)
c. don't change all settings at once; change some, check everything's ok for a while, then continue.

Note much has been written about the significance of non-personal reporting to MS, as you will be aware.

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How to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10

Windows 10 now comes with the telemetry feature enabled by default which collects all sorts of user activity and sends it to Microsoft. Unfortunately, Microsoft has provided no way to disable it completely using the Settings app for Home and Pro editions of Windows 10. Only Enterprise users can turn it off. Here is a solution for editions other than Enterprise to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10.

Read the full story at Winaero
How to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10

Myself I went back to 8.1 which I only use rarely. My main OS is 7 Ultimate.

Answer:How to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10

you cant modify this if you are in the insider program, from what I can see..

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Hello, I have a question about Windows Updates and Telemetry.

Really, I have a question about the trustworthiness of this website: http://www.askvg.com/tip-disable-telemetry-and-data-collection-on-windows-7-and-8/

I have followed the tips there for disabling telemetry and CEIP in Windows 7, except I did not edit my Registry.

My question is, should I trust the list of Windows Updates to uninstall/not install? Some of them, I have seen red-flagged on another website, which people here told me was a reliable website. Other updates, that I don't recall seeing flagged before, are:

KB2976978
KB3044374
KB3050267
KB3058168
KB3064683
KB3065988
KB3072318
KB3083711
KB3083325
KB3112343
 

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Hi, I have a question about the telemetry (spying and personal data theft) Windows updates. I have read that Microsoft created a bunch of these and want to uninstall them.

I found 3 websites that list a bunch of updates. I know how to uninstall using command prompt and "wusa", and don't plan to use any third-party batch scripts, I will do it all manually.

My question is whether these 3 sources are reliable/safe sources of lists of which updates to uninstall, or of there's some update they list that I really should not remove (because it's necessary for security or fixing a bug, or not actually telemetry/spyware nor altering the computer to prepare it to "upgrade" to Windows 10). These are the 3 sources I am asking about:

https://gist.github.com/xvitaly/eafa75ed2cb79b3bd4e9
https://www.hackread.com/microsoft-updates-spy-on-windows7-8-users/
https://freedomhacker.net/latest-windows-7-8-81-update-spy-windows-10-4568/
 

Answer:How to Uninstall Telemetry/Spyware Windows Updates?

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Hi All,
Like Office telemetry, I want to implement Windows Telemetry in my organization where I want to collect all the windows telemetry data into our local database.
Please let us know the steps which need to be performed to implement this.

Many Thanks,
Chandan

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Windows KB2952664 and KB2976978 telemetry updates re-released (again)

Microsoft re-released the Windows 7 telemetry update KB2952664 and the Windows 8.1 telemetry update KB2976978 yesterday... these updates as they were the prerequisites for Microsoft's infamous Get Windows 10 (GWX) campaign that haunted users who did not want to upgrade to Windows 10 for almost a year.
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http://www.ghacks.net/2017/02/10/kb2652664-and-kb2976978-telemetry-updates-re-released-again/
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http://www.infoworld.com/article/3168397/microsoft-windows/microsoft-re-releases-snooping-patches-kb-2952664-kb-2976978.html

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Microsoft Re-Releases Windows Telemetry Updates KB2952664 and KB2976978

Even though this month?s Patch Tuesday was delayed, Microsoft rolled out non-security Office updates this week, targeting both Office 2013 and Office 2016 with a total of 17 patches.

But what?s more interesting is that this week, the company also re-released two patches there were previously linked to telemetry data collection in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

First and foremost, the Office patches. Microsoft shipped 5 different updates for Office 2013, with dedicated patches for OneDrive, Project, and Visio. Then, there?s Office 2016, which is getting not only general patches, but also updates that are specifically aimed at Access, OneDrive for Business, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, and Visio, bringing the total count to 12 updates.

Telemetry patches
In addition to these Office updates, Microsoft is also re-releasing KB2952664 and KB2976978 for Windows 7 and 8.1, respectively for a reason that?s not yet known.

As Woody Leonhard of InfoWorld notes, these updates first showed up at a time when everyone was struggling to deal with the infamous Get Windows 10 (GWX) app, though Microsoft specifically mentions that they are not related to this application in any way.

Their official KB pages indeed indicate that both updates were re-released on March 7, while their descriptions point out that only users who are part of the Windows Consumer Experience Improvement Program should get them.

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Answer:Microsoft Re-Releases Windows Telemetry Updates KB2952664 and KB2976978

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But what?s more interesting is that this week, the company also re-released two patches there were previously linked to telemetry data collection in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1Click to expand...

no big deal now , the CIA will own you (eventually)
 

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Microsoft Re-Releases KB2652664, KB2976978 Telemetry Updates for Windows 7/8.1

Microsoft has silently re-released two Windows telemetry updates that were linked to the infamous Get Windows 10 (GWX) app that the company pushed to Windows 7 and 8.1 users in mid-2015 to prepare the migration to Windows 10.

The company, however, does not disclose what exactly is new in KB2952664 for Windows 7 and KB 2976978 for Windows 8.1, providing just a generic description that doesn?t say much about their purpose.

?This update performs diagnostics on the Windows systems that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program. The diagnostics evaluate the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem, and help Microsoft to ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows. There is no GWX or upgrade functionality contained in this update,? the company says on the KB page.
The two updates are currently listed as optional and it?s not known if the company wants to promote them to the important branch next week when it releases this month?s Patch Tuesday updates.

Telemetry updates
What?s also important to know is that these updates are supposed to be shipped to users in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program and are listed as compatibility updates for keeping Windows up-to-date.

In the past, the two updates were linked with telemetry data collection in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and they launched a Windows task identified as Do... Read more

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I'm running Windows 10 at work and there is a security update that breaks the app I use for my phone. I want to stop it from installing but I can't figure out how with Windows 10.

Answer:Anyone know How to prevent or hide a Windows 10 security update

Moved to appropriate area...
Windows 10 How-To Guides is for write ups of prepackaged solutions... Not for leading questions on issues not yet resolved.
Is your PC at work on Windows 10 Pro? Do you have Admin rights? If so you can use Local Group Policy Editor to gain manual control of updates, per this How To: http://forums.windowscentral.com/win...ows-10-pc.html

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As per Gordon Kelly,Microsoft has decided to allow users to completely disable telemetry in a future update (later this year) as I see it,this is pretty big news! will Microsoft stick to their word? time will tell... http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonke.../#16deb9603974

Answer:Microsoft will allow users to disable telemetry

Sounded good until I read this:






Other important takeaways from Microsoft?s telemetry U-turn? While it may change in future, for now full control over telemetry is currently only being brought to Windows 10 Enterprise. This means users of Windows 10 Home and Pro, typically consumers and small businesses respectively, will still need to cede control.

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As per Gordon Kelly,Microsoft has decided to allow users to completely disable telemetry in a future update (later this year) as I see it,this is pretty big news! will Microsoft stick to their word? time will tell... http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonke.../#16deb9603974

Answer:Microsoft will allow users to disable telemetry

Sounded good until I read this:






Other important takeaways from Microsoft?s telemetry U-turn? While it may change in future, for now full control over telemetry is currently only being brought to Windows 10 Enterprise. This means users of Windows 10 Home and Pro, typically consumers and small businesses respectively, will still need to cede control.

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Is there a registry setting that would disable telemetry to Microsoft - - without creating "Some settings are managed by your organization" problem?

Answer:Registry setting to disable telemetry

It might be easier and safer if you used one of the miriad of programs that are available for free. You could try this one and see what you think.

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Is there a registry setting that would disable telemetry to Microsoft - - without creating "Some settings are managed by your organization" problem?

Answer:Registry setting to disable telemetry

It might be easier and safer if you used one of the miriad of programs that are available for free. You could try this one and see what you think.

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Going to do an in place upgrade to Windows 7 from Windows Vista. In step 6 of Brink's guide, if I select the option Go online to get the latest updates for installation, will that infest me with the Windows 10 nagware patches?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:InPlace Upgrade to Windows7 from Vista-Updates for Installation Option

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Not sure a in-place upgrade is even possible if you need new installation media you can use this to get it easily
https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/techno...-download-tool

Personally I would clean install,
It's a lot easier to clean install these days with the unofficial sp2
There are essentially 3 updates needed for a clean install of windows that will get you updated through April of 2016

KB3020369 & KB3172605 & KB3125574 all can be downloaded from the M$ catalog using internet explorer
Microsoft Update Catalog

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/...ows-7-and-8-1/
When manually installing updates you need to switch your update settings to Never check for updates and restart the machine first.

After restart you will need to ensure the built in windows update service is stopped and set to manual first too or it will conflict with the stand alone installer.

Afterwards reset the windows updates service to what it was before and update settings to your preference and check for updates
Should be only 50 or so updates left to install.

I also have the three required updates on my OneDrive if you can't or don't want to deal with the catalog,
https://1drv.ms/f/s!AsjD7o6P3KLKj2TjShn8-SumV1rr

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I have read that office also does telemetry collection.

This can be seen, for example, here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...ffice.16).aspx

I have tried to search this and find how to completely disable office telemetry without uninstalling it. Unfortunately all I can find is how to prevent telemetry from windows update.

Can someone help-me on this?

Answer:How to disable office 2016 telemetry or how to check it.

A quick search of the linked documents shows the configuration options - https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...6%29#configure

In the group policy bit it looks pretty straight forward to turn telemetry collection off.

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Hi, Does anyone have a comprehensive list of all the telemetry & gwx updates for Windows 7?

Answer:Telemetry & GWX Updates

Hi:

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Hi, Does anyone have a comprehensive list of all the telemetry & gwx updates for Windows 7?
 
I'm trying to find all the updates so I can remove them, I've come across a few lists but I have no idea how detailed or up to date they are.
 
If someone could link me to somewhere that lists them all I'd be very grateful.
 
Thanks!

Answer:Telemetry & GWX Updates

Hi:
 
Not sure about the telemetry stuff (most of which is overblown tinfoil-hat FUD), but the free Win10 offer ended ~2 months ago, so there's nothing to fear about that any longer.
 
There is an optional MS update to remove the GWX software from Windows 7:
 
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3184143
 
Cheers,
 
MM

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Hello guys

eversince Windows XP icons in the tray bar automatically hide when unused. Since I believe Windows Vista there was the option to make those tray icons visible so they didn't hide even when they were not used. I cannot seem to find this option in Windows 10, does anyone know how I make sure the tray icons won't hide?

I want the icons in the big square to just be next to the others on the taskbar

In Windows 7 and 8/8.1 (and maybe also XP and Vista I don't remember) I know you could just right-click the arrow and mark a checkbox but there is no such thing in Windows 10.

thanks in advance

Answer:Windows 10 tray icons hide automatically, how do I disable?

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For those who don't mind sending telemetry to MS, skip this post. For all others...

I happened to be in Task Scheduler for something completely unrelated, and noticed MS had setup tasks to send telemetry about my computer to MS, even though I had opted out of doing so when I installed W7. These tasks were located in the "Customer Experience Improvement Program" folder under Microsoft/Windows branch in the Task Scheduler Library tree. Digging into this, it turns out a KB update issued 4th quarter 2015 ignores your privacy settings and sets up tasks to send telemetry anyway. (See Forbes article link below.)

Forbes Welcome

To check this on my machines, I went to the original setting for CEIP and saw it was indeed set to NOT participate... you can see by going to Control Panel -> Action Center -> click hyperlink at left to "Change Action Center settings", then in the new window, look at the bottom for the hyperlink that says "Customer Experience Improvement Program setting" ... and see if it is set to NOT participate (as mine was).

Now go into Task Scheduler and into the folder of the same name under MS/Windows... and see if there aren't 2 or 3 enabled tasks... in the description in the lower part of the window, you will see the tasks are for CEIP and involve sending telemetry.

After disabling those tasks, I also found three other folders setup to send telemetry, apparently (as per the article above and others sources I read) from other KB... Read more

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Hi.
I'm trying to prevent use of search button of Metro Menu in W8.1. Is it possible? If yes, how do I configure this?
Thanks in advance,
Roberto Coleta
 

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Although Safe Mode is very useful for troubleshooting computer problems, it can also be used to bypass some security software that autostarts in normal Windows. An example is if you installed an internet monitoring software which restricts your children to use the computer an hour a day, your kid can simple boot in to Safe Mode and use the computer the whole day? There are times we need to disable Safe Mode for extra security.
1. Go to Start > Run
2. Type regedit and click OK
3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\SafeBoot
4. Expand SafeBoot by clicking the + sign and you should see 2 keys with the name Minimal and Network.
5. Rename both of the keys to something else, example, Minimal to MinimalX and Network to NetworkX.
Now if you try to boot in to Safe Mode, doesn?t matter if you select the normal Safe Mode, or Safe Mode with Networking or Safe Mode with Command Prompt, the computer will auto reboot or get a blue screen of death (BSOD).
To enable Safe Mode back, just rename MinimalX to Minimal and NetworkX to Network. I know that this solution is not perfect because if the person knows about this trick, he/she can simply modify the registry to re-enable back Safe Mode. However, it does give some level of protection against an average computer user.
Actually if you can create a Limited User account, you wouldn?t need to use this registry hack because a limited user cannot even access the registry. So this is a solution to those t... Read more

Answer:Disable Windows Safe Mode for Extra Security to Prevent Tampering

I didn't know this tweak..Thanks..

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I have updates set to notify me when I have updates to install. Well, am getting sick of the same ones coming up. Am updated current, but do not want to download I.E. 7 or their removal tool. I read something about hidden ones you didn't want to download. Where is it and how do you tell the stupid updater that it can quit telling you about the same downloads? If there is such a thing.
 

Answer:windows updates/hide?

jdemnyan1116 said:

I have updates set to notify me when I have updates to install. Well, am getting sick of the same ones coming up. Am updated current, but do not want to download I.E. 7 or their removal tool. I read something about hidden ones you didn't want to download. Where is it and how do you tell the stupid updater that it can quit telling you about the same downloads? If there is such a thing.Click to expand...

Hide Windows Update
Go to the Windows Update site, there you can click on the [+] next to the item
description and then check the "don't show me this update again" box, and Windows
update/Automatic Updates will be hidden and not offered unless you unhide it
 

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Why do you have to hide windows updates more than one time? Some times over and over till it gets it.

PS: And I don't aways even have the program installed in some MS office cases. One I needed to hide five times and that was the last one on the list.

Answer:hide windows updates over and over

Hello chuckbam,

Can you give us the KB number of the update{s} you refer to?

In my experience it is rare that any "hidden" update is re-offered.

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I've just installed Firefox on a Windows XP computer, and made it the default browser.A short time ago I got notification of some Windows updates - Malicious Software Removal Tool and Internet Exporer 7 (the computer still has IE 6 on it).A little while after I OK'd the download/installation of these updates, I received a report saying that they couldn't be installed - no further explanation.So - using Firefox - I went to the Windows Update site, which told me that I couldn't use the site because I wasn't using IE 5 or above.This set me thinking. If you don't use Internet Explorer as your default browser, does this mean you will never successfully download and install Windows updates?

Answer:Does Firefox prevent Windows updates?

No. Makes no difference. You just cant browse the MS website properly with anything but IE

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I found a unique way to do it on Windows 10 HOME and as far as I searched internet I didn't find any similar instructions:
http://www.smartestcomputing.us.com/topic/81980-windows-10-home-disable-automatic-updates-enable-updates-on-demand/

 

Answer:Windows 10 Home disable automatic updates, enable updates on demand

Those are good instructions. Clear and concise.

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I found a unique way to do it on Windows 10 HOME and as far as I searched internet I didn't find any similar instructions:
http://www.smartestcomputing.us.com...e-automatic-updates-enable-updates-on-demand/
 

Answer:Windows 10 Home disable automatic updates, enable updates on demand

I got some updates last night and unfortunately my fix didn't work so I'll unpin this topic.
 

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I don't see any option to hide the updates which you don't want to install.
In windows 7, one can simply right click and choose hide the update, but no such thing in windows 8.1.
am i missing something???

Answer:Hide unwanted updates in windows 8.1

The option to hide updates is there for me and I use it to hide MS crapware, so it works as in prior versions. It has the little administrator shield on it, so you have to be an administrator to access it. If your PC is a company machine they may have set a policy that removes the option.

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Hi all.When I had Windows XP, I could hide any particular Windows update that I did not want to install.When I go to the update page, in the left colum there is a heading that says "unhide update" but I can not seem to find any reference as to how I CAN hide an unwanted update.How do I go about hiding an unwanted updates in Windows 7 Ultimate?Advice appreciated."Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia"

Answer:In W7 How do I Hide Unwanted Windows updates

Right click on the update in question. One of the options on the context menu is 'Hide Update". Click it.

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Each day i try to go on the internet but I have to use a restore point prior to January 24, 2011 in order for my computer to go online. If I allow the newer Microsoft updates, my computer tells me that I have a connection problem and cannot connect. I am connected with a Netgear ethernet switch. Has anyone else had this?
 

Answer:Windows 7 updates prevent internet access

Maybe you also need to update your network adapter driver?
 

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This article is at How to Geek. 
 
http://www.howtogeek.com/224471/how-to-prevent-windows-10-from-automatically-downloading-updates/

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Hello, I hope someone can help me with my problem. Before I shut down my computer for the night a few days ago, some Windows updates downloaded, and then the computer shut down normally. The next morning I tried to turn it on, and it says Windows is loading files, after that the normal windows screen comes up, it says Starting Windows. Then it goes to a blue screen and just stays there. I waited half an hour one time and it just stays that way. So obviously Windows7 is not starting, like it says. If someone could help me I would appreciate it. Thank you

Answer:After Windows7 updates Windows will not open.

Heres a comprehensive tutorial of things to work through
Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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Dear Brink,

Is it possible to disable/re-enable or hide/unhide Start Menu in Windows Vista via registry, using VB6 or at least disable/re-enable all items in (shortcuts and everyrthing else in Start Menu) in order to exclude starting of ANY program via contents of Start menu in Vista while my own application is active?

Could it be possible to disable/re-enable "Windows" key or any combinations of keys such as "Windows" + "Esc" via registry, using VB6?

Thanks in advance for your help.

vnaz235

Answer:Disable/re-enable or hide/unhide Start Menu in Windows Vista via registry, using VB6

Hello Vnaz235, and welcome to Vista Forums.

I'm not sure what you mean by the first question. Did you want to stop a startup program from running?


This tutorial will show you how to enable/disable all Windows Key keyboard shortcuts.

Windows HotKeys

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi,
For one of the requirement I am working on, I need to make sure that the end users are disabled from unpinning the tiles in start screen and also pin any new tiles in Windows 8.
Any pointers in this regard is really appreciated.
Thanks in advance

Answer:Disable user permissions in Windows 8 (Install/Uninstall/Purchase Apps - Prevent changes to Start)

Hi,
For one of the requirement I am working on, I need to make sure that the end users are disabled from uninstalling the existing apps and installing new apps from store.
Any pointers in this regard is really appreciated.
Thanks in advance

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Win Updates Disabler: Disable\Enable Windows Updates, Windows Defender, Security Center, Windows Firewall

Win Updates Disabler is a very simple Windows OS software that helps you to completely disable or enable Automatic Updates on your Windows system. Moreover, it can help to disable or enable Windows Defender, Windows Security Center and Windows Firewall. Remember that it is important keep your system up to date for security reasons, however, if for privacy reasons or for any other reason you want to disable Windows Updates and the other Windows security services, this little tool is all that you need. This program works fine on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 (32\64-bit).





Program Key Features

Completely Disable or Enable Automatic Updates on Windows
Disable or Enable Windows Defender, Security Center, Windows Firewall
Ask to Reboot the PC After the Changes have Been Applied
Run it Directly from the USB with the Portable Version
Works on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 (32\64-bit)

Download http://www.site2unblock.com/download/win-updates-disabler-setup.exe

Portable Version http://www.site2unblock.com/download/win-updates-disabler-portable.zip


 

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i have 3 updates that i didnt bother to update that date back to sept 2008. is there way to delete them?

Answer:How can i delete or hide previous updates to windows

Yup..You can uninstall them.
*Go to add/remove program(type appwiz.cpl in startmenu and hit enter)
*Click on the link View installed updates
*Now, you can right click on any update and select Uninstall option to remove the update.

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why does my acer windows7 say failure configuring reverting changes do not turn off computer . i cant do any thing with at all just stuck there

Answer:why is my acer windows7 saying Windows updates reverting chs

What were you doing when this message appeared?How long has it been saying this?What likely happened was Windows 7 attempted and failed updating itself, and is now trying to go back to it's last known good configuration. If you truly believe that the computer is stuck, it may be necessary to force it to shut down. If you don't believe you are qualified to make that call, I would suggest contacting Acer or a local computer store. To shut it down, all you have to do is hold the power button for about 5 seconds. First, try booting into safe mode:http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...From there, I suggest running various things such as SFC and CHKDSK:http://www.w7forums.com/threads/how...http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929833Then, reboot and use the Last Known Good Configuration:http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...If you are unable to boot in either of these modes, you will have to boot from your Windows 7 installation disc (contact Acer if you never received one). It should have some various disk checking utilities, hopefully these will fix your problems. If all else fails, you may have to boot from a Linux Live CD, recover what files you can, and reinstall Windows 7. Of course, if you regularly back up your computer, you can just restore it using that...User Info Page Biography for full specs.

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Dear Microsoft Community
Is there any way to prevent Windows 7 to Download Windows Updates over a metered connection (like SIM Card, etc)?
In Windows 10 its easy, i can just set a specific Adapter as Metered Connection, but what is the solution in Windows 7?
Kind regards,
Eiven

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

How to temporarily prevent a Windows or driver update from reinstalling in Windows 10

"In Windows 10, your device is always kept up to date with the latest features and fixes. Updates and drivers are installed automatically, with no need to select which updates are needed or not needed. In rare cases, a specific driver or update might temporarily cause issues with your device, and in this case you will need a way to prevent the problematic driver or update from reinstalling automatically the next time Windows Updates are installed."

This tool can be used on Windows 10 and Windows 10 Insider Preview.
 

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SUPPORT.MICROSOFT.COM - How to temporarily prevent a Windows or driver update from reinstalling in Windows 10

Symptoms:

"In Windows 10, your device is always kept up to date with the latest features and fixes. Updates and drivers are installed automatically, with no need to select which updates are needed or not needed. In rare cases, a specific driver or update might temporarily cause issues with your device, and in this case you will need a way to prevent the problematic driver or update from reinstalling automatically the next time Windows Updates are installed."​
(SOURCE) HOWTOGEEK.COM - How to Uninstall and Block Updates and Drivers on Windows 10

"Microsoft doesn?t provide a way to block updates from within Windows 10, but it does provide a downloadable tool to do this. This effectively allows you to ?hide? updates like you could on Windows 7.

If you want to temporarily prevent Windows from automatically downloading and installing any updates, you can do it without using the above tool to block updates. Just set your current Internet connection as ?metered? and Windows won?t download updates while connected to it ? at least until you tell Windows the connection isn?t metered anymore."

HOWTOGEEK.COM - CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING
 

Answer:Show or Hide Updates for Windows 10 (Troubleshooter Tool)

Huracan said:





SUPPORT.MICROSOFT.COM - How to temporarily prevent a Windows or driver update from reinstalling in Windows 10
If you want to temporarily prevent Windows from automatically downloading and installing any updates, you can do it without using the above tool to block updates. Just set your current Internet connection as ?metered? and Windows won?t download updates while connected to it ? at least until you tell Windows the connection isn?t metered anymore."

HOWTOGEEK.COM - CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READINGClick to expand...

How can one set the current connection as "metered"? I couldn't find the option.
 

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Found this link from an user on another forum. Some may find it useful.

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

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Upon closing down Windows XP pro I get repeated requests to update KB982524 and KB982168. Microsoft states that these are optional updates and so can be 'hidden' but does not describe HOW TO

Answer:Hide optional updates on Windows Update list

From the Windows XP Update site click the + to show the details of the update. At the end of the description there will be another tick box. Do not show this update again. Click it and you will never see it again. You do have the option ro restore hidden updates at a later date if you so desire.Stuart

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I'm running Win 10 Pro 64bit AE and I manually install nVidia graphic driver updates as soon as they are available as I am an avid gamer. However, since February, every time I try to run nVidia's driver install program, it has abended. I end up having to go into safe mode, run Display Driver Uninstaller and then go back to normal load to install the new driver. nVidia says that during a normal install (not safe mode) the nVidia files get corrupted. Well, this is a pain doing it this way since I never had an issue before.

Perusing the Windows update files I noticed that Windows keeps trying to install a nVidia driver from December 2016. No wonder I'm having problems. This is the issue that must be corrupting the nVidia files.

Anyway, how can I specify to Windows Update to NEVER try to install graphic driver updates? I've look everywhere but can't seem to find anything.

Thanks.

Answer:How to prevent Windows installing video driver updates automatically?

Couple ideas here depending on which version of W10 you are running. I have Ultimate and used the Group Policy Editor method successfully: Take Back Control Over Driver Updates in Windows 10

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Is there a way to hide drive letters or otherwise prevent users from disconnecting maped network drives?

I have a network drive mapped to Z:/ and have applications relying on reading and writing data from this server location. I'm looking to either prevent users from disconnecting this mapped drive, or make the drive letter hidden everywhere in XP.
Thanks,
Mike
 

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I just disabled the service "Connected user experiences and telemetry" to restrict the data fed back to Microsoft. Has anyone noticed any problems in disabling this service?

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I installed Windows 7 on a Vista laptop using a manufacturer disk.

After that it installed few updates, including SP1. Latest one was the update client (an older one, the kb ending in 810 I think) and searching for updates would take forever. So I installed the new client (ending in 812) and it found almost 200 updates.

Now I am starting to install these one by one, some of them I also hide.

I install one update, restart, Win7 starts searching for updates.
I hide one update, Win7 starts searching for updates.

Is this normal? Why does it start searching by itself after I install or hide an update?

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I've never had any major problems with Win7 before and last year I installed some of the KB updates that turned out to be Win10 gubbins -mainly cos they were all labelled as 'Win7 updates'. Yeh, I wasn't being vigilant enough at the time, but then with no Win7 problems before, I had no problems with M$.

I always boot up my laptop offline -mainly cos I have stuff to do on the computer first and then I'll go online afterwards. I have a USB mobile internet dongle for my laptop -not a fixed line -and the wifi is turned off. Following an install of some of these updates, the next time I booted up, I got the usual opening screen (Dell logo + F2 Set Up/F12 Boot Options), then the screen goes black . . . and then nothing - the screen stayed black. Normally it then goes to 'Starting Windows' yada yada, log-in screen appears, sign in, off we go . . .

So after nothing, I tried again . . . and nothing. F2 = BIOS, change the settings . . . and nothing. Tried all sorts of BIOS settings . . . and nothing. F8 = advanced . . . nothing. Couldn't reach the log-in screen, no sign of 'Starting Windows'. After about half an hour - various BIOS settings making no difference at all - I made a cup of tea and thought 'Well that's that then . . .'

The previous weeks had been 'GWX! GWX! You want Win10! Yes you do!' but my approach was to leave it a bit -wait until after the initial fanfare had died down, any early bugs fixed, and check out the feedback after a few months of people using Win10 proper... Read more

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I'm given 2 options, upgrade now or schedule for later. How do I stop it from installing windows 10? It doesn't allow me to reject it. screenshot attached below.

Answer:How to prevent upgrade to windows 10?

Hi,

Try reading this: How to stay on Windows 7 & 8 forever - How-To - PC Advisor

Using the program GWX Control Panel (mentioned in the article) it's quite easy.

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Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:is there a way to prevent windows 10 upgrade and k...

I know there is a registry setting you can turn off but I just have one machne set to manual update and uncheck the Win 10 update every time.

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"When Windows 10 arrives this week, Windows Update won't include that option, but Microsoft does have a well-hidden troubleshooter package, KB3073930, which allows you to hide or block Windows Updates and, crucially, driver updates.

The package was digitally signed on June 15, and the accompanying Knowledge Base article is dated July 7, just a few weeks ago. The package is labeled for use with the Windows 10 Insider Preview, but based on its performance on the final (10240) preview build, it looks like it should work with the final release beginning July 29."
Microsoft releases tool to hide or block unwanted Windows 10 updates | ZDNet

Answer:Microsoft releases tool to hide or block unwanted Windows 10 updates

Victek said:

"When Windows 10 arrives this week, Windows Update won't include that option, but Microsoft does have a well-hidden troubleshooter package, KB3073930, which allows you to hide or block Windows Updates and, crucially, driver updates.

The package was digitally signed on June 15, and the accompanying Knowledge Base article is dated July 7, just a few weeks ago. The package is labeled for use with the Windows 10 Insider Preview, but based on its performance on the final (10240) preview build, it looks like it should work with the final release beginning July 29."
Microsoft releases tool to hide or block unwanted Windows 10 updates | ZDNet



Another page about it, doesn't appear to me as if an update can be blocked before having a problem with it. With all the issues that get posted in forums one could know which ones to block beforehand then block it/them, probably would make life a bit easier.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3073930

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This should make a lot of people happy. http://www.zdnet.com/article/micros...-unwanted-windows-10-updates/#ftag=YHFb1d24ec
Microsoft Tool > https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3073930
 

Answer:Microsoft releases tool to hide or block unwanted Windows 10 updates

It's a start....

....might as well block every update and wait a few days to see if there's any reported issues.
 

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I support a large community of seniors. Typically I have them running Automatic Updates, because they don't want to do their own maintenance. The most common complaint they come in with is there computers are really slow. It usually turns out that they have 30 to 40 updates pending on Windows 7. Like the rest of the population many have abandoned the PC for a tablet, for most of their computing because its faster and easier and they don't have to dink around with weekly updates and reboots.

I'm really worried about the changes coming early next year with Windows 10 becoming an automatic update. I think most of them could get along with Windows 10, except the amount of internet usage required. Most of my user's are getting by with Comcast's budget service of 3MBs. If they are so slow with Windows 7 security updates, what is their internet going to be like with Windows 10 still receiving such huge updates every week.

Anyway, I'm looking for the easiest way to prevent Windows 7 from downgrading to Windows 10 if automatic updates are left on.

Answer:Prevent Automatic Upgrade to Windows 10

Hello Vicky,

You can use the tutorial below to disable the "Upgrade to Windows 10" update.

Upgrade to Windows 10 Update - Enable or Disable in Windows 7 or 8.1

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I support a large community of seniors. Typically I have them running Automatic Updates, because they don't want to do their own maintenance. The most common complaint they come in with is there computers are really slow. It usually turns out that they have 30 to 40 updates pending on Windows 7. Like the rest of the population many have abandoned the PC for a tablet, for most of their computing because its faster and easier and they don't have to dink around with weekly updates and reboots.

I'm really worried about the changes coming early next year with Windows 10 becoming an automatic update. I think most of them could get along with Windows 10, except the amount of internet usage required. Most of my user's are getting by with Comcast's budget service of 3MBs. If they are so slow with Windows 7 security updates, what is their internet going to be like with Windows 10 still receiving such huge updates every week.

Anyway, I'm looking for the easiest way to prevent Windows 7 from downgrading to Windows 10 if automatic updates are left on.

Answer:Prevent Automatic Upgrade to Windows 10

Hello Vicky,

You can use the tutorial below to disable the "Upgrade to Windows 10" update.

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...s-7-8-1-a.html

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I do not want to upgrade my Windows 7 to Windows 10.

I am providing a link to a program called GWX Control Panel which helps rid you of the update process.
The author gives plenty of information on this page (worth reading) and there is a download link to the right.
You just need to download the portable version and run it. No Install required.

Ultimate Outsider: Using GWX Control Panel (formerly GWX Stopper) to Permanently Remove the 'Get Windows 10' Icon

This will also help in the future if Microsoft changes tactics and tries to upgrade against your will.
Well worth running after each patch Tuesday to make sure nothing has changed.

Good luck

Edit. The program is signed by the author and checksums are provided to verify the download.

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Simple question about an issue that has been troubling me for a while now. Is there a way to prevent windows 8 from displaying those "upgrade to 8.1 now" prompts(the ones which only have, "do it now" and "bug me later" as options)  and also prevent it ever automatically making such an "upgrade". Judging by the threads on here that 8.1 "upgrade" causes numerous crashes, compatibility issues, failures and such. I spent rather a long time struggling to get certain programs (as in proper exe file programs, not silly apps) to run on windows 8 and don't want to do that again, nor do i want to "upgrade" to the microsoft account rather than my local account, which windows 8 seems to require. is there a method of stopping it? as i have discussed in a previous post, i don't seem to have gpedit.msc on my system nor do i have a certain registry thread which i was have heard can stop these prompts(naturally if i had found that thread i wouldn't have dared to touch it yet anyway).
thanks

Answer:prevent the windows 8.1 "upgrade" and the prompts for it?

Try http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/37808-update-windows-8-1-store-prompt-enable-disable.html
 
I can't swear the solutions work but they're from a credible site.

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Please i need help.i know you all know better than me,so please help get me through this.I have windows xp home edition and i want to upgrade to windows7.I have allready ran microsoft windows compatible diagnostics and i got something that says i need to upgrade my graphics card.What graphics card should i use?.

Answer:upgrade from windows xp to windows7

For the time being I would not worry about the graphics card. The worst that can happen is that you lose some of the Windows 7 glass functions. But that would probably not bother you.

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The recent GWX.exe program from Microsoft is forcing an upgrade for Windows 7/8/8.1 users. I have used the fix found in thehackernews.com (below) but it seems it did not work and when Windows 7 booted the Windows 10 upgrade symbol was still there. I blocked all concerned via Avast Premier firewall (see images below) but it still started after every boot. I had to use NVR EXE Radar to blacklist it/block it so it will not run at start-up.

This laptop has only Avast Premier and Malwarebytes Free as security. Just added NVT to it just to block that GWX program at the moment.

Is there anything that I can do? I intend to just use Avast Premier / MBAM Free on this laptop as there are no annoyances for the family when the setup is like this.



This method is applicable for both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users and specifically targets the Windows 10 download files.

Install KB3065987 (for Windows 7) or KB3065988 (for Windows 8.1) updates from Microsoft's official website, depending on the operating system you are using

Now restart your computer and open up the registry editor (search Regedit)

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

Right-click "Windows", and Select New, then Key and then Type "WindowsUpdate"

Click on the newly created "WindowsUpdate" key and create a 32-bit DWORD called "DisableOSUpgrade" with a value of 1.

Restart your computer. That's it.Click to expand...



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Answer:Prevent GWX.exe Windows 10 upgrade from showing up every start-up.

You can remove the Windows 10 Update notification by removing the files that generate i.e. GWX and GWXTriggers.
These are located in the C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Microsoft\Windows\Setup folder, delete them and reboot your PC.
 

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Has anyone tried to upgrade Dell Optiplex 990 from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10?   I'm having problems upgrading and could use some advice.  
Thanks

Answer:Optiplex 990 upgrade from Windows7 to Windows 10

Best advice is not to upgrade. Windows 10 can be installed on almost any computer but it doesn't run well on all of them especially older models with windows 7. It can make computers fail. Since you never upgraded to windows 8.1 on that computer, you shouldn't install windows 10 now. Wait until you replace your computer to get windows 10. Check the Dell list for models that can be updated. The 990 is not on it. Heed the warning. 
www.dell.com/.../SLN297954

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Hi I have an ACER ASPIRE 5536G laptop.I would like to upgrade OS from Windows Vista to Windows7 Do you think i will have any issues?I've run the Windows 7 Upgade advisor and they say it should be fine. 

Answer:upgrade from windows vista to windows7 for acer as...

Do it! no issues at all and it's also supported by Acer:http://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/support-product/1088;-;Aspire%205536G

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Hi, I bought Windows 7 back in August, I noticed I wasn't using all of my RAM but recently its showing on some games. I want to get Windows 7 32bit to Windows 7 64 bit. I've looked on the Internet and it just comes up with "No, you have to do A fresh install". I originally upgraded from Windows XP 32bit and I remember saying that I had to use a custom installation or somthing, and it created a folder called 'windows.old'. Would that folder be created again if I was to go ahead with this fresh installation? Thanks.
 

Answer:I want to upgrade Windows7 32bit to Windows 7 64bit

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Hey, just trying to figure How do to remove the Windows X (Ten) Upgrade offer from Windows7? I have a few clients that are happy with Windows 7, yet Microsoft seems to be almost "Forcing" Ten on them/us.. I was wondering if there's anyway to respectfully decline, and remove the borderline annoying ten upgrade from Windows update, and anywhere else,? Thanks in Advance!
 

Answer:How do I remove the Windows X (Ten) Upgrade offer from Windows7

There can't be more than a dozen threads about this on these forums. See How To Remove Windows 10 Upgrade Notice for one.
 

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There's a portable tool called GWX Stopper that allows you to do this.

You can read about it here.

Note: Click the down arrow next to "Read More" so you can view the entire article.

An image of what it looks like is at the bottom of the page.

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Question 1:
I own a windows 7 retail disc copy which i can use to reinstall and activate on a fresh new pc,migrating my license to that new pc. But if I free upgrade to windows 10 on my old PC running windows 7 once, then will I be able to migrate Windows 10 onto a new PC by installing Windows 7 using retail disc and then again upgrade to windows 10 on that new PC? Or is Windows 10 upgrade once installed, not transferable, even if I own a transferable retail copy of Windows 7?
Question 2:
If transferring Windows 10 using Windows 7 retail copy is possible, then is it mandatory that I must migrate within the free upgrade offer period to new PC? Or once if I used a Windows 7 copy to make the upgrade on a PC, the Windows 10 license gets attached to the base Windows 7 license and I could migrate the Windows 10 copy to a new PC at any time(and not just the upgrade offer period)?

Answer:How to Migrate Windows 10 upgrade to new PC with Windows7 Retail disc?

It is not legal to use the same Windows 7 license on two different PCs, period.

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Hey Guys,

I am currently running Windows 7 RC, and am going to be getting the retail when it is out.

I was wondering if i can just get the "upgrade" software or the full install software.

Thanks!
 

Answer:Windows7 RC to Windows Retail: Upgrade or Full install?

Always, always, ALWAYS do a clean install.
 

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I have a windows 7 computer that I need to keep at windows 7 as I support others using this OS. I registered for the W10 upgrade, and when it became available I gave permission, as I'd had concerns from clients that they could not opt out.
I discovered that once you start the process its imposisble to stop it!
In control panel Windows updates I'm now seeing "
Here is what I have tried:
run net stop wuauserv
then closed the wuaudit process in task manager, and only then would it let me kill the update dialog.
However it keeps coming back, - even after I've done a system restore to a week earlier.
Uninstall KB3035583
Run the Disk Clean up tool and select the Clean up system files after the initial scan. Select the Temporary installation files for deletion. Once they are removed reboot your system and then check for Windows Updates once again.
deleted "C:WindowsSoftwareDistributionDownload" and $Windows.~BT
Eventually I had to turn off the PC - and when I restarted the "upgrade " began - and stalled at 100%. Then again at 35%.
Then it tried to revert - and failed. I was left with a bricked PC.
So I booted from the repair disc - and none of the repair options worked.
In BIOS I discovered my SSD C drive had disappeared!
Finally the machine restarted again while I was away, and its working on W7 again - but the Windows update is still showing as ready in control panel - and when I restsrt It will all happen again.
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Hi,

At my organization we are migrating to Exchange/Outlook. Mail archives will be migrated to PST files and stored in the client computers.

We're looking for a way to disable/prevent the PST password protection so users won't be able to set a password. Is this possible? Is it applyable through a group policy?

I've checked the ADM settings but no luck.

Thanks in advance!
 

Answer:Prevent/Disable PST Password

I don't think there is a way to do this, although I've never even run into the question before. I can say this, in that my extensive experience with Outlook and working with PSTs, I've only seen a user password protect a PST once or twice in thousands of users. I have seen some companies that have the ability to work with PSTs at all disabled, though I couldn't tell you how to do that.
 

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Hi,
Excuse me if my english is not so good.
In Windows 10 Pro x64 i can`t disable the updates, as i did without problems in Windows 7/8.1
In control panel/settings/updates/advanced options i chose notify on shedule restart and defer upgrades and still Windows do updates after restart.
The only two options are notify to shedule restart and automatic. I have no option to disable updates.
How to set, where to click to do not Windows updates?
 

Answer:Can`t disable updates on Windows 10

You cannot disable updates on windows 10 home versions

There are some work-arounds available on the web, however, because there are quite a few bugs still in Windows 10 - a lot of the updates are important
 

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Hi,
Excuse me if my english is not so good.
In Windows 10 Pro x64 i can`t disable the updates, as i did without problems in Windows 7/8.1
In control panel/settings/updates/advanced options i chose notify on shedule restart and defer upgrades and still Windows do updates after restart.
The only two options are notify to shedule restart and automatic. I have no option to disable updates.
How to set, where to click to do not Windows updates?
 

Answer:Can't disable updates on Windows 10

You cannot disable updates on windows 10 home versions

There are some work-arounds available on the web, however, because there are quite a few bugs still in Windows 10 - a lot of the updates are important
 

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right now its corrupting my Internet, provider Verizon, told everyone with issues with there Internet on XP must call XP.. (which i dont feel like dealing with) So i am asking u guys, how i disable my updates and turn them on whenever i feel like?
 

Answer:How do i Disable Windows Updates?

You can disable the Automatic Updates and BITS services.
 

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Is there a way to disable windows updates. I keep getting a pop up that says windows updates are availabe for download and it is SP2 and I dont want to download that.
 

Answer:Disable Windows Updates

Try right clicking my computer and selecting properties. Then go to automatic updates and click turn off or disable.

HTH,
 

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How to disable Windows Updates in Windows 10? I have problem with Xbox One Controller after new Update.

Answer:Disable Windows Updates

Check this tutorial out:
Windows Update Automatic Updates - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

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How to disable Windows Updates in Windows 10? I have problem with Xbox One Controller after new Update.

Answer:Disable Windows Updates

Check this tutorial out:
Windows Update Automatic Updates - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

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Yesterday I worked for hours on a final paper for grad school. I left my computer on overnight and while at work. This evening, when I started it back up, it had a pulsing blue screen telling me it had done an update but, not to worry, all of my files have been saved. They were not. Everything I had done for the past 24+ hours is gone on my document and I am starting with a skeleton of notes that I had two days ago. (Yes, I hit save before I went to bed, but the file was open. There were no recovery files and I have now checked the box asking Word 2007 to create a draft for me going forward.)
I want to be forewarned before updates in the future. This loss of work and even of browser tabs that I had open in doing my research is beyond frustrating. Online searches have not rendered me a way to just be warned before an update to be able to plan or schedule accordingly. Please offer some advice if you have any!

Answer:Can I disable Windows 10 updates?

Hi, while I don't know how to do it, it is possible to disable the Windows Update service. This is something I am contemplating doing myself since I've got two devices stuck on Windows 8.1 home and I don't want forced updates on 10.

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I'v e been asked to implement a database in a warehouse with multiple users.  All I am giving them is a mouse, screen and PC.  They will have no keyboard.  All is working fine.The PC will be permanently logged on so work on one sign-on.Because the user account has access to a network drive I want them to not be able to physically access it (but need the access  for the database).  My question then is how can I disable (or permamently hide) the taskbar and start button when this user logs in.Also is it possible to disable the right mouse button over the desktop?Ideally, I'd like all this to be done when the PC is logged and a batch file is run to do this action, however all suggestions would be gratefully received.

Answer:Hide or disable taskbar

So I'm guessing you want the users to access/modify the database only and not see or access the other files on the network drive? Is this why you are wanting to hide the taskbar and start button? My computer also?Registry hack maybe?? try http://www.pctools.com/guides/registry/id/42/

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Can anyone tell me how to diable auto update in windows xp?
thx...rob
 

Answer:Windows xp disable auto updates.

Go to Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Services. Double click on "Automatic Updates" choose "Disabled" from the drop-down list next to "Startup Type." Click on "OK" and that should do it.

If you also want to stop the service immediately without rebooting, also click on the "Stop" button while you're there.

You might want to visit Black Viper's site for a list of XP's services and recommendations as to which are unneeded and can safely be turned off.
 

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Twice in the past week windows 10 has forced a restart of my PC and then after an hour or more and several restarts the screen goes black with the little dots going round and round. Nothing works. both times I turned it off and after 30 or 40 min. the message comes on that my system is being restored to it's previous version. and somehow my PC is up and running again. How can I prevent this from happening again? Help please!

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I have an Asus T100 tablet running Win 8.1 and had been having problems with windows updates. I was having so many failures that I have now done a complete re-install. This has gone well but, during the install and doing the miriad of windows updates, the windows defender updates continually failed. To ovecome these failures, I had to go into defender and do the updates from there (which then cleared the defender updates from windows update).

I have now installed Norton Security and Windows Defender has been disabled. However, whenever I do a windows update, defender updates are still coming though as important updates which windows then tries, and fails, to install.

Are there any settings that can prevent windows updates checking for defender updates when defender is not being used?

Answer:How can you disable windows defender updates

you can uncheck the updates you don't need and hide them, so when you search for updates they don't show up. Also se the updates from automatic to manual

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Hello,
When I'm at home, my Internet speed is very, very slow.
So when Windows 10 download automatically its updates, I cannot use Internet as well as I would like.
I would like to postpone this automatic downloading of Windows 10 updates.
Can you help me ?
Thanks.
 

Answer:Is it possible to disable automatic Windows 10 updates ?

Hi,

Please try the following methods:

Method 1

Open the Run command (Win + R), in it type: services.msc and press enter
From the Services list which appears find the Windows Update service and open it
In ?Startup Type? (under the ?General? tab) change it to ?Disabled?

Restart
Method 2

Open the Run command (Win + R), in it type: regedit and press enter
Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
In there create a ?32-bit DWORD? value called ?AuOptions? and under ?Value Data? type 2 and click ?OK?
Open the Settings app (Win + I) and navigate to -> Update and Security -> Windows Updates. Click ?Check for updates? which applies the new configuration setting
Restart
I hope it helps.

Regards,
Kardo
 

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Hi there, I have an Acer Aspire 5741 which has a number keypad. It also has a Num Lock key that I am constantly hitting by mistake and turning off my keypad (while going for the Del, Home, or Backspace keys, all of which are smaller than the NumLock key. Go figure). Is there a way to disable the NumLock key but not disable the keypad, or have the keypad permanently 'on' regardless of hitting the NumLock key? Cheers.

Answer:Disable NumLock key to prevent accidental turn off

Not 100% sure it will work in 7 but there is software you can install that will do it for you.

Set or Unset NUM LOCK in Windows Freeware

EDIT: Never mind. Decided to try it myself and it won't run. I'll play around with it a bit and look for more options as well.

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I have a Lenovo Y50 with Win 8.1 x64 pro, and have two questions:1.  How do I disable the trackpad (synaptics)--or failing that disable it when a mouse is attached?2.  How do I prevent numlock from switching (on accidental press of the numlock key)? Thank you.

Answer:How to disable trackpad on Y50; how to prevent numlock switch

--So is it impossible to disable the mousepad on Y50? Thanks.

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My question is how do you remove, not hide, notification icons in the notification area? I'm not talking about the icons that you can remove in the properties menu either, like action center. I am talking about icons like the safely remove icon. It gives you the option of show or hide but not disable. I am a neat freak and I like to get rid of the hidden icons all together. I found out how to do it before but I don't remember. It was a system file you have to run but its not regedit. The one I am talking about lets you delete the icon permanantly. Anyone know how to do this?

Answer:Disable, not HIDE, notification icons.

Brink has an excellent tutorial on this -=> Here

Welcome to the Forums!!

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How to disable Geolocation - hide IP address - a daring topic for you here ..
* No Geolocation [Fred de Vries nice blog] : http://no-geolocation.blogspot.com/

Quote:
'Geolocation is the identification of your actual geographic location in the real world using information that your computer or cell phone/mobile phone sometimes unknowingly supplies.
The reason for this practise is - as it always is - money. Because there's money to be made if a company knows what your surfing habits are and how they can couple that knowledge to the place where you live or are at that precise moment in time. These companies can use targeted advertising to offer you free stuff or rebates in a shop near you.

The problem is that your (sense of) privacy is being compromised. You may never have given permission to use your address (or somewhere really close) to any unknown online advertising agency. Geolocation can also be misused by certain types of malware. ..' - Read this illuminating article and get your conclusions.

Fred de Vries get the advices for disable Geolocation 'feature' in:
Apple Safari
Comodo Dragon
Facebook
Flock
Google Chrome
Google GMail
Google Toolbar
Mozilla Firefox
Mozilla Thunderbird (Windows)
Mozilla Thunderbird (Linux)
Opera
Pale Moon
Twitter
.. then Opt-Out of Apple's Geolocation Aware Ads
and: Opt-Out of Yahoo!'s Ad Interest Manager
Read also Extra article: How to Disable Geolocation/GPS in Specific Phones (link at your right on th... Read more

Answer:How to disable Geolocation - hide IP address

RE: How to disable Geolocation

* How to Disable Geolocation in Opera, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer: by Brighthub.com: http://www.brighthub.com/internet/securi...07985.aspx
Done, thanks
 

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How to disable Delete option in Windows7?

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for example disable C$ or D$ and other drives for always.

Answer:I want to disable default share in windows7

w7 disable default sharehttp://moourl.com/g8pf6

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How can I prevent a PC from automatically rebooting after the Windows Updates have completed?

I know when I am using the computer, I can click the "Restart Later" box that comes up at the most inopportune times, but when I have the PC "locked", it still reboots in the middle of the night.

I have a server that does NOT do this, but a couple XP boxes that do. Is there a reghack that can be done to make the updates on the XP boxes act the same as a server?
 

Answer:Disable automatic reboot after Windows Updates?

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