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

Question: Windows 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

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 (Windows 10 Upgrade preparation)
KB2977759 (Windows 10 Upgrade preparation)
KB2990214 (Windows 10 Upgrade preparation)
KB3021917 (Windows 10 Upgrade preparati0on + Telemetry)
KB3022345 (Telemetry)
KB3035583 (Windows 10 upgrade preparation)
KB3068708 (Telemetry)
KB3075249 (Telemetry)
KB3080149 (Telemetry)

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Preferred Solution: Windows Updates to hide to prevent Windows 10 Upgrade / Disable Telemetry

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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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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 blur... Read more

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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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.

?This u... Read more

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

Exterminator said:


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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
PLEASE - How... Read more

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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 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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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is it possible to disable windows defender and windows update without getting error messages.

Answer:Help to disable windows defender & windows updates

I do not think so.
You may disable Windows Defender real time protection anyway

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hi, is there a way to disable downloading or opt-out of all Windows Defender Updates through Windows Update?

I don't understand why M$ updates Windows Defender multiple times per day and I'd rather update Windows Defender manually. Thanks.

Answer:Disable downloading of all Windows Defender Updates?

You can hide the ddefender updates on windows update and manually update it, refer to this post for knowing how to do that. : https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...dows-10-a.html

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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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Hi, is there a way to disable downloading or opt-out of all Windows Defender Updates through Windows Update?

I don't understand why M$ updates Windows Defender multiple times per day and I'd rather update Windows Defender manually. Thanks.

Answer:Disable downloading of all Windows Defender Updates?

You can hide the ddefender updates on windows update and manually update it, refer to this post for knowing how to do that. : Windows Updates - Hide or Show in Windows 10

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Windows 10 brought us Cortana. Edge. A brand new Start Menu. Oh, and a host of new and extended ways for Microsoft to capture data on your activities.

Fortunately 2015 has also seen the growth of a whole new market for programs to turn these technologies off again, and Windows 10 Spy Disabler is the latest example.
The program is a sub-2MB download which unzips 32 and 64-bit executables. Just double-click the appropriate version for you, or run the 32-bit if you?re unsure.

Launch the program and it displays a list of 20+ "privacy tweaks" you can apply. Some are clearly Windows 10-specific ("Always Send DoNotTrack on IE/ Edge", "Prevent Wifi Sense from connecting to open hotspots"), others are a little more ambiguous ("Disable Telemetry & Data Collection"), and a few are standard privacy tweaks for any recent Windows version ("Disable Recent Files, Folders, Docs, Progs").

If you?re looking for fine control then this probably isn?t the program for you. "Disable Cortana, WebSearch, BingSearch" is a single option, for instance: if you only want to disable one of those, you?re out of luck.

Still, Windows 10 Spy Disabler does a good job of keeping you safe, by offering to create a system restore point before applying any tweaks.

There?s also a bonus "System Tweaks" tab which gives easy access to more general Windows settings: "Show Hidden and System Files", "Disable Windows Rem... Read more

Answer:Shut down Windows 10 telemetry with Windows 10 Spy Disabler

There are so many tools available to stop Windows 10 spying,it would be cool if a list is posted under one thread(and possibly reviews also).
 

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Hi,
 
I was reading a security article on the Emsisoft web site, and in one of the comments at the end of the article, a person made a statement about Windows 10-type telemetry (i.e., Microsoft "spyware") being incorporated in updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Is there any truth to this or is it just a conspiracy theory? If it is true, is there a way to disable it?
 
Thanx.

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I've seen Cliff's posting in Windows 8 forum, about how to avoid telemetry in Windows. After checking my Windows 8.1, there were three of the patches for telemetry/upgrade preparation installed from the list. A quick check on Windows 7 showed six of the patches installed, all marked as "important".

My guess is that Windows 8.1 has some of the telemetry already incorporated in the OS, that would explain why there are "only" three of the telemetry patches.

Some people, including myself, using the telemetry "feature" among other things in Windows 10 for not updating their previous Windows versions. Little did we know that Microsoft had retrofitted Windows 7, and 8.x with the telemetry "feature". That's just awesome... Not!!!

Answer:Telemetry for Windows 7...

Well know for some time
How to remove Windows 10 upgrade updates in Windows 7 and 8

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I tired of all of the in house spying of microsoft. so I made a batch file to disable it.

copy and paste this notepad

sc config wuauserv start= disabled
sc config BITS start= demand
sc stop wuauserv
sc stop BITS

save it as disablewindowsupdates.bat

here is a way to enable it when you want to manually update it

sc config wuauserv start= auto
sc config BITS start= auto
sc config ERSvc start= auto
sc start wuauserv
sc start BITS
sc start ERSvc
start %SystemRoot%\system32\wupdmgr.exe

save it as enableupdates.bat

put them in a safe place

Answer:Batch files to disable autmatic windows updates

Does this achieve something differnt than disabling all windows update features via the local group policy editor? This is cool though I will keep it on my thumb drive for a quick pick me up ;-)

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It's my computer. How do I get access? Cannot left click anything on the panel. I need to turn the updates off.

Answer:Disable Windows 7 Ultimate Updates administrator issues

Click Start button, type gpedit.msc and press enter.


Navigate to Computer Configuration-> Administrative Templates -> Windows Component -> Windows Update. Make sure the state of each setting is "Not Configured".


Navigate to Computer Configuration-> Administrative Templates-> System-> Internet Communication Management-> Internet Communication settings. Make sure the state of “Turn off access to all Windows Update features” is "Not Configured".

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Been toying with the idea of clean installing Vista and finally gave it a go, having first imaged my original set up. First thing noticed, how small the install is, around 10gb. Get on the update merrygoround, 6 hours later and all fully patched up to SP2 and so on. Install size now around 19gb. WHAT !!!! How nice to be told SP1 replaces all that has gone before. Presumably same for SP2. Not run the sevice pack cleanups yet. Disc clean up has been run. The real BIGGY TEST was is it any quicker, booting and so on. Remember this is a clean install, no programs added, just Vista. The answer so far, it's PATHETIC, around 3 mins to fully load, that's actually worse than the 2 year old well used and abused installation and all it's programs etc. So SP2 seems a definite performance reducer to me. My old installation was fully functional in 1 min 20 secs on average before SP2, sidebar as well. So the BIG QUESTION. If you run a good security package/s of your own choosing, how important are all these updates security wise ??? I know of at least one person who refuses to install any Windows updates "because they break things". Opinions on all this welcome.

Answer:Disable Windows updates. Discuss. Install Vista ?

"who refuses to install any Windows updates "because they break things"".Opinion??The words talking, out of and backside spring to mind

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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:Internet Security 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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I've read that various updates to Windows 7 enable telemetry. I'd like to know what level of telemetry this is. According to this Microsoft page, there are 3 options for telemetry in Windows 10: Basic, Enhanced, and Full.

Does anyone know what level of telemetry is enabled in Windows 7 - is it Basic, Enhanced, or Full? If it's Basic, then maybe I can live with that, and not bother trying to uninstall a bunch of updates.

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Hi All,
A new windows patch update (KB4041678 & KB4041681) on our company's PC,  it will disable the export function in SAS Enterprise Guide to export "xls" format file.
Any impact if I uninstall those patch in our company's PC?
Will you release a fix to resolve this issue?
Thanks & regards,
Wayne,

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HI

In Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate 64 bit, how can I disable the automatic updates of the Windows Live Essentials 2011 suite?

THANKS

BYE

Answer:Disable the warning of the updates of the Windows Live Essentials 2011

Lol just update it.

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like i mentioned in the question .......how to turnoff the installation of automatic updates in windows 10 platform ...... in pc..

Answer:How do I disable the automatic updates in Windows 10 platform from main server?

There are several articles about this in our website. Please check them because it all depends on which version you have.
If after reading these articles you still have a question please register and ask but specify your windows 10 version.

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For two whole days i had nothing but trouble trying to download anything or do Windows Updates.
I use Windows 8.1 after reverting back from windows 10 which i hated.
I searched the internet for a solution, seen many,attempted many,but nothing would work.
After hrs and hrs of trying to figure out what the problem was, i tried one thing that might have been the solution. If you have problems downloading anything including Windows Updates, disable Windows SmartScreen. It helped me.
I can now download,and all my updates are downloading and properly being configured.
Just thought i would post this incase it might just help somebody who is having the difficulties that i had.

Answer:Problems downloading anything including Windows Updates? Disable SmartScreen and try

Thank you for the information.
I also had problems a few weeks ago, it took several days to download updates, for W7....

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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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I wanted to upgrade to Windows 10 (free) but thought I might have a virus or malware. Also had 200 failed Windows updates. I am unsure if i should fix these before upgrading to Windows 10, or whether upgrading will effectively 'clean' the OS. If i dont ensure laptop is clean, will the (possible) virus or malware affect the downloading of Windows 10?
In more detail -
Before attempting Windows 10 upgrade, I checked that Windows updates were current and found 200 failed updates. On trying to install these updates it would not install any. My laptop (Lenovo Yoga 2) is fairly new but used infrequently and updates were not set to auto.
At the same time i had some difficulty updating Firefox and running some online scanners. I downloaded and ran Malwarebytes, which found Pup.Optional.WebSearchInfo. I didn't take action on this as i found advice online that suggested performing 4-5 steps in a particular order to remove it.
As I am a novice, i have left things as they are, stopped using the laptop and thought it best to ask for advice. Any help would be much appreciated.

Answer:Possible virus/malware/failed Windows updates - fix b4 upgrade to Windows 10?

to BleepingComputer.Hi there,my name is Jo and I will help you with your computer problems.Please follow these guidelines:Read and follow the instructions in the sequence they are posted.print or copy & save instructions.back up all your private data / music / important files on another (external) drive before using our tools.Do not install / uninstall any applications, unless otherwise instructed.Use only that tools you have been instructed to use.Copy and Paste the log files inside your post, unless otherwise instructed.Ask for clarification, if you have any questions. Stay with this topic til you get the all clean post.My first language is not english. So please do not use slang or idioms. It could be hard for me to read. Thanks for your understanding.*** Download Security Check by screen317 from here or here.Save it to your Desktop.Double click SecurityCheck.exe and follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box.Vista / Windows 7/8 users right-click and select Run As Administrator.A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.*** Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit and save it to your desktop.Be sure to print out and follow the instructions provided on that same page.Caution: This is a beta version so please be sure to read the disclaimer and back up all your data before using.Double click on downloaded file. OK self extracting prompt.MBAR will start. Click in the introduction screen "next"... Read more

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I have just done a reinstall of the OEM Windows XP installation, and it kindly offered to install WGA for me. I declined, as I don't want that spyware on my computer, but when I unchecked it from the update and checked the "don't offer this update anymore" option, I now get a big yellow banner at the top of my Windows Update screen saying;
"IMPORTANT! You've Hidden Important Updates. You've asked us not to show you one or more high-priority updates but your computer might be at risk until they are installed."Is there any way to get this "reminder" hidden?

First of all, it's kind of shady of them to call this an "important update" and claim that WGA has anything to do with my computer being at risk, but secondly, if I've asked to not be shown it anymore, why do they think it's any better to show me a big banner-ad reminding me that I've asked not to be shown it anymore? Jeez!

Thanks for any assistance.

Answer:Any way to hide "you have hidden important updates" WGA nag banner in Windows Update?

Description of Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA)

It's pretty basic. The core of it is, they are a company that sells computer Operating System software and don't want to be ripped off. And to prevent rip-offs from updating beneficial security and other support they provide FREE, they require you run the WGA.

That isn't unreasonable.

Don't like it? Get Linux or whatever.


:)

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I did a search of my hard-drive today looking for files which had been modified today (by searching for datemodified:today), I do this sometimes, anyway, one of the things which came up was a file called Microsoft-Windows-Application-Experience%4Program-Telemetry.evtx . I wondered what this was so took a look at it, it opens a thing in event viewer which then shows within it a list of "information" events (that is events classed as "information" rather than "error"s or "critical" bugs). The "source" for ALL these events is "Application-Experience", their dates and times go right back to when the computer was new. They all have "general" descriptions reading :"Compatibility fix applied to C:\[path of an exe file]Fix information:[program name], {[code of numbers and letters with some dashes separating them]}, 0X{some other number]"The "details" "xml view" then shows some more information including precise times, "event IDs", "threadIDs", the "name" of my computer, a "channel", a "security userID", a "processID", a "fixID", a start time, "flags", the file's path and two microsoft URLs.It doesn't do this for every program but there are a lot for ms office programs, a lot for 7z and there seems to be one for every time I run vlc media player akong with a few relating to avast antivirus. What is this log about, is this just data being collected or is it being sent to microsoft? I am pretty sure that the customer experience improvement program is disabled on this machine, so is this... Read more

Answer:How much telemetry is collected by windows 8.1? something odd I noticed

CEIP has been around for years and only collects data about Microsoft products and some third party apps that connect with Microsoft products.  It has no user identifiable information in it.  You can opt out though it appears the data is still collected just in case you ever opt in.  Since June it seems like several of the updates have enabled privacy settings that were initially not allowed by the user so you need to check any settings you set limiting what Microsoft has access to.
 
It is interesting to note that Microsoft in update KB3080149 included the statement "Reduces the network connections on a Windows system that doesn’t participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP)."
So by not participating you are being 'punished'.
 
There are other updates that add telelmetry to consent.exe and also add additional diagnostic and telemetry data collection.  They say they are just collecting metadata, which is the same data the NSA claims to be collecting.  The question is does using the same term mean the same thing.  Privacy in Windows today is questionable.

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Windows Telemetry Center is a rogue security software which will report that malware has been detected on your computer in an attempt to scare you into buying this malicious software.
In reality, none of the reported issues are real, and are only used to scare you into buying Windows Telemetry Center and stealing your personal financial information.

As part of its self-defense mechanism,Windows Telemetry Center has installed a rootkit on your computer,which will disable the Windows Task Manager and will block you from running any program that could lead to its removal.

Windows Telemetry Center is a scam and you should ignore any alerts that this malicious software might generate.
Under no circumstance should you buy this rogue security software as this could lead to identity theft,and if you have, you should contact your credit card company and dispute the charge stating that the program is a scam and a computer virus.
Removal instructions for Windows Telemetry Center virus​This is a self-help guide, use at your own risk.
If you experience problems completing this guide, or the problem persists after following the instructions below or would like to have one of our staff members guide you through the process, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.
STEP 1 : Start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking

Remove all floppy disks, CDs, and DVDs from your computer, and then restart your computer.

Press and hold the F8 key as your computer re... Read more

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This topic it may have been discussed somewhere in tenforums, if so please redirect me.

I decided to use Windows Defender (WD) and SmartScreen (SS) as AV. I would like to tweak its settings to avoid telemetry as far as it does not reduce the effectiveness of its protections.
Do I need to send cloud telemetry?
I understand that Disabling SS will lower the protection but I read that SS send a lot of things and it is of a privacy concern for many.
Does SS have access to the browsing history and surfing habit of the user? Does it send details of apps, files, TV series and the like the user watch or download?
With the upcoming W10 fall upgrade WD will be greatly enhanced with a number of new features. I suspect more telemetry too.

I'll much appreciate any thought, suggestion and insight how to find a balance between security and privacy.

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