Turning off automatic updates in windows


#1

Is this still impossible? I can’t have my computer suddenly doing an update in the middle of some important work. This is why I’ve been using a mac the last few years. It doesen’t do things I don’t tell it to do :slight_smile:
The active hours feature is useless, I want total control over when something happens on my computer.
I’ve actually had a PC do a big update in the middle of a sound system tuning session - the controller for that spesific system was windows based, so I had to use one of our rental tablets that normally is not connected to the internet. It somehow found and connected to an open wifi and boom, 1 hour of updates, even though I had set the active hours correct.

Any windows geeks have a workaround?


#2

It’s possible to set your “active hours” (Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Change active hours). Windows will not update during these hours.

It’s not a complete workaround, but it does most of the job quite nicely.

Edit: Oops, just saw the “The active hours feature is useless, I want total control…” part of your message. I should really read the whole paragraph before replying… :stuck_out_tongue:


#3

hi
I’m aware of the active hours feature, however If your read my post you would see that I’m looking for a better solution :slight_smile:


#4


Here you go…


#5

The metered connection workaround is interesting, are there any effects that method would have other than stopping updates from downloading?


#6

cool, only works on windows pro, thats fine :slight_smile:
thanks @dibadibadu


#7

another quick and dirty solution:

open command line as admin
type net stop wuauserv
maybe repeat until the service is really closed (look up in task manager).

Write a script and put it to autostart.


#8

If you have Windows 10 Home there’s little you can do. If you have Pro, you can hop into Group Policy and manually configure how your computer receives updates.


#9

It’s absolutely ridiculous how Microsoft thinks this is acceptable behavior. One of my biggest gripes with Windows.