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Old 07-18-2016, 11:18 PM   #1
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Windows 10 Automatic Updates

I just discovered my Win10 installation was configured to automatically download and then prompt me to install updates. When I went looking for a setting to change that, such as in Win7, I couldnt find one.

In the end I had to use the group policy editor to configure a rule that stops automatic downloads of updates. Thank goodness it was there. But its still inadequate. I want to select specific updates to download and install at a time of my choosing and also to hide and stop updates I dont want. I also need to be able to review updates I've hidden and re-instate them if I wish. This was how Win7 worked.

Can someone confirm if this is the only procedure available to us? If so it truly sucks because theres lots of good reasons that we wouldnt want an update to be applied, from a compatibility/stability/relevancy perspective to just simply managing download costs.
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Old 07-19-2016, 10:52 AM   #2
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Re: Windows 10 Automatic Updates

Hi Zap,

Yes, W10 provides much less choice regarding updates than W7. I'm pretty certain that the only choices one has are those provided under Start/Settings/Update&Security/WindowsUpdate/Advanced Settings. But FWIW note that by clicking "View Your Update History" on that page, and then clicking "Uninstall Updates," you can get to the familiar kind of listing of installed updates, at which you can uninstall a selected update. You can also get there by right-clicking the Start icon, and then clicking Control Panel/Uninstall a Program/View Installed Updates.

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Re: Windows 10 Automatic Updates

Thanks Al. This is pretty bad and makes me wonder if M$ even understands their customer. If this was a phone or tablet I'd be ok, but its PC with potentially all kinds of apps and devices installed.

Well I've stopped the auto download. Next thing is to figure out how to manage updates as easily as possible.
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Old 07-19-2016, 06:35 PM   #4
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Re: Windows 10 Automatic Updates

Hi Zap,

I believe that their motivation behind this change is related in some manner to their intention to ultimately transition to "Windows as a service," whereby Windows would be paid for on an annual subscription basis, and updated whenever they please, even to new versions. Presumably and hopefully no such change would be forced upon those who have taken them up on the free upgrade offer, or who subsequently purchase W10 as a product. But we'll see.

In my previous post, btw, as you most likely realize when I cited the ability to uninstall a selected update, since there is apparently no ability to hide that update it would soon afterward probably be re-installed once again.

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