How To Prevent Excessively Frequent Software Updates

While infrequent updates are probably worse (at least when the software is buggy), many applications roll out new updates constantly. This means installing and restarting the app almost every time you open it—if you want the latest version, anyway. Fortunately, you can often find a quick fix.

While many applications will just ask you if you want to be notified of new updates and then set the frequency of checking for updates to something as frequent as daily, you can often change this. Most apps have an "Updates" tab in their preferences/settings that allow you to specify the frequency of the update and allow you to check for updates manually at any point. Evernote is a great example of an app that has a new update virtually every day, but you can avoid being bothered too often by setting the check-for-updates schedule to Weekly or Monthly.

This is something you've probably discovered if you've found this annoying and have looked around for a solution, but it's also something I've seen a lot of people miss. But what about apps that update all the time and don't let you set how often they check? You can always opt to check manually and turn off auto-updating all together, but that's not really a great solution. If you know of any other ways of solving this problem, let us know in the comments.


Comments

    I have no issues with daily updates - but just don't tell us about them. What Chrome does is great: it downloads the update silently, and installs it upon restart. If it's been a long time since you've restarted, you get a little notification icon.

    The worst thing an app can do is check for updates upon startup - and then restart!

    Mentioned this before but install as much as you can via Ninite and keep the installer. Run it yourself every now and again or set it as a scheduled task (run as admin) and it'll update all your apps for you. Brilliant.

    Personally as I know it runs once a week on any PC I've had anything to do with I turn off auto-updates on all the apps it covers just so I don't get those annoying 'download update' popups when I run something - its like going back to the bad old days of nagware if you ask me.

    Oh yes, Filehippo update checker worth having, you have to download and run each update yourself but it's not too bad. I also have Windows update other MS Products behind the scenes too.

    As Steve says, Chrome can be left to auto-update as it's so inobtrusive.

    Mozilla is the worst for this - they seem to update about once every 15 minutes, then launch that annoying add-on updater every time.

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