Block Windows 10 Updates And Notifications With This Tool

Block Windows 10 Updates And Notifications With This Tool
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Microsoft doesn’t give you much of choice when it comes to installing Windows 10 updates, even when it can be incredibly disruptive. Fortunately, there’s now a way to block updates, permanently or temporarily, using a new tool called “StopUpdates10”.

Created by “Alex Nightwatcher”, the app makes changes to the registry to not only stop Windows updates and “forced upgrades”, but to squelch update notifications as well.

Image: Alex Nightwatcher

The tool’s not very complicated to use: fire it up, click “Stop Windows Updates!” and you’re done. The tweak is reversible, so when you do want to update, you can still do so.

You can even streamline activation / deactivation via the command line:

StopUpdates10.exe /disable
StopUpdates10.exe /restore

The first switch disables updates, while the second turns them back on.

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    • Most people would also like to not be forced to update at inconvenient times, or nagged to death, or accidently say yes to a reboot after updates.

      Just a little bit of control required.

      • Not to forget there is a history of upgrades bricking devices. Last one that got me was one for Win10 that rendered all text invisible. It was due to a weird clash between an AV update and a windows update that happened at the same time. Had to uninstall the AV to get visible text back.

        I’d much rather wait a few weeks to see if people start reporting problems with the update, especially when it’s a major update.

    • You cant do that in 10.

      I’ve had some Local Policy settings in effect since 10 came out, which has blocked 90% of automatic updates, but i can still update manually when i want to, considering i always leave the computer running over night, with unsaved changes (yeah i know, but im forgetful) and 60 chrome tabs open.

      The last thing i want is it rebooting. If MS wasn’t so anal about it, i would be fine with updates downloading and installing automatically, but let me reboot when im ready.

      • What do you mean one can’t do that in Windows 10?

        That is what I’ve been doing since its release back before any of its Anniversary and Creator’s Updates.

        While Local Policy is an option, I’ve never had to go to that extreme.

        I just did the following:
        1. Open Computer Management (as an Administrator)
        2. Expanded the Services node on the left.
        3. Pulled up the properties of Windows Update.
        4. Used Stop and selected “Disabled” in the drop down.

        If that option is gone, it must have happened in the last week or so as it was still there when I turned it back on (and later off again) when I ran updates last week.

        • Interestingly I had disabled the service on a Win 10 server of mine, and it mysteriously re-enabled a few weeks ago and installed a bunch of updates before restarting itself!

  • Oh you mean disable the service, i cant believe i didn’t think of that , “Computer Management” threw me off.

    So to automate it you can do

    sc config “wuauserv” start=disabled
    sc stop “wuauserv”

    sc config “wuauserv” start=demand
    sc start “wuauserv”

    put that in some batch files one can run as admin

    or even
    sc config “wuauserv” start=demand
    sc start “wuauserv”
    sc config “wuauserv” start=disabled

    as a run once to toggle it on until reboot

    • Oh you mean disable the service, i cant believe i didn’t think of that , “Computer Management” threw me off.

      Sorry about that. I’ve done it so often it’s become as natural as breathing of late so I keep forgetting the steps in between.

      But thanks for the command line version. Definitely gonna turn that into a script to save me some time, 🙂

      • No worries, we all have our own things (mine is ctrl insert, shift insert to copy paste, instead of ctrl c and ctrl v – its just an automatic muscle memory)

        No worries, also to save you the hassle of right clicking you can also set the shortcut to the bat file to run as admin
        In shortcut properties
        On shortcut tab, click Advanced
        Check “Run as administrator”

        Then you just have to accept the UAC prompt (which you can do with tab tab enter if you are lazy like me).

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