Time to lock down Windows Updates once and for all?

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Time to lock down Windows Updates once and for all?

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Post by technodevotee » Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:19 am

Like others, I haven't had any luck getting any version of WMC to start on Windows 10 after insider build 18958 - there is an issue reported with kernelbase.dll which may possibly be insurmountable.

So I installed 1903 on the last of my PCs a few days ago and used gpedit to delay upgrades for a year in the hope that MS have broken products other than WMC and undo whatever it is before the final release of the next version.

I'm consider something like stopupdates in case that isn't enough.

Anyone have any experience with that?
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Post by StinkyImp » Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:21 pm

technodevotee wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:19 am
I'm consider something like stopupdates in case that isn't enough.
Anyone have any experience with that?
If you're asking about StopUpdates10, I've been using it for well over a year. So far I haven't had any updates and I haven't noticed any degradation of my Win10 system. Everything seems to work perfectly.

I use Windows Defender and it receives definition updates like clockwork. :D

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Post by technodevotee » Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:17 pm

perfect thanks.
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Post by StinkyImp » Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:45 pm

Just a side note... My Win10 machine is a production machine that I don't want any updates messing up. I do not run WMC on it. I have a dedicated Win7 machine for that.

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Post by technodevotee » Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:36 pm

Thanks, installed stopupdates10 on one of my test PCs and it seems to work so far.
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Post by DavidinCT » Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:47 pm

You could always disable the Windows update service... It stops it from updating..
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Post by StinkyImp » Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:42 pm

DavidinCT wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:47 pm
You could always disable the Windows update service... It stops it from updating..
From the StopUpdates10 author:

You think you just need to stop Windows update service and create some special registry keys.

Microsoft prevents disabling Windows updates using several methods:
  • Special scheduled task (USOClient,Windows10Upgrade, UpdateAssistant).
  • Hidden service "WAAS Medic".
At one point I disabled the update service (as you've suggested) and within a month I had to go through an unwanted update. I unpacked the "portable" version of StopUpdates10 in late April 2018 and I haven't had an update since.

EDIT: I just checked and I'm still running version 1709 build 16299 which reached "End of Service" in August 2018.

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Post by SpencerC » Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:27 pm

StinkyImp wrote:
Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:42 pm
DavidinCT wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:47 pm
You could always disable the Windows update service... It stops it from updating..
From the StopUpdates10 author:

You think you just need to stop Windows update service and create some special registry keys.

Microsoft prevents disabling Windows updates using several methods:
  • Special scheduled task (USOClient,Windows10Upgrade, UpdateAssistant).
  • Hidden service "WAAS Medic".
At one point I disabled the update service (as you've suggested) and within a month I had to go through an unwanted update. I unpacked the "portable" version of StopUpdates10 in late April 2018 and I haven't had an update since.

EDIT: I just checked and I'm still running version 1709 build 16299 which reached "End of Service" in August 2018.

Yup disabling the windows update service is not sufficient. I still got updated. peeved me off.

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