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I dont want windows to automatically download and install windows updates. I want to stop that, and manually search and install updates whenever I want to.


"If you enable both the Do not include drivers with Windows Update and Specify search order for device driver source locations options, Windows will not download drivers. It will continue to automatically download and install non-driver Windows updates."


I dont want windows to automatically download and install updates. So if enabling both doesnt stop windows from downloading and installing windows update, how do I stop it then?
Is it the Configure Automatic Updates: Enabled that prevents windows updates from being downloaded and installed automatically?
Edited by wendigo4700 - 4/13/17 at 5:31am
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I dont want windows to automatically download and install windows updates. I want to stop that, and manually search and install updates whenever I want to.

Then you need to enable one additional policy as I mentioned at the end of this post: http://www.overclock.net/t/1626988/windows-10-home-oem-64bit/10#post_26007487

if you wait a moment I'll write a post that will hopefully clarify things.
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Then you need to enable one additional policy as I mentioned at the end of this post: http://www.overclock.net/t/1626988/windows-10-home-oem-64bit/10#post_26007487

if you wait a moment I'll write a post that will hopefully clarify things.

yeah, I made my edit as you posted it seems. smile.gif
Configure Automatic Updates: Enabled
This will stop windows from downloading and installing updates automatically, correct?
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yeah, I made my edit as you posted it seems. smile.gif
Configure Automatic Updates: Enabled
This will stop windows from downloading and installing updates automatically, correct?

Enabled, and set to 2 - Notify for download and auto install.
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Wrote full illustrated instructions (gives me something to refer people to any time this comes up in the future):
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Accurate as of April 2017, "Creators Update" 1703 15063.138.

The "Do not include drivers with Windows Update" policy was introduced in the Anniversary Update, but it was defective and only blocked some updates. With the release of the Creators Update, that issue appears to have been addressed and I believe that the policy can now be relied upon to prevent all drivers from appearing in Windows Update.

Prevent Windows 10 Automatically Downloading and Installing Drivers (from Microsoft servers):

- Requires Windows 10 Pro or above (Home does not have Group Policy Editor, but there may be equivalent registry edits).
- Blocks driver downloads either upon initial connection of the device, or via Windows Update.
- Will not interfere with automatic installation of devices using Windows' generic/locally stored drivers.

1) Type "device installation settings" into Search and press Enter to open the Device Installation Settings menu.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

2) Select No (your device might not work as expected), then click Save Changes.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Note: The above step probably doesn't do anything. Device Installation Settings does not govern drivers (despite web tutorials that claim otherwise), but as the wording suggests, it may govern manufacturers' apps (bloatware), although I've yet to find a specific example of an "app" or anything else that it blocks.

3) Type "gpedit.msc" into Search and press Enter to open the Group Policy Editor.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

4) In the left-hand panel, navigate to: Local Computer Policy/Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Update
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

5) In the right-hand panel, double-click Do not include drivers with Windows Update, select Enabled, then click OK.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

6) In the left-hand panel, navigate to: Local Computer Policy/Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/System/Device Installation
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

7) In the right-hand panel, double-click Specify search order for device driver source locations, select Enabled, select Do not search Windows Update from the drop-down menu, then click OK.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Close the group Group Policy Editor and restart the PC.

To avoid all unwanted drivers, install Windows 10 without an internet connection, and then complete the above before connecting for the first time.

The above steps will prevent the automatic download/installation of drivers (including device manufacturer software/bloatware). Windows updates will be unaffected and continue to install automatically. If you want to disable the automatic download/installation of standard Windows updates, you need to implement one more policy:

Disable Windows 10 Automatic Updates:

1) Open the Group Policy Editor.

2) In the left-hand panel, navigate to: Local Computer Policy/Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Update
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

3) In the right-hand panel, double-click Configure Automatic Updates, select Enabled, select 2 - Notify for download and auto install from the drop-down menu, then click OK.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Now when Windows Update finds new updates, instead of automatically downloading and installing them, it will display a desktop notification (persistent also in the Action Center).
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

You can click on the notification or open Windows Update to view the updates, and manually initiate the installation when it suits you by clicking the Download button.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Be warned that if you leave the updates long enough, Windows will present full-screen takeover notifications reminding you to install them.

Finally, now that you have the chance to review discovered updates in Windows Update before they are installed, it is possible to hide them so that they are never installed*. For this, you will need to download Microsoft's wushowhide tool, available for download at the bottom of this page: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3073930/how-to-temporarily-prevent-a-driver-update-from-reinstalling-in-windows-10

The tool is pretty self-explanatory. Run it, click Next, choose Hide updates, select the updates you want to hide, Next, Close.

IMPORTANT: After hiding an item, it will still be visible on the Windows Update list. You need to wait for the list to refresh before installing the rest of the updates. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any way to manually refresh it, so you just have to wait. To speed up the process you can enable Automatic Update detection frequency in Group Policy Editor and set it to the minimum (1 hour). Once Windows Update has refreshed and the hidden item is no longer visible in the list, you can install the rest of the updates.

*You can't avoid updates forever. I don't know if they will ever be automatically "un-hidden" (I've never seen this happen), but Microsoft has made it clear that if some updates are postponed for long enough, then subsequent updates will eventually be denied to that system.
Edited by Oubadah - 5/10/17 at 4:40am
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Thanks for that very detailed guide. I'll save it in a document, so I can keep it forever. thumb.gif
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