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Windows Update has changed Windows Update: Everything You Need to Know Windows Update: Everything You Need to Know Is Windows Update enabled on your PC? Windows Update protects you from security vulnerabilities by keeping Windows, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Office up-to-date with the latest security patches and bug fixes. Read More significantly in Windows 10. Gone are the days when users could block security patches and driver updates. Microsoft has simplified and automated the Windows Update process at the expense of transparency.

We show you how Windows Update works now and how you can still customize it to your needs and preferences.

What’s the Deal with Windows Update?

In Windows 10, updates are mandatory and more automatized than in previous Windows versions. Some Windows 10 editions include the option to defer upgrades for a limited time. Security updates however are excluded from this option; everyone receives them automatically.

Meanwhile, Windows 10 Home users have to deal with all updates and upgrades being downloaded and installed in the background, often combined with a scheduled reboot. Security patches, new features, and settings changes are force-fed alike, some bordering on bloat and adware How to Ban Windows 10 Ads & NSFW Content from Your Desktop How to Ban Windows 10 Ads & NSFW Content from Your Desktop Windows 10 may be crossing a line with desktop ads and NSFW content. Microsoft and third-party developers can push promotional material directly onto your desktop. We show you how you can defend yourself. Read More . The only time when updates won’t auto-download is when the device is on a metered connection.

In many ways, Windows Update is now easier to use and safer Pros & Cons of Forced Updates in Windows 10 Pros & Cons of Forced Updates in Windows 10 Updates will change in Windows 10. Right now you can pick and choose. Windows 10, however, will force updates onto you. It has advantages, like improved security, but it can also go wrong. What's more... Read More for the average person. Unless a user is willing and able to use advanced tools, they won’t miss another security update 3 Reasons Why You Should Be Running The Latest Windows Security Patches & Updates 3 Reasons Why You Should Be Running The Latest Windows Security Patches & Updates The code that makes up the Windows operating system contains security loop holes, errors, incompatibilities, or outdated software elements. In short, Windows isn't perfect, we all know that. Security patches and updates fix the vulnerabilities... Read More . From the safety perspective, automated updates are a blessing for this digital age riddled with malware and the never ceasing presence of Windows XP Why Windows XP Won't Be Going Away Anytime Soon Why Windows XP Won't Be Going Away Anytime Soon People cannot let go of Windows XP. In businesses and homes the world over, it will stick around. We spoke with three Windows XP users from different generations and backgrounds to find out why. Read More . On the other hand, users are at the mercy of Microsoft, a company not exactly known for never messing up Why Microsoft Sucks - Again (Opinion) Why Microsoft Sucks - Again (Opinion) In 2011 I wrote an op-ed piece (for a different website…!) about how I felt that Microsoft had moved away from being the many-tentacled corporate beast with no interest in providing a solid, working operating... Read More .

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The Windows Update Basics

Windows Update can work entirely in the background. It will only require your attention when it’s time to reboot. With the right settings, however, you won’t even notice that anymore.

Check on Updates

To review your Windows Update settings, head to Settings (Windows key + I) > Update & Security > Windows Update. Click Check for updates to see which updates are currently available.

Windows 10 Windows Update

You might come to this screen and see updates waiting to be installed. That’s because Windows regularly checks for updates in the background.

Customize Automatic & Scheduled Restart

Under Advanced options you can customize how updates are installed. We prefer the setting Notify to schedule restart, rather than the recommended Automatic setting. With the Automatic setting enabled, Windows will pick a time when you don’t use your computer to reboot.

Windows 10 Advanced Windows Update Options

Manually Start and Schedule Updates

When you manually trigger the installation of an update (from Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update), you can either let Windows schedule a restart during a time you usually don’t use your device or select a restart time yourself. You can schedule the reboot up to 6 days in the future. Of course you can also click Restart now to be done with it immediately.

Windows 10 Windows Update Restart

Note that even if you manually schedule a restart time, Windows won’t force reboot when it turns out you’re busy using your computer at the selected time. It will offer to delay the restart by what it estimates to be the best time.

Windows 10 Scheduled Restart

How to Defer Upgrades & Updates

The option to Defer upgrades is available in some Windows 10 editions, including Pro, Education, and Enterprise. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced options to see whether you have it; by default the option is disabled. By checking Defer upgrades, feature upgrades like the Windows 10 Fall Update An Insider Review of the Windows 10 Fall Update An Insider Review of the Windows 10 Fall Update The Windows 10 Fall Update contains many minor improvements, a few feature updates, and a bunch of new settings. We show you what to expect and which default settings you might want to adjust. Read More are delayed for 4 – 12 months, depending on other settings.

All Windows 10 editions should feature the option to Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows. When selected, you will receive updates for Microsoft applications, such as Microsoft Office or Edge.

Windows 10 Advanced Options

The Settings app only features a simplified version of the options available to you. If you would like to specify for how long an upgrade should be deferred, you’ll have to work with the Group Policy Editor and use a new setting introduced with the November Upgrade.

Open the Start Menu and type gpedit.msc, then select Edit group policy from the list. Inside the Local Group Policy Editor, browse to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update and double-click the Defer Upgrades and Updates entry. Note that you can even delay updates for up to four weeks.

Defer Upgrades and Updates

You will see that using the Group Policy Editor, you can defer upgrades for a maximum of eight months. According to Microsoft representative Hammoudi Samir, this is in addition to the four months upgrades are deferred when the option in the Settings app is selected.

Interestingly, you can temporarily Pause Upgrades and Updates until the next monthly update rolls around. This feature is useful in case an upgrade has caused issues and had to be removed.

Uninstall Updates

While you cannot prevent certain updates from being installed, it’s still possible to remove them manually.

Uninstall Updates via the Control Panel

Head to Settings > Updates & Security > Windows Update > Advanced options > View your update history and choose the option Uninstall updates, which will open a Control Panel window Unlock Windows Potential: Control Panel Demystified Unlock Windows Potential: Control Panel Demystified If you want to be the master of your Windows experience, the Control Panel is where it's at. We untangle the complexity of this power tool. Read More . Alternatively, right-click the Start button, select Control Panel, and go to Programs > View installed updates.

You will only see the most recently installed updates. Select the one you would like to remove and click Uninstall in the menu on top.

Windows 10 Uninstall Updates

Show or Hide Driver Updates Troubleshooter

In addition to replacing updated drivers via the Device Manager How to Find & Replace Outdated Windows Drivers How to Find & Replace Outdated Windows Drivers Your drivers might be outdated and need updating, but how are you to know? First, don't fix it if it ain't broke! If drivers do need updating, though, here are your options. Read More or uninstalling recent updates via the Control Panel, Microsoft has also released a troubleshooter that allows you to hide driver updates and thus prevent Windows from reinstalling them until a revised version becomes available.

Download the troubleshooter wushowhide.diagcab from Microsoft; it’s a standalone application, no installation required. From the initial screen click Next.

Windows 10 Show or Hide Updates

The troubleshooter will now detect problems and look for driver updates installed on your system. On the following screen, you can either choose to Hide updates or Show hidden updates.

Windows 10 Hide Updates

Click Hide updates, select the offending update/s, and click Next to resolve the issue.

Windows 10 Hide Updates List

To restore an update, select Show hidden updates from the respective screen, select the hidden update, and click Next.

Windows 10 Show Hidden Updates

The troubleshooter will do its magic and you should finally see a confirmation that problems were resolved.

Windows 10 Hide Updates Troubleshooter

Windows Update Network Settings

In Windows 10, Windows Update offers easy to manage network-related settings that you should examine to avoid exceeding your bandwidth limit or incurring extra charges on a mobile data plan.

Set Windows Update Delivery Optimization (WUDO)

Windows 10 can receive updates from other PCs in your network or on the Internet, which preserves Microsoft server capacity. This option could potentially be abused to introduce altered updates. When limiting WUDO to devices within your local network, however, it can conserve your Internet bandwidth.

To toggle WUDO, head to Settings > Updates & Security > Windows Update > Advanced options > Choose how updates are delivered. When turned On, you can switch between PCs on my local network or PCs on my local network, and PCs on the Internet.

Windows 10 Update Delivery

Set Up Metered Connections

On Windows 10, Windows Update won’t run if you’re on a metered connection. To ensure Windows won’t waste your limited bandwidth, open Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi, connect to the metered connection, maybe a Wi-Fi hotspot you’re tethering from your mobile Tethering: How To Use Mobile Internet On Your PC Tethering: How To Use Mobile Internet On Your PC Want to share your phone's data connection with your computer? Here's exactly how to do it, how fast you can expect it to be, and how it will affect your battery life. Read More , then click Advanced options, and toggle Set as metered connection to On.

Windows 10 Metered Connection

Now Windows 10 won’t download updates while you’re connected to this network.

Enable System Restore

Uninstalling and hiding troublesome updates may not be sufficient. If you can’t risk being surprised by a faulty update, we strongly recommend enabling System Restore. In case an update didn’t go so smoothly, you will be able to simply roll back to when everything was OK.

Go to Start, type restore, and select Create a restore point. An old-fashioned System Properties window will launch. In the System Protection tab, select your system drive, and click Configure… In the new window, select Turn on system protection, define the Max Usage space you can dedicate, and click OK to save your changes.

Windows 10 System Restore

Back in the previous window, you can now manually Create… your first restore point. New restore points will be created whenever changes are made to your system, which includes the installation of security updates and feature upgrades.

Ready to Update?

For control freaks, Windows Update is a nightmare. For everyone else, it’s a case of “out of sight, out of mind”. Designed to operate in the background, Windows Update automatically keeps your system safe and running smoothly.

What is your impression of Windows Update in Windows 10 so far? Have you had any issues or are you satisfied with how little it interferes with your work? Which controls are you missing? Please let us know your experience and opinion in the comments!

  1. Col Payne
    November 29, 2016 at 5:13 am

    I hate this automatic update malarky that microsoft has introduced. I like to manually check for updates and install them manually at a time of my choosing. I really like the way updates are handled in linux, which I use a lot, and wish Windows 10 had something similar.

  2. Phyllis
    November 17, 2016 at 12:56 am

    This article has shed some light as to why I cannot find Check for Updates and Update Now for Windows 10. When applications slow down and things are just not as responsive as usual, it is most likely an update is due. That's what I like about being able to check for updates myself. Auto update whilst is good can take ages. I was waiting for the 4 downloads while I was reading this article and as I'm typing this comment, downloading is still at 0%. Meanwhile, everything just slows down significantly. I guess its time for another update to change the update settings.

    • Tina Sieber
      November 17, 2016 at 10:27 am

      Auto-updating sure is frustrating.

      I was complaining about slow internet to my ISP the other day, only to realize that it might have been Windows Update downloading a huge update that made my internet connection to slow down to a crawl. The moment the update was ready to install, internet speed was fine.

      This could have been a coincidence of course; I'll look into network traffic next time.

  3. Anne Gothard
    November 16, 2016 at 1:37 am

    "Have you had any issues or are you satisfied with how little it interferes with your work?" Are you kidding me? It's forcing a reboot in the middle of my very limited evening computer time! F*CK YOU MICROSOFT!!!! I'm going back to the Mac.

    • Tina Sieber
      November 16, 2016 at 10:04 am

      Anne, note that you can set active hours in Windows 10. Press Windows key + I, go to Update & security, and find the option under Update settings. Make sure your evening hours are set as your active hours and Windows Update shouldn't bother you during those times. Good luck!

  4. Joe
    November 15, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Do not like the "automatic" windows update, primarily because there is no way to force an update. I have 6 PCs, all Windows 10. Some get "stuck" on certain security updates and never install them. Even if I move from wireless to ethernet connection. It is not clear whether these are necessary updates, nor is there a way to bypass them. I know that "MS knows best" but it would be nice if they were to explain.

    • Tina Sieber
      November 15, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Windows Update remains frustrating.

      Microsoft does release summaries each month of updates released on Patch Tuesday. That won't help with stuck updates, but at least you have an idea of what you're getting.

  5. dachief
    November 5, 2016 at 9:10 am

    So much angst against the boys in Redmond. It's all about money. So many forget that, not too long ago, updates were pushed out monthly, on a Tuesday (except for critical, security updates). So, MS had huge server farms to deliver those updates to 1B+ installations. Now, they push updates out when they have bandwidth and, in effect, reduce the operating costs of those farms.

    Can it be done better? Of course it could. Can they return control of updates back to the clients? Yes, they could. I have no sympathy for MS and its global removal of this control. But, instead of venting at Redmond, blame the hackers who purposely develop new exploits and force all those patches to be released. And, the exploits are not focused solely on Redmond.

    As for switching to unix, with what do you replace MS Office? Open Office, Google docs? Both are pale imitations of Office. Of course you can add in a bridge to run Office on unix but then you're back to updating the Office suite with security patches. What about legacy apps that only run on windows? What about 95% of the windows users who have no clue about the actual programs that run when they click on an icon? How do you replace that core, basic interface on unix? If it was that simple to do, most businesses in the world would have already switched over.

    It appears that few of you are aware that businesses (at least anyone running Server 2008 and above) DO have control over the update cycle. They have full control over which updates are applied and when those updates are pushed out to their user base.

    In closing, the current update process is not optimized for small fry. You have 3 choices:
    - control what you can in windows 10
    - go back to windows 7
    - go to another o/s altogether.

    • Tina Sieber
      November 7, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Thank you for your input!

      Security updates are still pushed out on Patch Tuesday; at least that's when they are downloaded. The difference is that now users can't control which updates are downloaded and installed. Even on Windows 7 updates are now delivered in bulk and users can no longer exclude individual patches.

      It's true that businesses retain control over updates and may depend on Windows for Microsoft Office and legacy applications. This isn't true for home users or all professional users. For most of them, alternative Office suites and other software alternatives, as well as mainstream distributions of Linux are more than sufficient.

      Because it's good enough, entire governments and government branches have switched to Linux:

      The United States Department of Defense uses Linux - "the U.S. Army is “the” single largest install base for Red Hat Linux"[30] and the US Navy nuclear submarine fleet runs on Linux,[31] including their sonar systems.[32]

      Source: Wikipedia's list of Linux adopters.

      Look, I'm the Windows editor around here. I have no interested in our readers departing to Linux in droves. I make part of my living based on people having issues with Windows. But I'm realistic enough to know that people could switch without major issues. In fact, I think anyone concerned about privacy who needs to upgrade their old Windows 7 computer, should probably choose Linux rather than Windows 10 for their new computer.

  6. Michael Key
    November 3, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Not being able to reboot without updating is stupid and painful. I want to update when and if I choose. I've been looking at spinning dots for an hour now. This is a complete waste of my time. Productively is at a stand still. I'm posting from my phone. I'd love for android to develop a desktop OS so I can dump windows.

    • Tina Sieber
      November 4, 2016 at 10:47 am

      The Windows 10 default is to "Update and shut down" or "Update and restart". But if you go to Start Menu > Power, you'll see several options with and without installing updates. Choose Restart, if you want to reboot without updates or Shut down if you want to shut down without updating.

    • Tina Sieber
      November 4, 2016 at 10:55 am

      By the way, Google is developing a desktop OS and you can already buy Android 2-in-1 devices or a Chromebook. You'll be surprised, how much you can do offline with a Chromebook. You could also try an Android-based OS, though it's not exactly market-ready, yet. Finally, why not try Linux; Android is based on the Linux kernel anyway.

      • TheVest
        November 14, 2016 at 7:50 am

        Well, if you're at the point where you're recommending in-development operating systems (like Google's desktop OS), why not give ReactOS a try?

        • Tina Sieber
          November 14, 2016 at 10:28 am

          Sure, why not. I'd always recommend dual booting a new OS before fully switching to it (if possible at all), but other than that I'm all for trying stuff out. This will bring many folks back to Windows, while others will be happy they made a leap.

  7. Jackie
    October 30, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    An automatic Windows update ( Update for Windows 10 version 1607 for x64 based systems KB3199986) was done on my computer 2 days ago, and ever since, my computer has been SO slow you'd think I had "dial-up" service!! You detailed how to uninstall an update - which I followed - however, it wouldn't allow it - the "uninstall" wouldn't appear when I checked this particular update....what gives???

    • Tina Sieber
      November 2, 2016 at 8:34 am

      That sucks. On Windows 10, most updates are mandatory and hence can't be removed. You could try to go back to a Restore Point, in case you enabled System Restore (it's disabled by default). Or you could try to go back to an earlier build or reset your PC (Settings > Update & security > Recovery). I would try a reset with keeping personal files in tact, but you will lose installed programs. Good luck!

  8. Frank F
    October 29, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Perhaps I am one of those "Control Freaks", but I really think the inability to easily inhibit Automatic Reboots is totally unacceptable!

    • Tina Sieber
      October 30, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Yeah, I hate coming back to my laptop, which was supposed to hibernate in order to preserve my session, and finding that Windows Update rebooted it during non-active hours. The only workaround I have found is to unplug the power cord; it seems that Windows Update only runs on A/C power.

      • Frank F
        October 30, 2016 at 5:30 pm

        That's interesting. Terrible to hear that it even sabotages Hibernate mode. I wonder what would happen if I just turned off Wifi ("AirPlane Mode on") on my laptop (and with no wired internet), since some have commented on how Windows Update needs the internet to work. But then it would just figure if stupid Win 10 was to automatically turn Wifi back on (so as to do the update), and then reboot.

  9. Dan
    October 29, 2016 at 1:35 am

    I like Windows 10 except for one problem. I live in an area where I have only 2 options for internet service; slow or expensive. When it starts updating on the slow, it I can't do anything else and the connection times out before the update is finished. On the fast it eats up data very quickly. Either way I can't do anything with it until the update is finished and installed. On previous versions I could choose when to update and how many updates I downloaded at one time without timing out my connection. I hope Windows 10 will have this option soon!

    • Tina Sieber
      October 30, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Windows 10 was designed with unlimited broadband internet in mind. The limitations you describe were of no concern to the developers. It's hugely frustrating for Windows users in rural areas or wherever bandwidth is limited.

  10. Max Williams
    October 22, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Microsoft has finally pushed me to the edge with the Win 10 update regime, followed by the changes of the Anniversary update and the loss of several group policy settings. I am looking at ways to get the results I want in Windows despite Microsoft - but I am more interested in changing all our office computers to Android PC. With so much of our work on the 'net or in the cloud, I don't need MS apps - so out with Windows. I don't need to be bullied, and I do not respond well to it. Good Bye Redmond!

    • Tina Sieber
      October 23, 2016 at 10:35 am

      How will you change your office computers to Android, Max? Will you buy new hardware or install the OS on existing hardware?

      • Max Williams
        November 7, 2016 at 1:16 am

        Sorry for slow reply. Various Android OS for x86 machines are already workable. We use two Corel programs and an Excel application that are the only legacy items holding us back on to Windows. In the next few weeks we will break free from Excel - at last. If Crossover doesn't allow us to use the Corel programs (Wordperfect and Corel Draw), we'll have to drop those too.

        Everything else we use is browser based or multi-platform. Job Done!

        Same hardware - just no more windows update hassles - like another one of our machines (Win 8.1 upgraded to Win 10) has just died in a Win 10 update. This is a rubbish situation to have to face - almost weekly.

        • Tina Sieber
          November 7, 2016 at 9:43 am

          Thank you for sharing, Max!

          CrossOver is an application that allows Windows applications to run on Android.

          What are you replacing Excel with?
          And what potential replacements do you have in mind for Corel?

          Your first comment was posted fine by the way, so I removed the duplicate second one.

  11. navder
    October 20, 2016 at 10:59 am

    User should have the option to select which updates he wants to install and which he wants to keep pending for a later date. Secondly it should show percentage updated for each item and not total updated percentage for all items selected. If a user has selected a time for insatll and download he should have the option to change it to immediate update and install without any issue. the screen should be available to change the settings whenever he wants.

    Thanks.

    • Tina Sieber
      October 23, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Yeah, there's lots of room for improvement with Windows Update. Thank you for your thoughts, Navder!

  12. Jack Mortimer
    October 15, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    One of my computers got the Oct 11 update OK. The other, my main wouldn't you know, is stuck in perpetual circle of dots. Left it overnight with no improvement. Power cycle did not help this time. I was able to regress to an earlier set point but the next reboot resumed the circle of dots screen. When I regress again, is there a way to un-download the newest patch?

    • Tina Sieber
      October 16, 2016 at 10:35 am

      Jack, is this on Windows 10?

      Have you tried to go back to an earlier build (Settings > Update & security > Recovery)?

      Maybe something went wrong with the update files. Stop the Windows Update service, clear all the Windows Update downloads / cache (C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download), then let it download and update again.

      If that still doesn't fix it, temporarily block Windows Update until you find a solution. At least you'll be able to use your computer, but vulnerabilities won't be patched.

      Good luck and do let us know in case you find a solution!

    • Tina Sieber
      October 16, 2016 at 10:57 am

      This articles features some more tips and tricks to fix Windows Update in Windows 10: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/windows-update-stuck/

  13. BkAngel
    October 13, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Here is the new reply:
    Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs all updates that apply to your system, including driver updates. The troubleshooter lists all driver updates installed on your system. You don't have to worry about installing those "available" updates because they're already installed. They are "available" for your hiding.

    Driver updates can be very delicate, hence Microsoft is providing a way to block or hide them. In other words, you can use the Troubleshooter to remove those driver updates, install your own drivers, and see whether that fixes the issue you experienced.
    Tina Sieber —— 2016-10-13 09:45:05
    Visit: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/manage-windows-update-windows-10/#comment-1745346
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Thanks SO much! But it appears that my "Service registration is missing or corrupt"?
    I think Microsoft is actually what's corrupt. What a waste of money. =(

  14. BkAngel
    October 13, 2016 at 4:07 am

    See how the troubleshooter shows a bunch more updates that it says are available? Why don't those updates ever get downloaded/ installed. I blocked/ hid the one I wanted to block/ hide, but I don't know how to get the ones I did not choose to block/ hide to download/ install. It does not give me those updates when I check for updates, or when it downloads my updates.
    Does anyone know how I can get those to download?

    • Tina Sieber
      October 13, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs all updates that apply to your system, including driver updates. The troubleshooter lists all driver updates installed on your system. You don't have to worry about installing those "available" updates because they're already installed. They are "available" for your hiding.

      Driver updates can be very delicate, hence Microsoft is providing a way to block or hide them. In other words, you can use the Troubleshooter to remove those driver updates, install your own drivers, and see whether that fixes the issue you experienced.

      • BkAngel
        October 16, 2016 at 4:42 pm

        Thanks a ton! I feel much better, now! =)

  15. tony
    October 9, 2016 at 10:54 am

    1) There is a way to totally block Win 10 updates - if I disclose it here who knows how those propeller heads -who have no idea about intelligent systems design- will react.
    2) Win 10 Updates can be selectively obtained and run individually via manual control - again no disclosure of the method will e done here.
    3) As far as Tina Sieber is concerned - what kind of 'scientist' talks about 'automized'? From a real scientist to an alchemist----the word is 'automated' dear. The degradation of Western Civilisation never ceases to amaze me.
    T. N.

    • Tina Sieber
      October 13, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Thanks for your passionate input, Tony.

      Just to be very scientific, I wrote automatized. It may be used less frequently, but it's a proper word.

      Yep, it's a mad word.

  16. ron
    October 8, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    windows updates kill my network and pc performance, tablets lock up and find it is an update that is killing it. especially the surface tablet.
    also the updates seem to reset all the settings I have had to alter to get my applications and web access working so have to reset all again to get them working . have not found any method to update from an already updated pc and guess if anything is happening it is killing my network updating other peoples pc's
    - network just died trying to update defender while reading this!

    • Tina Sieber
      October 11, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Supposedly, if you enable sharing of updates on your local network, you can save some bandwidth. Go to Settings (Windows key + I) > Update & security > Advanced options > Choose how updates are delivered (or just search for the latter), enable the feature and make sure it's limited to PCs on your local network.

      Good luck!

  17. MH
    September 24, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Does anyone know any way to get back the old update mode that let me choose what and when to install updates, or do i have to edit the WU binaries to get this back?

    • Tina Sieber
      September 27, 2016 at 10:56 am

      You can no longer choose what to update and your impact on when to update is severely limited. If you do end up finding a workaround, I'd be interested in hearing about it!

  18. Kay
    September 15, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    I would like the feature of being able to see the updates and then be able to individually apply them if want. Recent Microsoft update to Office 2016 completely disabled the product. what's up with that?

    • Tina Sieber
      September 27, 2016 at 10:55 am

      They are streamlining their updates to ensure everyone runs on the latest version faster. It simplifies support and it's potentially more secure (in theory).

  19. DullRazr
    September 12, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    I, like many other posters have a 10 Gb data cap and multiple devices on my network - a single update can chew up the entire data cap. I simply refuse to upgrade to Windows 10 until Microsoft gives me the ability to schedule downloads during off-hours that aren't capped. Even now, with Win 7 & 8 I had to block any device on my network from connecting to a windows update site during prime hours using a rule on my router. (even though you can schedule the start of a maintenance period, it can still trigger a download outside the scheduled time!)
    Microsoft needs to fix this - otherwise when they stop supporting windows 7, I'll have to turn to Linux.

    • Tina Sieber
      September 16, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      I totally agree. Not only can you not predict when updates will be downloaded, with Microsoft releasing major Windows updates once or twice a year, some updates are also huge.

  20. JOHN
    August 24, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    how can I stop Windows 10 updating automatically? I only have 10Gb/month and when If Windows uses my data allowance I may have to stop using the internet for the last few days of the month THIS MONTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 25, 2016 at 9:48 am

      I hear your frustration, John! This is the reason we hate Windows Update. Microsoft developers have a very elitist view of the world - as if everyone had an unlimited broadband internet connection. I wish.

      I have written another article on how to temporarily disable Windows Update in Windows 10. This should help you block updates in the future, at least temporarily. Good luck!

    • BkAngel
      October 16, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      If you change your settings to say you have a 'metered connection', the updates will not happen automatically. Or if you have a higher than Home Premium Win 10 product, you can 'defer' your updates. =)

  21. annony
    August 17, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Removing peoples ability to choose what goes on their computers isn't just bad...it is beyond disgusting. It makes me sick that the computer industry has degenerated into this...well...facism...no...I am not exagerating. power when outside forces can force changes to your propery after you own it like this it is facism. If they simply left the option to choose updates and or download them as executables I would have no concerns.
    We are talking about a private company, not even your elected government, deciding what is best for you and NOT giving you the option to examine the options before hand. If the government tried this sort of crap people would be outraged.
    I thought maybe I was being a tad paranoid with the whole cortana thing...but now...with this anything I do to disable cortana...or fix any other Microsoft bullshit can just be undone in the next update. Unless, of course, I choose not to get updates at all.
    Microsoft wants people to pay money for this sort of treatment? If this was an honest attempt to benefit the users there would be an option to do things the old way with warnings.
    Sheesh...Linux is free and it treats its "customers" with more respecf than this.
    Maybe I am making a big deal out of notning, but I seriosly cannot think of any other place in society where this would be allowed.
    They may know better than I do...but so does my doctor, but he still requeres my consent and provides me with the option to inform myself before any procedure.
    Giving me the option to control what is on my own computer with the OS I paid for is not asking to much is it?

    Sorry for rambling and the bad writting. Just tired of all this.
    (I used to love computers)

    • Tina Sieber
      August 17, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      Microsoft sure knows how to stir up some emotions with its products.

      Have you switched to Linux?

    • alya
      October 9, 2016 at 9:41 am

      I 100% agree with you.

      I doubt if ever Microsoft even be bothered to answer us to even to say "Yayyy you got it you dumbos ...you are all poppets and we have got to fill our pockets out of idiots like you. What makes you think you have a say in it since you are all using our products!!!..."

      SO lets give support to the other options

  22. Maruf Azad Mridul
    August 16, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    thank you so much
    it;s very very usefu

  23. Dudi
    July 28, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Very useful. TNX!

  24. Barack Obama
    April 29, 2016 at 1:33 am

    If you don't want any of the hassles associated with the auto-winupdates in Windows 10 (they do suck, middle of the night restarts especially), then just disable the windows update service and they will not get downloaded or installed.

    When I want to update my machine every so often, I start the service, then go to Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update and click the 'Update Now' button. When it's finished, disable the service again...

    • Tina Sieber
      April 30, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      Good advice, if you do remember to run Windows Update.

    • Mars
      June 27, 2016 at 10:59 am

      How do we achieve this, Mr. Obama, sir? ("this" being ... "completely disable windows update service" ... FYI: I have 3 machines with Win 10 Home and 1 machine with Win 10 Pro. Procedure details for Home machines would be much appreciated.)

      • Ryan
        July 16, 2016 at 8:45 pm

        You open the run console (win+r) and type in "services.msc" and hit enter. Find Windows Update in the list, right-click, properties, and change "start-up type" to "disabled". Then hit ok, and right-click the service again, hit stop, and its gone! Same process for home and pro.

  25. Gene A Fisher
    April 13, 2016 at 2:02 am

    The computer runs as slow as can be when it is downloading updates, especially if there has been a week or more since the last update. I can scarcely use the computer when it is downloading and installing updates. I don't want to use the bit torrent option (i.e., taking data from other computers). I would rather have windows take its time with the downloads and updates, working in the background, so that I can use it.

    Linux does its updates usually in small packages and restarts are infrequent. Also, Linux notifies you when an update is ready. My work is rarely interrupted or slowed down when I am using Linux. Why can't windows have an update system like Linux has?

    I like both Windows 10 and Linux Mint. I alternate them from week to week.

    Gene Fisher, fisher@soc.umass.edu

  26. Eric MacDonald
    March 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    I like to have hands-on control of updates. I like to be able to update at my convenience, and don't like it running in the background. Microsoft is becoming more instrusive day by day, and it should stop. The good thing about Windows always used to be a measure of user autonomy. Now this is being taken away. I prefer Windows 7, and may actually go back to it. Windows 10 has not added any functionality over Windows 7 that I think worthwhile. It has installed a bunch of programs for which I have no use, and I would uninstall all of them if I could. I don't want apps as a feature of Windows. But the update hassle is the biggest one I have encountered. I want the option to search for updates, choose the ones I want, and hide the rest. Windows 10 is a backwards step so far as Windows is concerned. I have reinstalled Windows 7 on my laptop, and will probably do the same for my desktop machine as well. I see no advantage whatever in having Windows 10.

  27. Fran G
    March 26, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    When I go to the page update & security, search for updates is already opened. I can not cliclk on any of the other settings and it also does not search for updates. It is like it is locked up or something. What is the problem and how do I fix it?
    Fran G

  28. Carla
    March 15, 2016 at 6:06 am

    So here's my case:
    I have 2 desktop PCs and 2 laptops on a single home network, each a member of the same homegroup. To save up bandwidth, I try to completely update one desktop PC and when everything seems fine on that one (no bluescreen, etc.), I start updating the other 3. I have the "Get updates from and send updates to PCs on my local network" option enabled on all 4.

    The problem is, the other 3 don't seem to use the updates initially downloaded by the first desktop PC. I inferred this by monitoring the update speed of the other 3 PCs over the previous weeks. I understand that each have different drivers that may account for this, but based on the update list (mostly software not related to drivers) I think the other 3 should quickly update if the "update via local network" is working properly.

    Any ideas how to fix this? Thanks in advance for replies.

    • Tina Sieber
      March 17, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      Carla, unfortunately I can't help you here. Microsoft hasn't given users access to advanced controls regarding the delivery of updates. It sounds like you have done everything right and the updates are still not being shared among the devices on the same network.

      The only thing I can think of is that the devices are not seen as being on the same network. Could this be the case? I'd post this question on a Microsoft forum or through the Windows 10 Feedback app. You're probably not the only one with this issue and maybe they need to fix something. Do let them know!

  29. Lyn
    March 14, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    The last time windows 10 did an update I lost all my settings, couldn't get into my emails, my internet settings were all gone, nothing that I had on my computer was there anymore! I did a restore system toget it all back and do NOT want any more updates! How can I stop this happening, or at least stop loosing all my settings?

    • Tina Sieber
      March 17, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      Lyn, that's really frustrating and it shouldn't happen. What kind of update was that?

      You can upgrade to the Professional version, so that you can defer updates for a while (and in the meantime bugs might get resolved).

      You could also set your Internet connection to a metered connection and exclude the download of updates over a metered connection, but this would mean that you'd never patch any security vulnerabilities and this will come to haunt you sooner or later.

      Of course you might also be able to downgrade to Windows 7 or 8 and block updates, if they still mess with your device, but we do NOT recommend blocking updates!

      In any case, you should always have backups of everything. Windows 10 allows you to sync many of your settings.

  30. Steven St Clair
    February 26, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Windows remains a joke. The "updates" have led to Wi-Fi issues (presumably related to the need to install new drivers after the updates) in 2 Dell computers (returned) and now a MSI computer (realizing we just have to live with it). Absurd - we are required to get updates we don't want, then have to figure out what drivers need to be updated - and do this on the random schedule imposed by Microsoft. It's 2016 - in 30 years, Microsoft hasn't solved the most basic issues with their OS.

    • Tina Sieber
      February 26, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Wow, you've had real bad luck with Windows 10 on your devices! Sorry to hear that.

      By the way, you can control driver updates in Windows 10 and install the drivers that work best.

  31. James Sindoni
    February 3, 2016 at 6:11 am

    It now appears obvious that you have removed our ability to get to the Windows Update page on Windows 10 so that we can do our own "check for updates" or other functions. The least you can do is adjust the info on this page and many others that offer the same misleading and incorrect information. It also would be appropriate to let us know about information like this rather than running us around with this outdated info. Some of us out here have some intelligence too.

    • Tina Sieber
      February 3, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Windows 10 has a Feedback app where you can post your feedback directly to Microsoft.

  32. James Sindoni
    February 3, 2016 at 6:05 am

    I have been trying for over two hours now to get to the page on my computer that I have been to hundreds of times over the years, and that's the page to "check for updates". I have been to at least 8 of your info pages during this time and they all say that I can click on "start" and then "settings" and then I should see "windows update" there and should be able to open it. I have been there since I have installed "10" months ago, several times, and the option in "settings" was there, but now it is no longer even listed as an option, and scouring my computer, I can find no way to view or use this page. What's up with that? I fix computers and in the past and obviously the present as well, your info pages do not directly deal with many issues and also provide false or outdated information. I find this incredible coming from a company that must have many geniuses on the payroll. When will someone address this issue and get the right person in charge of problem solving for us? Your info pages need a giant overhaul. More often than not, they just waste my time, and create a lot of frustration, so much so that I am considering switching to Linux in the near future. Windows 10 is not all that great, it appears it's main purpose is to increase advertising revenue.

    • Tina Sieber
      February 3, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      I'm confused. Are you addressing Microsoft or MakeUseOf?

      This article was published in November 2015 and MakeUseOf is not affiliated with Microsoft. It's entirely possible that things have changed in the meantime.

      If you're still looking for the Settings app in Windows 10, try the keyboard shortcut Windows key + I or press the Start button and find a shortcut to the Settings app between Power and File Explorer.

      From the Settings app start page, go to Update & Security. Is that what you were looking for?

  33. Sterling
    January 29, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    I have Dish Network for internet service. I am metered at 10 GB monthly with an additional 10 GB between the hours of 2 am to 8 am. I have 3 Windows computers. Last month the Window updates depleted my monthly allocation of daytime data. I have set up my computers connect by WI-FI for metered connection and the computer connected to my LAN for deferred updates. I have also set the option to share the updates. However, I need to manually download the updates between the hours of 2 am to 8 am. Is there a way to schedule the update downloads to occur between the hours of 2 am and 8 am? If not, is there freeware out there that will do this?

    • Tina Sieber
      February 2, 2016 at 11:42 am

      Sterling, right now there is no such option built into Windows 10.

      Can you connect your computer to LAN after you shut it down and schedule it to wake up at 2am and shut down again by 8am? This could let it download updates in the morning hours.

  34. bill
    January 28, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Let ME decide when to update. It's MY damn computer!

    • GrandToDo
      March 2, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Yes indeedy - go back to letting users install updates at their convenience - I have had 2 projects completely botched and requiring rebuild cause updates caused such a slowdown in my computer's functionality! I want to download it at MY discretion and NOT have it self-load when I need memory, etc for running program!

  35. Irene
    January 8, 2016 at 10:38 am

    I absolutely HATE automatic updates!!!!

  36. Dennis
    December 19, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    I am completely tired of two things...

    (1) The time it takes to update, even some of the small ones take a long time to download and install/update, and

    (2) Not being able to see the updates that have been installed. I watched the Fall update being installed and then when I went to view the updates that were installed the Fall update that was just installed didn't show up. I went to the Control Panel to view the installed updates and it didn't show up there either! So, I rebooted the computer and went back to the Control Panel and it didn't show up then either! What is going on here? Am I going nuts, or what?

  37. Chich
    December 16, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    how do I force it to update.

    It has three "waiting for download" ALL freaking afternoon. I have to go I need it to be done now.

    • Tina Sieber
      December 17, 2015 at 10:23 am

      Do you see the "waiting for download" message in the Settings app? In that case just shut the machine down and let it download next time.

  38. lisa joy
    December 16, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    I dont have the option to defer.

    • Tina Sieber
      December 17, 2015 at 10:20 am

      I should have clarified that the Home edition of Windows 10 does not have this option.

  39. Angry_at_microsoft
    December 16, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Windows 10 updates are one of the WORST NEW THINGS.... Yeah for people who are NOT GOOD at IT, computers, or English, it's "better". And I hate this. Instead of motivating people to educating themself, learn IT, get better, companies started motivating people to be lazy, making everything automatic like for the dumbest, beer-drinking, in front of TV-sitting idiots...
    What about the people who like to tweak everything, manage their computers and care about privacy? Microsoft decided to "scr*** them".
    Thank you. Thank you for motivating me to start looking for another operating system. Hopefully, soon Microsoft will lose their monopoly, because the company is just getting worse and worse... Reminds me of Office 365....

  40. mike
    December 4, 2015 at 11:49 am

    "For control freaks, Windows Update is a nightmare. For everyone else, it’s a case of “out of sight, out of mind”. I wish !

    I'm afraid not as my Win 8.1 TV stick has tried to update 3 times so far and failed every time with a typical unhelpful error message. Only new major brand hardware of less than 2-3 years vintage appears to upgrade without a problem but even that took 6 hours on my HP Envy notebook. Win 10 update/upgrade is the worst version of Windows ever to install via an update process and even Vista wasn't that bad.

  41. Bob Gest
    December 4, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Are there others who are stuck on Build 10240? I do not know if this has happened because I was an Insider; however, I do know that this is frustrating. Bob Gest

  42. Edgar Wehner
    November 27, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    I am still waiting for 1511 . When do I get it?

    • Bill P
      November 28, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      Mr. Wehner,

      You can download an ISO of Windows 10 complete with the new update. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

      Scroll down to where is says download tool now (blue link). When the tool runs it will ask you to upgrade or download iso file to burn to a dvd.

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