About Windows 10 Forced Updates

2015 was the year of revolution for Windows 10. That being said, 2016 should offer a lot regarding Microsoft’s operating system. Hence the controversial forced updates policy. Though great in theory, the reality of software updates that download and install automatically without your consent is not funny. The Windows 10 software upgrade advanced to recommended status. This means that people with automatic updates will see the new Windows 10 download in the background and later receive an install request over Windows 7 and 8.

This means that Microsoft has succeeded in implementing its plan of pushing Windows 10 adoption among all its users. User machines running Windows 7 and 8 are set to experience automatic updates. The Windows 10 download designation changed from optional to recommended within windows updates. A complete Windows 10 download takes up between 3.5 to 6 GB of storage spaces on the hard drive. This may be too much for users with metered connections or limited internet download allowance.

Once Windows 10 is downloaded automatically, the installation process can start and present you with the option of proceeding with the installation or stopping it. The chances that users will hit the okay button unknowingly when prompted are high. Installing Windows 10 prevents you from accessing your computer and all the information in it until the update is complete. However, users have a 31 day grace period to reinstall their previous Windows version. Within the 31 days, users can also block updates from downloading manually within the Windows update, however, Microsoft keeps changing the way the push out the update so staying on top of this is hard to do.


Three ways to stop the forced updates

Stop Windows Update service: as central and forced as Windows 10 updates may be, they are just as many other windows process that can be stopped by stopping Windows update services. Open the run command and type services.msc and press enter. A service list will appear, and you should open Windows Update Service. Change the start-up type under the general tab to disabled. Restart your computer to integrate the change. This method is not recommended as your computer will not get any security updates.


Setup a metered connection

Users on metered connections get options. To help save bandwidth, the Microsoft operating system only downloads and install automatically if it is classified as priority. Though Microsoft’s classification method is not known, it cuts down frivolous updates that include software features and new drivers that may have caused stability issues. Open the settings app and select Network and Internet. Select Wi-Fi and click advanced options. Change the set as metered connection from off to on.


Group policy editor

The group policy editor is responsible for notifying you of new updates without installing them automatically. However, security updates still install automatically. Open the (Win + R) run the command, type gpedit.msc and press enter. Go to Computer configuration – Administrative templates – Windows components – windows update. Open windows update and change configure automatic updates to 2 which is notified for download and install. Go back to the settings app, select update and security then window update. Click check updates and restart your computer. This method is available for Pro and Enterprise versions of Windows, Home editions do not allow you to modify local group policies.

Automatic updates are typically great, and it is advisable to embrace them. Therefore, the above methods should be used to prevent troublesome updates that reinstall automatically or potentially damaging updates from installing. However, there is no way to prevent security updates on Windows 10 Home editions.


Business Computers

Business computers should always have either Pro or Enterprise versions of Windows on them so that your IT administrator has much more control over how updates are applied and you are not surprised by a Windows 10 upgrade that may not work with your Line Of Business applications. This could cause significant downtime in your business.


Contact us today at 319-227-7000 or email us to find out if Windows 10 is right for you or if you need help with preventing the upgrade or rolling back to a previous version of Windows.