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Block Windows Updates with Windows 10 Update Switch
If you have Windows 10 Home edition, you probably know that there's no way to stop Windows updates on your machine unless you have a Wi-Fi connection that's set to metered or use a wireless hotspot (which Microsoft normally sets automatically to a metered connection. If you're on a wired, or ethernet connection, there was no way to block Windows updates, until now. Ghacks has a good write up of a free portable program that can set network connections to metered connections, allowing you to block updates. I suggest reading the whole article if you want to try the program as there are some details that are good to know. You can find out more about metered connections here.

What is a system repair disc and how to create one in Windows
Windows system repair discs come in handy for troubleshooting computer problems. System repair discs let you boot up your computer when nothing else works (unless there's a hardware failure, which is a different issue) and offers options for repairing your system. There are several good articles on the internet on how to create system repair discs, but I like this one because it covers Windows 7, 8, and Windows 10. Note that in Windows 8.1, the option to create a repair disc disappeared - the option there is to create a repair USB drive instead (link included in article).

Eight things you need to do right now to protect yourself online
Most of us probably know or use many of the suggestions in this article but a few may be new or of use. Practicing good password protocols is a good place to start and using a good password manager can help if you have more than a few passwords to remember. They are also good at generating strong passwords. Some things, like two factor authorization, aren't that useful if you don't have cell phone or live in an area where coverage is spotty and/or unreliable, or if you travel often. The article mentions full disc encryption - if you have Windows, they suggest BitLocker but they fail to mention that BitLocker is only available in Pro and up versions of Windows. Not to worry though, we've got you covered with our Best Free Drive Encryption Utility selections. It's also a good idea to install anti-ransomware on your system. This is a good free program for Windows users: Bitdefender Anti-Ransomware. For more Windows security, see our Best Free Windows Desktop Software Security List.

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Hello to everyone! I have a problem and look for help, if possible. I have a dual boot LINUX / /W 10 PC (I7 CPU & 8GB ram). For a long while I used both in dual booted mode without any problems. Since about 10 months, suddenly some W10 updates were available but I had to give them up, because updating starts, reaches 99% and then says that for some "reason" update could not be completed and undoes all updates and restarts. This process take a very long time (> 10-15 m) and thus the only work-around I found was to disable the windows-update service. This is somewhat dangerous security wise in the long run. Interesting enough, not even local m$oft support, which I contacted, could not fix the issue, could not tell me why update process can not completed, and they finally said that (a) they do not support the dual boot systems (b) I have to reinstall windows and drop LINUX dual boot. Does anyone know a work around other then the one I used i.e. disabling the W10 update service? Does anyone knows what stops W10 update to complete? Thanks for your help...SH

Windows Update MiniTool does the job for me. I have it set to have Windows 10 notify me when updates become available. Then I start the program (at a time of my own choosing) and choose whether to just download the updates (so I can decide which ones to install) or just have it download and install all the updates (if I'm feeling lazy). It's freeware of course and is available for download on most of the freeware sites (MajorGeeks, Softpedia, etc.) The home page is here:

Edit: Sorry, meant this to be a reply to crombierob's post from 25 Dec.

Thanks! Great tool! I'm trying it out on Windows 8.1 now and it's working really well. I'll test it out on Windows 10 next.

Someone should start a petition to allow W10 users (I am using Pro) to control updates.
I would like to control the downloading of them, but I can live without that control
But what we should have, is the ability to be told there are updates waiting to be installed, and it does not start the updates without my permission.
Shirley that is not too much to ask ?

You might find some of the information and links in this article of use.
How to defer Windows 10 updates

What I've done is use a metered connection and then I check for updates. You can change the connection from metered to not metered to download updates.

I understand why Microsoft made the decision to force updates in Windows 10, but I don't care much for how it's implemented and the lack of options.

Thank you very much for the clear and concise instructions. No offense meant, but you may understand Microsoft's decision to force us to accept their interference on their terms. I don't. If computer users are too stupid to update their operating system, they are certainly not smart enough to deal with all the issues caused by the massive updates dumped onto our computers. I always did one update at a time and tested it before I added the next, and I never had the kind of issue I now have which cost me hours a week to repair. As soon as I have time to learn Linux I will be done with Microsoft forever. I have no use for products that cause me problems out of arrogance.

No offense taken. I'm not happy with the Windows 10 updgrade protocols currently in place either. I've had enough updates cause problems over the years that I've done the same as you - install them one at a time. I haven't had that much trouble with Windows 8.1 updates so I download them in larger batches. I'll use Windows 8.1 for quite a while yet, it's still supported, then I'll switch to Linux and leave Windows on my laptop.

I believe Microsoft will stop issuing individual updates and knowledge base articles that go with them, and just roll updates into one large download.

I've been tryng out Linux versions for a while. I think if it were clear how to get your files and folders transferred over to Linux a lot more people would switch.

You're more than welcome. :)

Very Useful. Thanks very much.