Windows 10: configuring updates in different ways

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Windows 10: configuring updates in different ways
Windows 10: configuring updates in different ways

Microsoft has broken its own promises that the development of updates for the tenth version of Windows will not come out, because the system does not initially need them. But, as it turns out, they are issued with enviable regularity. But in the system itself, a fairly large number of interesting innovations have appeared regarding the configuration and management of updates. Setting up Windows 10 updates is done in a completely different way than the classic solution. The very same system for managing the receipt of updates has become much more flexible. You definitely won't refuse the developers here.

Setting up Windows 10 updates: general concepts

Let's start with the fact that in this modification, parameters are initially set that allow you to receive update packages only if the computer is idle. It is believed that the operating system itself determines suchperiods and downloads updates only when there is a long break in work.

windows 10 update settings
windows 10 update settings

But that's just how it's supposed to be. In fact, updates with default settings are downloaded in the background without the knowledge of the user, and when you try to restart or shut down your computer or laptop, the system simply informs the user that the updates are ready for installation. If a shutdown or restart follows, the user will see a blue screen showing the progress of the installation and the requirement not to turn off the computer. This irritates many users, to put it mildly. This is where knowing how to configure Windows 10 update settings comes in handy. To do this, you can use several methods, which are further proposed for consideration.

Setting up Windows 10 Update

Separately, it is worth stopping at the "Update Center" service itself. As such, there is no Update Center in the standard "Control Panel". The developers moved it to the Options menu.

It is not clear, of course, why it was necessary to change the standard access option, but now you can configure the desired options only in the update and security section. It should be borne in mind that you will not be able to enable or disable the receipt of updates in the Update Center. Configuring Windows 10 updates in terms of activation or deactivation can be done either through the services section, or through group policies, or through the system registry, or through the command line, not countingspecialized third party tools. All this will be considered as detailed as possible.

Defining the parameters for receiving updates

But even in the "Update Center" you can find a lot of interesting things. There is a standard search for available packages, set in manual mode. But when going to the advanced options, you can choose to delay the installation of updates (maximum 35 days) or activate the update from several places, which works like peer-to-peer networks when downloading torrent content.

In the same way, setting the Windows 10 update time (the so-called activity period, which cannot exceed 18 hours) is just as easy.

setting up windows 10 updates
setting up windows 10 updates

In the restart options, you can set the time when the user can set his own end point for installing updates. In the same section, you can turn on the reboot notification so that it does not happen at the most inopportune moment. Otherwise, it also happens that the user is working with an important document, and then a restart is performed, after which sometimes it may be impossible to restore the file if autosave was not enabled.

How useful is it to disable receiving updates?

It's generally not recommended to disable updates, as they are mostly about fixing security holes and getting updates for some important platforms that are used in multimedia programs or modern games.

Also updates may be delivered for otherMicrosoft software products, if this option is activated (for example, for an office suite). In addition, without installing critical packages, some system or user applications may simply stop working.

Limited connection

Now let's move on to solving the question of how Windows 10 updates are configured. As for blocking at the most primitive level, it can be done quite simply.

windows 10 setup after update
windows 10 setup after update

To do this, select network or Wi-Fi connections in the options menu, and then set the metered connection in the advanced settings, as if it were mobile.

Using the services section

Configuring Windows 10 automatic updates can be done in the services section, which is called by the services.msc command in the Run console.

setting up windows 10 update
setting up windows 10 update

Here you need to find the "Update Center" service, enter the editing parameters by double-clicking or through the RMB menu, and then in the settings to start or stop the service, press the appropriate button. One of the key points is setting the startup type options. The service can be deactivated altogether, and to receive updates in automatic mode, use the appropriate option, but it is better not to use delayed start.

Group Policies

Configuring Windows 10 updates (automation) can also be done in the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).

setting up automatic windows 10 updates
setting up automatic windows 10 updates

Here, after logging in, you need to find the automatic update and use the enable or disable options in the settings. However, it should be clearly understood that policies fundamentally duplicate registry settings that are prioritized.

Actions in the registry

The registry (regedit) can also determine the method by which Windows 10 updates are configured based on user-specified keys.

windows 10 update settings settings
windows 10 update settings settings

So, for example, to disable automatic packet retrieval, you need to create a 32-bit parameter named NoAutoUpdate, which must be located in the HKLM branch AU end directory, and set its value to one. The update is enabled either by deleting this key, or by assigning zero instead of one to the AUOption parameter located in the WindowsUpdate directory of the same branch.

Command line

In the command console, with just three lines, you can enable or disable automatic updating.

They look like this:

  • net start/stop wuauserv;
  • net start/stop bits;
  • net start/stop dosvc.

In each command, start and stop are entered depending on the required actions.

Updating drivers

You can also set parameters for updating device drivers. In this case, you must use the system properties, where additional parameters and device installation options are selected.

settingwindows 10 update time
settingwindows 10 update time

Again, if necessary, the service can be completely deactivated or enable the installation of updates. But here the problem is that new versions will only be installed from the Windows database, where only the most suitable software is searched. If you still need to install driver updates without activating this service, it is best to use special programs like Driver Booster.

Tools for hiding updates

Finally, let's see how Windows 10 is configured after the update, assuming that the updates have been installed.

Firstly, in the same "Update Center" or in the programs and components section, when viewing the update log, you can safely remove them, set a manual search and exclude those that the user does not need or cause system errors. Unfortunately, some packages seem to be clearly underdeveloped.

Secondly, you can uninstall updates through the PowerShell console or through the command line. The operation for an ordinary user is quite complicated, so it is better to use simple programs.

One of these is the Show or hide updates utility developed by Microsoft. After scanning, it allows you to hide unnecessary packages in such a way that they will be ignored during repeated automatic search. Naturally, such packages will not be installed either.

Summary of results

These are, in brief, the main methods of managing the settings for receiving updates in the tenth version of Windows. Most of the options for starting or deactivating a service from Update Center cannot be controlled. Therefore, to be honest, it is best to use the registry editor, since its settings have the highest priority. But as an option, both group policies and the service section are suitable. The command line can be used if you need to immediately stop or start receiving updates (and even without rebooting, which is mandatory after making changes to the registry). Which method is right for each user? This question is left to the consideration of the users themselves. Almost all the main methods are equivalent to each other, except for the set priorities.

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