[SOLVED?] How to avoid Windows 10 service packs?

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[SOLVED?] How to avoid Windows 10 service packs?

Postby Zup » 2018-8-09 @ 06:28

I have a mini laptop with Intel Atom, a 32Gb eMMC and Windows 10 1607 installed (using "free upgrade" from original Windows 8.1). Microsoft dropped support for my CPU, so later service packs (OK, "editions") of Windows 10 won't work.

Not a big issue, but it keeps trying to download and install service packs every time is powered on (today is trying to install Windows 10 version 1709). I'd like to install security updates, but I want it to avoid downloading service packs that can't be installed. Is there any method to forbid specific updates from Windows 10 "free" editions?

Thanks.

SOLUTION?

I've found a thread that speaks of a Windows fix called wushowhide that allows you to hide updates in Windows 10. I've hidden Windows 10 1803 edition and silverlight, and it seems that it works... but Windows 10 is well known to "accidentally" forget Windows Update settings, and I guess that newer releases will not be blocked automatically.
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Re: How to avoid Windows 10 service packs?

Postby eL_PuSHeR » 2018-8-09 @ 07:35

Windows 10 v1803 is the worst version released ever, in my humble opinion.

You could try the following, just for testing sake.

Get current v17134.112 ISO using the Media Creation Tool and burn it to DVD or use MCT to make a bootable usb-stick. If you run into problems, you can use Rufus instead.

Get Macrium Reflect Free and make a full backup of all existing partitions.

Use diskpart and CLEAN the disk.

Try installing v1803 to see what happens.
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Re: How to avoid Windows 10 service packs?

Postby dr_st » 2018-8-09 @ 08:26

DosFreak wrote:Disable the Windows Update service?
This is very tricky (next to impossible) on new Windows 10 editions (don't remember exactly when it started). It has extra services and schedule tasks to re-enable itself.

Plus, he stated he does want the security updates.

I think the best option is to use group policy to prevent update auto-install (and on Home version where there is no group policy, create the relevant registry entries manually).
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Re: How to avoid Windows 10 service packs?

Postby Zup » 2018-8-09 @ 08:36

The goal is not upgrading to later Windows releases, but to avoid my laptop to download and trying to install them. The fact is that the CPU is unsupported by Microsoft and any attempt to install later releases of Windows 10 (via Windows Update, manual update or clean install from USB) ends with an unsupported hardware message. So I have a pendrive with Windows 1607 just in case that I need to wipe out the laptop.

The fact is that, even if those releases of Windows 10 are incompatible, it keeps trying to download them (taking HDD space) and installing it (taking CPU and memory).

I've found a thread that speaks of a Windows fix called wushowhide that allows you to hide updates in Windows 10. I've hidden Windows 10 1803 edition and silverlight, and it seems that it works... but Windows 10 is well known to "accidentally" forget Windows Update settings, and I guess that newer releases will not be blocked automatically.
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Re: [SOLVED?] How to avoid Windows 10 service packs?

Postby 640K!enough » 2018-8-11 @ 00:19

How about setting your connection as metered? The theory was that it would only download and install critical updates and security fixes on a metered connection. Whether it will still try for the larger updates after a certain period of time isn't quite clear (to me) yet.
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Re: [SOLVED?] How to avoid Windows 10 service packs?

Postby dr_st » 2018-8-11 @ 06:57

640K!enough wrote:How about setting your connection as metered? The theory was that it would only download and install critical updates and security fixes on a metered connection. Whether it will still try for the larger updates after a certain period of time isn't quite clear (to me) yet.
I don't like hacks that have desired outcomes as unfortunate side-effects. I have no idea what other limitations/annoyances setting your primary connection as "metered" can impose. I'd rather deal with the core of the problem.
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