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Windows 7: Windows updates

20 Sep 2011   #1

Windows Home Premium, 64 4.096 bit
Windows updates

Hello Folks:

I'm just over from the Vista Forums site and I have a geberal question.

Why does Microsoft even bother to offer a choice as to how one gets updates? I have had my settings at "notify me before downloading and installing" on XP, Vista, and now Windows 7 and, in every instance I may as well have written it in chalk on the sidewalk in front of my house. This setting will not stick and I don't mean just after a reboot or cold boot. This thing starts installing downloads (that I have not requested) every time I am in the middle of moving files I have downloaded from the net. Is there any way I can make certain my settings do not change. Right now I have it set to not look for any updates in the hope that this will stop it from loading automatically.

Best Regards
Powell Lucas

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20 Sep 2011   #2

win7 ultimate 32bit

this is my 'personal' solution...whenever I've installed the OS on my builds--the first thing I turn off is UAC and the second is Automatic Updates
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21 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

I also run UAC off, although that is not applicable to this issue. I have my Windows Update settings to "Check for updates, but let me chose to download and install them". Also, I changed the WU service from Automatic (delayed start), to Manual, and I check for updates each night before shut down........... I wouldn't set up a machine like this that I don't own though.

With these settings, Windows will not be able to download or install any updates without direct input from you.
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25 Sep 2011   #4

Windows Home Premium, 64 4.096 bit

I run it to inform me when new updates are ready for downloading and installation and have done so for as long as I can remember. The problem has alwaqys been that Windows changes it all the time. Every time I do a reboot or cold boot I have to check to make certain it has been changed to auto install. About half the time it has. Even after reinstalling Windows 7 today it has already caught me once and automatically installed updates.
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25 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

First off I have never had Windows 7 do other than what I have instructed it to do. My instruction is to inform me and I will decide whether or not to download. I check several times a day. I check, read and then make a choice whether to download and install. Some have reported that a 3rd party program can cause this problem e.t. firewall or anti virus, that is why I use MSE and the built in Windows 7 firewall. Microsoft loves Microsoft.
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