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Windows 7: Windows Update keeps resetting itself to automatic

14 Nov 2018   #1
ArlisT

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Windows Update keeps resetting itself to automatic

I have a 2015 Dell Inspiron Win 7 machine. I set updates to allow me to choose when to download and install updates, but my machine always downloads any updates without asking me and says updates will install in 10 minutes unless I postpone (which I can do up to 4 hours at a time. There is no option to not install the updates). If I'm away from the computer it just goes ahead and installs them, no permission required. Sure enough, when I check the control panel, Windows Update has reset itself to download and install updates automatically, in spite of the fact that I have already set it not to do so.


Any ideas? All I can find are instructions on how to set the preferences; nothing on what to do if Windows ignores the preferences you set, and returns itself to default settings.


Thanks.


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14 Nov 2018   #2
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi ArlisT,

Welcome to SevenForums!

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I have a 2015 Dell Inspiron Win 7 machine. I set updates to allow me to choose when to download and install updates, but my machine always downloads any updates without asking me and starts nagging me to install them or postpone. If I'm away from the computer it just goes ahead and installs them too. Sure enough, when I check the control panel, Windows Update has reset itself to download and install updates automatically, in spite of the fact that I set it not to do so.
What I would do is to set WU [Windows Update] to Never check for updates (not recommended). Then you can run WU when it is comvienient to you and you will not get the messages!

I hope this helps!
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14 Nov 2018   #3
ArlisT

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
I'll try that.

Hopefully this setting will not be ignored like my previous setting is.


Thanks.



Arlis
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17 Nov 2018   #4
ShadouFox

Windows-7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ArlisT View Post
Any ideas? All I can find are instructions on how to set the preferences; nothing on what to do if Windows ignores the preferences you set, and returns itself to default settings.


Thanks.
You didn't tell us what version of Win-7 you have. I have "Ultimate", and I likewise set for manual updates. The only thing I get is a "nag flag" suggesting a reset of updates, which I ignore. Maybe it's different for other versions?

Microsoft is notorious for believing they know what's best for you better than you know for yourself.
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17 Nov 2018   #5
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi ShadouFox,

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You didn't tell us what version of Win-7 you have.
The OP is using Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
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