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A few month ago upgraded to windows 10. All was fine, but we have recent october updates 10/3  that have caused endless restart loop on a few systems. I have uninstalled the updates and selected to defer future updates, but it still keeps updating and restarting machines. Any other setting to stop these updates? Also one of these recent updates isn't giving me the option to uninstall.
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There have been a couple of roll ups since the Anniversary update.

Take one test problem machine,  go to the Media Creation Link

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

Click on Upgrade to Windows 10 (even if Windows 10 is running), click on the Download button, select Open (Run) but NOT Save. Allow the program to run. Allow drivers to update. Then select Keep Everything.

See if that works. You will not lose anything if you follow the above.
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Why would you not analyse what is wrong with your systems but instead stop updating altogether?
All our systems are on win10 (whole company), all have installed the october updates without problems.

Take a clean system, install the october updates and you'll see. Then uninstall it and add all your software and see whether it fails again.

If you want to stop updating altogether, use a GPO that deactivates the service "windows update" on all client machines. See http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2010/08/how-to-use-group-policy-to-control-services/ for a howto.
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John, please explain how you addressed his problem. It was "I have uninstalled the updates and selected to defer future updates, but it still keeps updating and restarting machines. Any other setting to stop these updates?" - this was not addressed by using the media creation link.
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A Windows 10 Repair normally fixes these issues. That was the method I posted.
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No it does not. There is no issue but a method required. The repair installation does not offer a method to disable updating - but that is what he is looking for. Agreed?
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It works for me

I have opened the question. Please accept your own answer or delete the question
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For reference, McKnife's solution can work, but it is most certainly not the only way.
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I am tempted to revert my decision.
Though using an inplace upgrade repair will not stop updates coming in, the symptoms of updates constantly failing (and windows retrying to install those over and over), might of course be cured by that.

Was I confused some hours ago? I don't know, I guess it all started with the extremely vague description of the problem and the circumstances that led to it. Accept my apologies, John.
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That's more like it. Too bad the author wouldn't close himself.
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