General issues with W 10 updates

I have had quite a few clients with problems re: Windows 10 updates.
Is there a hack (registry?) I can implement which will stop W 10 updates?
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
You should address the issues, not hack up the OS even more. Microsoft has several supported methods for managing OS updates without resorting to such hacks. Windows Update for Business or WSUS are both common methods.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can go to Windows Update Settings, Advanced and set "Choose when Updates ..."  to Semi Annual Channel which means that updates (other than security) will be delayed until the current version is in widespread use.

This will give you time to update and change your software which you must do if you are intending to stay with Windows 10.
I agree with Cliff, but also agree with your grievance.

The last round of updates to Win10 have seen law firms CR M Application, aged care Resident management systems, and surveyors CAD applications grind to a halt from incompatibilties and while I know its up to the SW vendor to keep up, its simply not happening in all circles.

And I dont think changing software is a real option.  Take the Law firms,  Even a small firm will have thousands of matters regsitered in their CRM, and you cant just walk away from a $200k license every time you hit issues.

I have
  1. Made sure clients keep up to date on their main applications
  2. Made sure I play bad cop for them when a vendor fails to keep up to date with changes in the OS
  3. Ride the software vendors until an update comes out to fix the incompatability
  4. Encourage strategies to address the potential for downtime (e.g. medical practice exports to text files its appointment list and patient records for those with appointments on that day each day, where they see 800 patients in 8 hrs, manual prescription pads if Electnic scripting fails

And dont get me started on Nano Servers discontinuation...
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Sam Simon NasserIT Support ProfessionalCommented:
click start - and search for (services.msc), right click and run as administrator
look ion the bottom for Windows Updates, double click, set to disabled and stop the service. now restart your computer and windows will no longer search for updates.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Windows 10 will eventually do updates. They cannot be simply turned off permanently.
Sam Simon NasserIT Support ProfessionalCommented:
John, if you disable the service, Windows will never check for updates, even if click Windows update and search, it will give you an error. Try it yourself, I always use this in small businesses with not high speed internet.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Windows will eventually override it. Either that or viruses will get past the lack of security updates. Bad practice all around not to update.
Sam Simon NasserIT Support ProfessionalCommented:
There is a software called offline WSUS that stores updates for later use, any way, he asked how to stop them and we answered, disabling the service is the best option here.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have seen and recommended WSUS Offline here myself.

If the author wishes to disable updates instead of fixing the software, that would be up to them.
Cliff GaliherCommented:
"disabling the service is the best option here."

I disagree. Following an unsupported and potentially dangerous path when supported and less dangerous options exist does not make this the "best" option here at all. Nothing the OP posted males me believe this option of last resort is required.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I agree with you. Further I have seen articles now where people have done as suggested above and a big Windows Update comes through in any event.
vlogg5Author Commented:
Thanks for all your comments. I will get back to you with my comments and award points.
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