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[Guide] Disabling Windows 10 Automatic updates and "spyware"

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Are you sure? Granted, it's been a while, but I know I've seen Defender update itself on it's own. Does that no longer happen? Guessing maybe I should run a test...
Yeah it gets them through win update now but they're auto install in the background even if you have custom group policies set for updates to ask first
 
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This happened to me today. I was out. Desktop full of unfinished business. Had to run errands. Was gone 8 hours. On return, system had been rebooted. That’s it. Next rainy weekend I overinstall with W10 LTSC or hackintosh
Did you have the update services properly disabled? If you didn't, that was the problem.

Yeah it gets them through win update now but they're auto install in the background even if you have custom group policies set for updates to ask first
Yet another reason I don't trust Windows Defender and remove it completely from all of my systems.
 

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Doesn't this only stop Windows performing major updates rather than all updates? I have been using this for a while to stop it forcing an 'upgrade' to Windows 11 but I've still been updating Windows as normal.
 
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this still work nice + contains all setup for windows :)
for updates > ip block

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or this for manual selective updates WUA-MANAGER
but works normal only on WIN-PRO versions "or where is gpedit"
 
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Winaero Tweaker has the option to completely disable windows updates and IT ACTUALLY WORKS instead of O&O shut-up that would get its setting reset once the PC restarts.
I even tried to go to windows update to manually update but couldn't. Also, I wanted to install Japanese supplemental fonts from Microsoft but refused to install no matter what and I couldn't know the reason until I gave up, next day I said maybe the setting is the culprit then viola, it worked.
 

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Doesn't this only stop Windows performing major updates rather than all updates? I have been using this for a while to stop it forcing an 'upgrade' to Windows 11 but I've still been updating Windows as normal.
I believe it says it only stops the non-security updates. I personally prefer to lock it ALL down, but some of those security updates are actually useful... some of them anyway :roll::roll:
 
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Yet another reason I don't trust Windows Defender and remove it completely from all of my systems.
Why bother most every AV suit out now updates automatically when windows starts up any ways so I don't see much of a difference there and WD is as good as the others
 
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Why bother most every AV suit out now updates automatically when windows starts up any ways so I don't see much of a difference there and WD is as good as the others
Not always, but again, Defender is much more intrusive.
 
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Not always, but again, Defender is much more intrusive.
Pffft no it's not the only time I see anything from defender is a notification telling me it's run a scan and found nothing / something unlike any of the other free AV's that constantly try to upsell you to their Paid / Pro versions all the damn time
 
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Pffft no it's not the only time I see anything from defender is a notification telling me it's run a scan and found nothing
Incorrect. Please review the following conversation;
 

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Pffft no it's not the only time I see anything from defender is a notification telling me it's run a scan and found nothing / something unlike any of the other free AV's that constantly try to upsell you to their Paid / Pro versions all the damn time

Incorrect. Please review the following conversation;
It's apparent that, like SO many things in Tech, in Software, in Life, some people have the problem, and some don't. Accepting that all things are not always black or white, absolutes, is a sign of intelligence. The forum is full of intelligent people. Please act accordingly.
 
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LOL sorry Lex but that's not a universal problem affecting all Windows PC's using Defender that's an intel specific problem that needs to be sorted by MS and Intel
I'd also like to see some proof of the "Intrusiveness" that you say is going on with Defender and that you say is not happening with "other AV suites"

if they have any sort of cloud scanning thing going on then they're all sending your data to someplace other than your PC and like defender you should be able to turn that off I'd be more worried about not being able to turn it off and being forced to use it
 
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LOL sorry Lex but that's not a universal problem affecting all Windows PC's using Defender that's an intel specific problem that needs to be sorted by MS and Intel
I'd also like to see some proof of the "Intrusiveness" that you say is going on with Defender and that you say is not happening with "other AV suites"

if they have any sort of cloud scanning thing going on then they're all sending your data to someplace other than your PC and like defender you should be able to turn that off I'd be more worried about not being able to turn it off and being forced to use it
I think I may have misunderstood you. Just saying that Defender does intrude on user privacy and that should not be taken lightly.
 

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I think I may have misunderstood you. Just saying that Defender does intrude on user privacy and that should not be taken lightly.
Reasonable statement, Defender has raised flags for years in the security community! Ever since pundits insisted the telemetry in 8 would be "temporary", only applying to the early adopting/beta versions. Love every company out there trying to minimize how much data any technology company can collect from you.
 
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Reasonable statement, Defender has raised flags for years in the security community! Ever since pundits insisted the telemetry in 8 would be "temporary", only applying to the early adopting/beta versions. Love every company out there trying to minimize how much data any technology company can collect from you.
Exactly! My efforts here are not to attack anyone, only to show what is really happening and suggest a course of action that results in a user better protecting themselves.
 
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Out of curiosity, has anyone tried just going with the cheap Win 10 Ent route (via the advertisements here at TPU), and does doing so mitigate a lot of the current WinOS drama?

(It’s been well over a decade at this point since I was a desktop administrator, and my personal machines are either vintage or Linux.)
 
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Out of curiosity, has anyone tried just going with the cheap Win 10 Ent route (via the advertisements here at TPU), and does doing so mitigate a lot of the current WinOS drama?

(It’s been well over a decade at this point since I was a desktop administrator, and my personal machines are either vintage or Linux.)
Ah, you're just not aware. The answer is yes. LTSB/LTSC are very good ways to easily rope Windows in. However, there are ways to rope in Windows 11 too, which I had to figure out the hard way, but that's a very involved process and not for the faint of heart..
 
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