How to Defer Installing Updates in Windows 10

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One of the controversial changes in Windows 10 for home users is the forced installation of updates and drivers. Since new updates or drivers can sometimes cause system problems, many have objected to the lack of a way to block problematic updates. Microsoft has now provided the troubleshooter kb3073930 that can let you hide updates you want to defer. The description and download are at this link.

After clicking the download link given by Microsoft, you will be prompted to open or save the file wushowhide.diagcab. If you open the file, the screen in the graphic below will be shown.

Windows 10 troubleshooter to hide updates

Click “Next” and the application will search for updates. When the search is finished, you will be given an option to hide or show hidden updates as displayed in the next graphic below. When you make your choice, a list of updates will be shown and individual updates can be marked as hidden. Updates that are marked "hidden" are not supposed to be installed.

Windows 10 options to hide updates

As I understand it, this troubleshooter allows you to hide updates only after they have been installed and is to prevent re-installation. Of course, this is fine if your system is still functional after a dicey update and you are able to uninstall any problem. But, if an update bricks your PC, you better have a good backup.

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It went in seamlessly, for me. Been using it for about a week and a half, on my secondary machine, which is mostly chat and surfing.

There are a few cosmetic things they've done that I object to. One is, they went for a "flat" look, so that the title bar is the same color as the window background. I find that distracting, when I'm trying to click on a menu item.

On top of that, the active window is no longer highlighted in any way. I keep a lot of windows open at one time, so I find this very distracting. I have to expend extra mental effort to verify which window is active, and where my typing is going to go.

To me, those are both User Interface 102 fails. I'm actually astounded they made it through testing like that.

I did find a free app to alter the title bar color.

Other than that, it's not that much different than Win7. Mostly cosmetic changes that are neither better nor worse. I do miss the Aero look for windows. But, apparently the hooks are mostly still there, and either Mickeysoft is going implement it, again. Or, some third party developers are close to figuring out how to get it back.

Mighty,
For me the title bar color (or lack thereof) is the second worst annoyance with Win 10. That's terrible GUI-wise.
You write "I did find a free app to alter the title bar color".
Please give me a link, name, something!
TIA

I used Win Aero Tweaker, at http://winaero.com/

There's also http://www.glass8.eu/win_future.html which is not quite ready for prime time, yet. But, apparently this group implemented the Aero glass capability in Win 8. So, there's some hope they can do it for Win10, too.

You don't need an app to bring back colored title bars. This is one of the many articles on the internet which explains how to do that: http://www.askvg.com/tip-get-rid-of-white-titlebars-in-windows-10/

MS must be smoking crack in every orifice it can find. I'm glad Window 8.1 extended support doesn't end til January 10, 2023, if I read right. Because I may just leave 10 on the trash heap where it was born, rather than even bother with it unless it goes through some serious metamorphosis. I imagine the free upgrade is only the Home edition.

Instead of imagining what the free upgrade does, you can read the Windows 10 FAQ.. Many users will get an upgrade in capability: Starter, Home Basic and Home Premium all get Windows 10 Home; and Professional and Ultimate become Windows 10 Pro.

I haven't even gotten the prompt (or whatever) that the Windows 10 is or will be downloaded...and yes I reserved it. On one hand I'd like to see what the update brings but on the other hand, with all the problems I've been reading about, I'm pretty apprehensive about letting it download. In fact I don't think I've seen a positive experience yet. Any opinions??

I did not need that tool at all.
On my "production" machine (where I am writing this) AND on one customer computer, both had not done a Win10 "reservation" AFAIK, the entry "Upgrade to Windows 10" showed up as a pre-selected optional update when checking manually for updates. In both cases I could right click and select "Hide update".
AFAIK it never showed up again.

How not to succeed in business by being seriously, seriously trying, part 1,947 Microsoft . . .

The supreme arrogance of this bunch continues to be breathtaking. First we have Windows 10 *advertising* shoved disgracefully onto the computers of the unwary in the guise of Windows Updates, now we have Windows 10 updates compulsorily shoveled onto the computers of those who, for whatever reason, are on Windows 10 (presumably, after having used Classic Shell first, so in-cred-ib-le is the improvement of this latest OS over its predecessor . . .)

All human nature is fallible. Otherwise it wouldn't human. Redmond, however -- and absolutely not for the first time -- believes itself to be infallible. It also seems to believe that never in the history of The Known Gates, or of The Known Balmer, was there ever a single Windows update which inadvertently screwed up some user's computer. Nah: Windows Updates always work infallibly, which is why everyone should be compelled to accept those updates whether they believe in The Tooth Fairy or not.

The more one hears about Windows 10 under the regime of this new and so-called 'enlightened' CEO, the more one thinks of Linux.

Summing up ?

If it aint broke, don't fix it !

I've already had one bad windows 10 upgrade that destroyed my internet LAN drivers. I've rolled back to Windows 7 and will stay there until W10 is made more reliable and friendly.

And it has come to pass...

KB3081424 was the first ever Cumulative Update to be released since the launch of Windows 10 and it has trashed some machines. Read about it here:

http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-cumulative-update-causes-reboot-loop-havoc-for-some-users/

I am now very doubtful of the usefulness of this tool. Even if you were to have a system backup it may not save you. The mere fact that you must run this tool before you can block any updates severely limits its usefulness. Picture this: You restore a backup but you cannot deploy the tool before you install the update, yet when you install the update it bricks your machine. It's catch-22.

I think it's laudable that Microsoft wants to keep all systems fully patched but they must first be able to guarantee users that no update will ever brick any machines. No guarantee, no force updates. It's as simple as that.

You are right, Joe. This tool is of limited use but I thought it should be pointed out. Microsoft needs to come up with something better. Although (as you pointed out in the forum) those who have the Pro version of Windows 10 can use the Group Policy Editor to block updates, owners of the home version are up the creek if Microsoft botches an update.