How can I stop Windows 10 updates? Whether it’s preventing Windows 10 from kicking off a critical update during a presentation, or deferring Microsoft’s Windows 10 feature update because of worries about data loss, it’s a question we’ve all asked. You shouldn’t block all Windows 10 updates. But you can manage them.
Unpopular opinion incoming that will trigger a lot of people: if a Windows Update reboot ruins your live presentation or prevents you from studying, it’s your own damn fault. Windows doesn’t just update out of the blue – it downloads and installs whatever it can in the background, and it takes a long, long time before it just goes into rebooting your device to complete the installation process. Windows gives warnings and plenty of time for you to manually reboot your device, and if it’s a device that’s running all the time – like desktops often do – it will just reboot automatically overnight.
Computers require maintenance, and modern computers actually require very little of it, with updating their software being one of the very few things users still have to do. Nobody bats an eye at cleaning their kitchen and its appliances or sticking to their car’s maintenance schedule, but suddenly, when it comes to computers, nobody seems to be willing to accept the same responsibility.
If you have an important presentation tomorrow, just check Windows Update to make sure everything’s up to date. Not doing so and having your presentation ruined by a reboot? Shouldn’t have ignored the warnings for weeks.
the masses are stupid and ignorant when it comes to desktop computer use. Hell, most of them can barely figure out how to organize their own files, or even format a cell in Excel. When many millions of people use computers and the vast majority are too ignorant to know how to properly use them, you get things like this.
No, it wouldn’t be right to require a competency certificate before being allowed to use a computer (personal computers are a hugely democratizing force after all) so good on those who got burned. Maybe, just maybe they’ll go learn another useful tidbit or two.
Edited 2018-10-30 00:12 UTC
> If you have an important presentation tomorrow, just check Windows Update to make sure everything’s up to date. Not doing so and having your presentation ruined by a reboot? Shouldn’t have ignored the warnings for weeks.
This is a disturbingly authoritarian opinion.
Shouldn’t computers obey their users and not a corporation? Thom, what you say here is completely at odds with previous strong opinions you’ve stated objecting to corporate influence in computing. And it’s also at odds with strong opinions you’ve stated regarding a digital freedoms.
Is there a value system underlying your snarky editorials, or are they just contrarian for the sake of being contrarian?
Edited 2018-10-30 01:53 UTC