An Incredibly Hacky Way to Disable Windows 10 Updates

By Chris Mills on at

Windows 10 auto-downloads and auto-installs updates. This is mostly a Good Thing for general security, but becomes a Bad Thing when said update installs a glitchy graphics driver that breaks your desktop. There is a way to disable auto-updates, but it’s not pretty.

The solution comes in the form of a Windows troubleshooter package, basically a mini diagnostic app for Windows. You can download it from the Microsoft support page (scroll down a bit to find the download file). When you run it, you click through an initial menu, and land at the following options:

Here's The Incredibly Hacky Way to Disable Windows 10 Updates

‘Hide updates’ is for pending updates you want to disable; show hidden updates is where you can go to install updates you previously disabled.

Here's The Incredibly Hacky Way to Disable Windows 10 UpdatesThe driver update that was causing all the problems

It’s a pretty simple fix. It took me all of three minutes to nuke the offending graphics-destroying update but it’s about the buggiest way to disable auto-updates I’ve ever come across. Ah well, needs must. [Microsoft via ZDNet]