Microsoft Utility Allows Windows 10 Home Users to Block Unwanted Updates

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in IT News | 0 comments

Microsoft Utility Allows Windows 10 Home Users to Block Unwanted Updates

Microsoft appears to be backtracking on its decision to force automatic updates on Windows 10 Home users. The controversial policy came to light with the release of the 10240 build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview and its accompanying EULA. In it, Microsoft made it known that automatic updates would be mandatory, whereas Windows 10 Pro users would have the option to delay them for up to eight months.

One of the fears with that policy is that Microsoft could inadvertently break compatibility with an update or cause instability issues. Microsoft’s track history isn’t spotless in this regard, so some users prefer to wait a bit before installing updates to make sure they’re aren’t any issues, especially on mission critical machines.

They may get their wish. A recently released and “well-hidden” troubleshooter package (KB3073930) that was first spotted by ZDNet gives Windows 10 Home users the option of hiding or blocking Windows Updates and driver updates. The latter is especially good news to the Windows 10 testers who recently complained that a forced Nvidia driver doled out by Windows was causing trouble.

The knowledge base article for the troubleshooting utility acknowledges that ” in rare cases, a specific driver or update might temporarily cause issues with your device, and in this case you will need a way to prevent the problematic driver or update from reinstalling automatically the next time Windows Updates are installed.”

After installing the optional utility, users will have access to an interface that allows them to hide or show updates. The ones that are hidden will not be installed.

It’s not clear if the utility will work with the final version of Windows 10, though chances are it will since it works just fine with the RTM.