Many popular applications these days have a built in function to update themselves automatically by downloading and installing new versions without asking or requiring user interaction. While auto updating is likely to be perfectly fine and a good idea for most users, it does become a problem if you are trying to troubleshoot instability with Windows or the specific application. Some software that auto updates makes it very easy to temporarily turn the option off but other software makes it very difficult.
Here we show you how to disable automatic updates for a few common applications. A lot of software is updated regularly to fix security issues and you leave your system more vulnerable by not using the latest version. While we are showing you how to disable automatic updates for selected applications, you should not turn off the option indefinitely.
There are two different update methods, one is an auto update in the background which is triggered from a scheduled task. In fact, one of the easiest workarounds to disable Chrome updates is also the most effective, which is to stop GoogleUpdate.
Do that and there will be no Chrome updates at all. Rename the folder back to Update to re-enable updates. Add the following at the bottom: Simply delete the line to get the updates back. This is a sensible solution because it leaves the option to manually update. Open Task Scheduler by clicking on Start and type taskschd. Right click on each and select Disable. This will only disable automatic background updates. Like Chrome, the Firefox About window has a separate update process.
Click Never check for updates and optionally uncheck Use a background service to install updates to stop the Mozilla Maintenance Service trying to install updates. Even with these options turned off Firefox can still automatically download updates in certain scenarios when you open the About window. In Explorer navigate to: With this version you can control the Flash updates from automatically in the background, to notify, to never update.
If Flash has been separately installed there should be a settings applet for it in Control Panel. Make sure the Control Panel view is by icons and not category, click on Flash Player to open the settings manager.
Go to the Updates tab and choose Notify me to install updates or Never check for updates. If for some reason the updates are not being controlled correctly or you cannot open the settings Control Panel applet, auto update can be turned off by disabling its scheduled task. The Flash task runs once a day and rechecks every hour for new updates.
Open Task Scheduler taskschd. Re-enable Flash updates as soon as possible because new vulnerabilities are constantly being found and fixed. In Reader DC however, Adobe has completely removed any option to control when and if updates are applied and they are forced to automatic download and install. Open Regedit and navigate to: Leave the value data at 0 and close Regedit. For convenience you can download the bUpdater registry edit and double click to automatically import it into your registry.
REG file to re-enable the updates again. The task itself checks for updates daily, at logon and at minute intervals. An alternative option for advanced users is disabling the Adobe Acrobat Update Service from Services. Microsoft Windows Unfortunately, the biggest culprit these days for automatically installing updates without asking is the operating system itself.
It can be a real pain if you are trying to troubleshoot or repair problems on your system and Windows is attempting to download and install new updates at the same time.
Then wanting to reboot the system when you are in the middle of something. Using the drop down menu you can tell Windows to download then notify, notify first or never check for updates. This can be a real nightmare if it keeps installing updates that are causing problems or adding to problems you already have.
There are group policies available to control updates but a foolproof way to disable all updates while you are troubleshooting is to disable the Windows Update Service. If the service status is running press the Stop button, then from the Startup type drop down select Disabled.
BAT file and run as administrator to quickly disable or re-enable the service. As the Service can be disabled on any version of Windows to quickly stop updates, the script has been made to work on Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8. You might also like: