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posted by martyb on Sunday January 10 2016, @01:10AM   Printer-friendly
from the PSA dept.

If you're using a PC running Windows 7 or 8, you may be getting a little sick of endless popup screens telling you to upgrade to version 10. And you may be worried about inadvertently installing the upgrade as part of a security update.

Microsoft will start pushing out a Windows 10 upgrade as a recommended, virtually mandatory, update very soon (it's right now only an optional download). Some people are tempted to turn off Windows Update completely to avoid getting the new operating system – don't. It'll leave your computer vulnerable to attack as you'll no longer get security patches.

It's actually rather easy to turn off the Windows 10 upgrade function without losing vital regular software updates. Microsoft even has an official document [*] explaining how to do it.

[...] Make sure you follow all the steps, but essentially you have to:

        1. Open the Registry Editor (search for regedit in the Start Menu and run it).
        2. Set [DWORD value] DisableOSUpgrade to 1 in HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
        3. Set [DWORD value] ReservationsAllowed to 0 in HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade

Or, the obligatory recommendation to run FOSS instead.

[*] Javascript required.


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  • (Score: 2) by captain normal on Sunday January 10 2016, @03:16AM

    by captain normal (2205) on Sunday January 10 2016, @03:16AM (#287481)

    If you want to control reboot. Shut down the laptop yourself, then remove the battery and power cord. No way Microsoft can reboot with out you. Can't you just turn off auto-update, like I've done for all my Windoze machines since Win 98. Now in Win 7 and I update when I want and only after reviewing what updates are being pushed out. I just don't like software companies trying to grab my computer when I'm in the middle of something.

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  • (Score: 2) by frojack on Sunday January 10 2016, @04:15AM

    by frojack (1554) on Sunday January 10 2016, @04:15AM (#287490) Journal

    That's silly. You don't have to go to those lengths.

    The problem is that his laptop is not really sleeping, its just darkening the screen.
    He needs to google that problem, because it was common for certain mother boards, and was related to a settings problem.
    Most users can simply dig through the hidden settings and fix this. They don't make it easy to find.

    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=windows+10+doesn%27t+sleep [lmgtfy.com]

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    • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2016, @05:16AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2016, @05:16AM (#287502)

      I've had sleeping computers wake themselves apply updates and reboot themselves before. The first time it happened, I thought maybe I was wrong about putting it to sleep; but after it happened again and I lost work, I tested the hypothesis by scheduling the automatic update and reboot for a time I was awake to verify. I told the computer to sleep, it fell asleep with the square wave pattern on the power indicator and all, and I waited. Sure enough, Windows woke the computer, installed updates and rebooted. Interestingly enough however, not all the computers I own will wake themselves to install updates in that fashion. A colleague at work suggest it might have something to do with the RTC timers not being settable by Windows Update on some motherboards, even when on AC power.

      • (Score: 1, Troll) by Phoenix666 on Sunday January 10 2016, @03:15PM

        by Phoenix666 (552) on Sunday January 10 2016, @03:15PM (#287625) Journal

        Your post had me laughing uproariously and smacking my forehead. Why do people allow Windows on their equipment?

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2016, @09:34AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2016, @09:34AM (#287547)

      The real problem is he's running proprietary spyOS...

    • (Score: 2) by Snotnose on Sunday January 10 2016, @03:36PM

      by Snotnose (1623) on Sunday January 10 2016, @03:36PM (#287633)

      Hey, thanks. I'll look that up later this morning. It never occurred to me it could be a settings thing.

      As for auto update, it's set to automatically download updates, then ask me if I want to reboot. This is what I want. I don't have a problem with it rebooting, I have a problem with it rebooting without me telling it "ok, now is a good time to reboot".

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2016, @09:14PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10 2016, @09:14PM (#287779)

        As another AC pointed out, it could actually be waking it from sleep. Try disabling the sleep timers in all your power profiles, if you don't use the timers for other things. If that doesn't work, there are a couple of posts on superuser that dive deeper into bending Windows to your will of not waking itself like that.

  • (Score: 2) by jasassin on Sunday January 10 2016, @10:05AM

    by jasassin (3566) <jasassin@gmail.com> on Sunday January 10 2016, @10:05AM (#287553) Homepage Journal

    Shut down the laptop yourself, then remove the battery and power cord.

    Try that on a Surface Pro.

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