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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 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.