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Windows 8.1 Update Settings Changing without Permission

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    Windows 8.1 Update Settings Changing without Permission


    I have my OS settings configured not to check for and install updates unless I prompt Windows to do so. I recently manually installed some updates. A few days later I noticed Windows was installing updates upon start up. I checked my update settings and sure enough they were set for everything to check and install updates automatically. What is going on here? I never noticed this kind of behavior with Vista or Windows 7.

    Has anyone else noticed this or have a way to truly stop automatic updates?

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Dricketts,

    It appears that one of the OS updates in this last round of Windows Updates reset some of these settings back to default.
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    I see that but how do we keep Windows 8.1 from doing this in the future? This pisses me off. I don't want MS pushing stuff to my machine I see no value in without my permission.
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    There's really not anything that can be done if it gets reset by the update other than setting it back afterwards. Luckily it doesn't happen often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    There's really not anything that can be done if it gets reset by the update other than setting it back afterwards. Luckily it doesn't happen often.
    Thanks for the feedback. Looks like I need to get in the habit of checking my settings after every manual update.
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    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1


    I see this is from four weeks ago. Does the problem still persists or did you find a solution. I ask because I am having the same problem, every time I restart my computer the windows update settings gets changed to "never check for updates". If anyone found a solution please let me know.
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