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Ignore and shut off Windows 8.1 updates...

  1. #1


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1

    Ignore and shut off Windows 8.1 updates...


    I have been on-line since Windows 95...I'm 60 years old... I followed as everyone then into computers (not everyone was at that time) onto the new Windows 98...then there was 2000 and variations ..but then XP arrived. It was the best thing to happen for the new Internet.... (remember all of this was brand new) for me..this was by far a better experience into the new world of 'internet'.......Windows had a STAR in XP....it worked for the world........ Windows made profits as a result never recorded on planet! Unfortunatelly....Windows announced it's end of support for XP in 2013...... Vista, 7, I had read were awful OS systems and not to go there. I waited out....keeping my XP up to date...including SP-2...then SP-3...then onto cancillation in April 2014..........

    In August 2014, I bought the latest Windows OS, Windows 8.1.....I had no choice....I had no complaints before with XP..but the support had ended...and so it was time for me to move on into the future......XP was a bit of work keeping it up and running...but I could always find a way to keep it current and fast......Not so I have found in Windows 8.1

    Since I have been on Windows 8.1......The best thing I have found.....is to NOT....I repeat...NOT turn on Windows Update....

    Everytime I allowed updates...some major problem has occured....This happened with XP too, but I was able to find resolutions.....not so with 8.1.........8.1 in my opinion was designed for dummies...and not the mechanic of XP.....Problem after problem after updates.

    I have had several deeper problems with 8.1.......I have had to reset (Used to be called system recover) losing all data....

    February 12, 2015.........RESET PC....ALLOW NO WINDOWS --Up-Dates---see what happens!

    March 21, 2015........Fastest computer I have owned to date.........

    I have looked on the world web....nobody has ever entered anything with regurd to "NOT UPDATING" 8.1

    I'd really like to understand updates better.....everybody seems to be hypnotised by Windows that updates are mandatory...or nessesary...but my observation is 180 degrees different!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 143
    Windows 8.1


    I install all of the updates. I am a Windows fan boy, and I have not had a problem with any updates. Of course I am a newbie to this whole thing, but I really think that you missed a great OS when you skipped Windows 7. It is still for sale and it is a very nice OS. Right now I am on 8.1 and I love it. Nor problems here.
    Last edited by Rocky; 21 Mar 2015 at 15:09.
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  3. #3


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    I concur, I have run Windows 7 altered with nLite without updates, AV and firewall for a year without any problem. Majority of updates just fix/change some things, that you do not really need to update, if you are satisfied. There are pesky security updates, but most of them have a workaround like disable a service, change a setting. So basically, no, you do not really need updates and lately the tend to break something like every few months. If you are happy with your setup, that is fine, keep it. I update regularly and then fix "damage" with optimizers. That is just another way to do it.
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  4. #4


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    Because you can also roll back, uninstall, almost any Windows Update, one compromise might be to: notify you if/when updates are available for download & install; hide the ones you don't want to meddle with, select only a few at a time to download & install.
    Either here, or, Windows Club, or somewhere, is a VBS script/batchfile combination that will let you disable, turn off WU, at the beginning of each Windows session -- which is what I do. After the suggested desired updates have "aged," and perhaps improvements made -- then I select a few to download and install.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1

    Hi Rocky


    I thank you for your response... I am NOT a pro here...but I have been around the block.....I would really appriciate a pro to explain my experiment....My NOT allowing ANY Windows updates...Yes, I turned OFF Windows Updates..... I eliminated Norton, Macafee, did not install SuperAntiSpy, or any softwear...including also directory cleaners, or any outside influence......What I have maintained is "Windows Defender" a full time virus checker...that came free with my 'Acer PC'
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  6. #6


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks Roland Js.....

    My objective here is to discover if Widows Updates 8.1....really work.....or is it bunk!.....XP rallied several fixes, and severl screwed up....only with further patches that corrected earlier patches....in the finalend...sp3, did they begine to get it right!
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  7. #7


    I've been a user for many years myself and I've never had the issues I have with windows 8.1.
    The system seems to be so very sensitive to every movement that the computer keeps changing screens, fonts, etc. without my understanding why. Especially font size. Anyone have any ideas before I just admit defeat and go back to 7?
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  8. #8


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1


    I have also had the same issue......After automatic updates did their updates....maybe 4th or 5th since I bought my new 8.1, and not unexpected from past Windows up-dates, screw-ups began to appear.....This time worse than any time in my past when I was on XP........Two weeks ago, my pc automatically received and downloaded 'updates'.....next time after that I turned the PC on, All pages and words were enlarged..and blurred...I spent hours inside my PC to find resolution...including: areas needing administration approval....nothing worked...I even 'reset the pc' losing all data...it didn't work! However....4 days ago, I tried something koo koo, and now everything is back to normal.....and I cant remember what the crazy sequence was...This is why I'm so mad about this crazy OS......I nor you, should need to encounter this BS.........!
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  9. #9


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1

    A better than 8.1 pc..or buy an Apple?


    I don't know........what is the BIG difference?
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  10. #10


    Posts : 143
    Windows 8.1


    I'm sorry to hear about your negative experiences. I have not experienced anything changing on my system in all my years with a PC, so I guess that it must be frustrating. I have really only been using PCs since about 2003, I started with XP and then went to Windows 7 and now 8.1. I will also migrate to Windows 10 when it is available. That is really the main reason that I built this computer, so that I can be ready for Windows 10. For me it is just a hobby, I do not play games or anything else real intense on my system, just some light photo editing and stuff.

    Welcome delldumb and you too Eaglesailor. This forum is a fun place to hang out.
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