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With the arrival of Patch Tuesday, check the Windows automatic update

Install the Patch Tuesday patches from January 2020

If you are running Win7, 8.1 or Win10 1903 or 1909, pausing a temporary fix is ​​quick and easy. Other versions, not so much. Here’s how to run on the edge so you can watch pioneers perform unpaid Windows update beta tests.

December was a remarkable month. For those of you who use Windows Update, there were few surprises. (Free embargo, manual updaters they had a hard time ). If you’ve been following it, you’ve already installed the December updates. Excellent. It’s time to get ready for January by temporarily disabling Windows Auto-Update.

If you are a member of the «Get well as soon as they come out» team (a declining cohort, my observation, anyway), my hat is offered to you. We need all the cannon fodder we can get. Make sure you keep us updated with AskWoody.

But if you think there are more the danger of Pavlovian patch practices that for malware immediately after Patch Tuesday, there are easily reasonable alternatives. Wait while we all watch as the unpaid beta testers get one for Gipper.

If you use Windows 7 or 8.1 Click Start> Control Panel> System and Security. In Windows Update, click the «Enable or disable automatic update» link. Click the «Change settings» link on the left. Check that you have important Updates set to «Never check for updates (not recommended)» and click OK.

Yes, this month’s Patch Tuesday brings the latest free security patches for Win7. No, you should not let them install themselves. We will have a lot of coverage of Win7 weaning issues in the coming weeks.

Automatic update crashes on Win10 1803 or 1809

Not sure which version of Win10 you use? In the search box, next to the Start button, type About, and then click About Computer. The version number appears on the right below the Windows specifications.

If you’re using Win10 1803 or 1809, I highly recommend upgrading to Win10 version 1903. Microsoft released it (to some dismay) last May. It started in a shaky start before plunging into a four-patch disaster in September / October, but now it seems to be relatively stable. There are detailed step-by-step instructions to switch to Win10 1903 at » Why – and how – I move the Win10 production machines to the 1903 version «.

If you insist on staying with Win10 1809 (three times bitten, three times shy, right?), You can block updates by following the steps from last month’s warning patch on Tuesday .

There is a better way with Win10 1903 or 1909 versions

In version 1903 or 1909 (either Home, Pro, Education, or Enterprise, unless you are connected to an update server), with an administrator account, click Start> Settings> Update and Security. At the top, click the Pause Updates button for 7 days.


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That button changes to read «Pause updates for another 7 days». Click on it twice more for a total of 21 interrupted days. This delays all updates on your machines for up to 21 days after you click the button. Once set up, you can’t extend the delay any further than if you were installing all the pending cumulative updates at that time.

Historically, 21 days was enough to avoid the worst problems, though 0 patch bugs Keystone Kops IE previously mentioned persisted for more than three weeks.

If there are immediate large-scale issues protected by Patch Tuesday this month – something rare, but it happens – we will let you know here and on AskWoody.com as soon as possible.