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NewsThe Same Old Same Old... Pin
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Several things: first disabling the wuauserv service, of course; but this needs to be checked regularly as it tends to re-enable itself. You can setup an automatic task on logon, for example, launching the following command: net stop wuauserv

Second, I created a new value in the registry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU: a DWORD value "AUOptions" set to 2. This code for notifications for downloading as well installing. But this does not seem sufficient, as a few friends told me that it had not worked for them (meaning: they observed a spurious reboot of their computers after an update of which they did not have been notified).

On my former laptop, I also deleted anything from a folder in Program Files, whose name I can't remember unfortunately. It contained a program that was automatically launched and reverted any modified settings regarding the update policy. Then I did set authorizations on this folder to prevent anything from accessing it. But this is an old trick, it was in 2018 iirc, and on my new system it does not seem to have been reinstalled. (I think I talked about that on the Lounge back then, but I'm not 100% sure I did).

If you have a professional version (or entreprise), you can also play with the group policy: gpedit.msc, go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update, and select "Configure Automatic Updates". But this isn't possible with home editions, unfortunately.

Last, on each update that I install, I take the time to inspect every new service/automatic program launch on next boot, and disable anything that could prevent me from having a precise control on update policy. But this needs to know your computer quite well, to be able to spot what has been added. For that I thoroughly inspect the registry and the tasks planifier.
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NewsProductivity and WFH: Developers slow to bounce back worldwide as lockdown lifts Pin
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NewsMicrosoft and a KDE project spar over "MAUI" Pin
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NewsApple and Google roll out their new exposure notification tool. Interest seems limited. Pin
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NewsGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai defends Pixel team, says “hardware is hard” Pin
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