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Disabling Microsoft Auto Updates RRS feed

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    I just got Windows Live OneCare with my new Qwest.  I prefer not to automatically download and install microsoft updates.  Is there a way to set this so that my OneCare status does not show there is an "At Risk" problem?

     

    I can't find any options that would override this criteria.

     

    Thanks

    Wednesday, July 30, 2008 5:48 AM

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  • No, this is not an option in OneCare. OneCare requires that you automatically download and install critical and important updates immediately or at a scheduled time or your status will be "at risk."

    I'm moving this thread to the Tune-up topic, where you will find other discussions on this topic and my opinion on this (I disagree with OneCare's handling of AU).

    -steve

    Wednesday, July 30, 2008 1:21 PM
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  • No, this is not an option in OneCare. OneCare requires that you automatically download and install critical and important updates immediately or at a scheduled time or your status will be "at risk."

    I'm moving this thread to the Tune-up topic, where you will find other discussions on this topic and my opinion on this (I disagree with OneCare's handling of AU).

    -steve

    Wednesday, July 30, 2008 1:21 PM
    Moderator
  • Hello, OneCare.  Are you listening?  Give us some options on this.  I'm sure MayoPick isn't alone in this.

     

    Thursday, July 31, 2008 12:18 AM
  •  JoelPickett wrote:
    Hello, OneCare.  Are you listening?  Give us some options on this.  I'm sure MayoPick isn't alone in this.

     

    Neither of you is alone in this request.

    Here is a response that I have used for this request many times in the past:

    I agree with your assessment that forcing the setting to automatically install is bad for me (and you). However, I can tell you from personal experience that there are many, many people who happily ignore Windows Updates - even when they are set to notify - and end up with severely compromised systems. I have personally repaired dozens of systems where the AU icon was alerting the user about updates to be applied and based on the number of updates available, that icon was alerting them for months and sometimes years!

     

    What I would prefer is that OneCare required that Automatic Updates was *on* for any settings desired in order to be green. Since OneCare already does a check of Windows Update for updates not yet offered and installed by Automatic Updates when a Tune-up is performed, I think OneCare should perform that check daily and/or check for the state of AU in that when an update is offered as available, OneCare should change to yellow alert status. If the user then ignores the warning yellow status for 24 hours, OneCare should turn red. If another 24 hours elapses without action by the user, OneCare should switch on AU to automatically install the updates and provide a dialog to the customer that this action was taken and why.

     

    Since that functionality does not currently exist in OneCare, we need to live with the simplistic setting requirement that AU must be set to automatic download and install at a specified time of our choosing. Pick a time that is least likely to impact you. You cannot change the way OneCare warns you if you do not have AU configured this way.

    -steve

    Thursday, July 31, 2008 12:16 PM
    Moderator