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Oh boy, this happened to me despite using the enterprise edition. The system forced an upgrade, despite me doing everything to stop it, and every time the upgrade crashed and I had to roll back to the previous version. Every day.

I spent a month like this, on an always-on system, trying to shut down the upgrade downloader from the task bar whenever I can after failing to stop it from settings, group policy, horsing around in powershell etc. Before that, I had also tried to make the upgrade work by doing it manually, updating drivers, unplugging all the peripherals etc. but it kept getting stuck halfway through. So I couldn't upgrade, and I couldn't not upgrade.

Well last week there was an update to the update so I hoped at least the upgrade would work now and I would be done with this charade. Nope, it crashed again while upgrading, except this time there was no way to roll back and use my system. I am torn between cutting windows out completely and going back to windows 7.

I'm mostly a Linux user but I use Windows at work. There is also an additional Windows computer in my house. Although I can't say I dislike Windows there is a singular issue with it that really grinds my gears. The OS assumes way too much about what I want to do. I get it that the defaults are there for the inexperienced or casual users but there really needs to be a way to tell the OS "Hands off! I know what I'm doing". I really don't want arbitrary actions to be made before I consent to them.

Honestly I could tolerate the defaults being heavy-handed towards updates, but I was really miffed to find out I literally didn't even have an option to not update, even when it was a system-wrecking one.

Yes. I've had this issue on almost every version of windows so far. As usual with Windows the only way to fix these issues is by reinstalling the operating system. After decades Microsoft still doesn't have a working update solution.

Compare this with most linux distributions. The updates can run in the background, the update process is often significantly faster and finishes in a few minutes and finally I don't need to reboot unless the kernel is updated.

Another note for people unfamiliar with linux: Even in the case of a kernel update you can just reboot whenever. There's nothing prompting you or forcing you to do it at any specific time.

Windows update is definitely my #1 reason to switch to linux.

Laughs in Linux.

... but your laughs are logged in binary format by systemd, so no-one can share your joy ;)

FreeBSD forever :)

Have you tried settting your internet connection to metered? https://www.howtogeek.com/226722/how-when-and-why-to-set-a-c...

I read about that method too, but unfortunately doesn't work if you're connected via ethernet.

Take heart! It doesn't help for these forced updates, either. Mine has "partially downloaded" as of this week, and now keeps forgetting that I have a valid copy of Windows at all - it floats an "Activate Windows now!" watermark in the corner of my screen until I try to manually download the rest of the update. :/

Couldn't you just disable the Windows Update service?

Seems to work fine for me and then you can update manually with a tool like http://www.windowsupdatesdownloader.com/ or maybe http://www.wsusoffline.net/

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