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Finally! - Microsoft to stop forcing Windows Updates on us

March 26, 2017

 

Auto-restarts could be a thing of the past.

In an unmistakable about-face -- and a victory for common sense -- Windows 10 will no longer automatically take control of your computer, and flip the reset switch, at the worst moments imaginable.

 

Mind you, Microsoft will still push updates, and it won't necessarily be easy to completely turn them off.

 

How it works

The Windows 10 Creators Update, your computer will no longer display itty-bitty, easy-to-ignore reminders about an upcoming update, then wrest control away from you when it's time to install.

 

Instead, you'll be greeted by a full-screen, impossible-to-ignore prompt that gives you three options: Restart Now, Pick a time or Snooze. The prompt won't go away until you pick one.

 

Even if you do nothing, and just leave the computer sitting on this screen, Windows won't force a restart. There's no countdown clock.

 

And if you pick the Snooze button -- say, because you need to get some work done on your computer -- you'll be able to snooze indefinitely.

 

Point is, Microsoft is listening right now. They heard us on forced updates and auto-restarts, and they may hear us about the next major pain point, too.

 

 

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