automatic updates

Can I Defer the Windows Automatic Update?

windows 10

Episode 1801

Doug from Magnolia, TX

Tom has a Dell computer with a jittery mouse. He discovered that the Windows 20H2 update was the cause. So he removed it. Leo says that worked, but eventually, Tom is going to have to reinstall it to move forward. So he reinstalled H2, and his mouse problem returned. Leo says that 21H1 is coming, and there's a chance it may fix the issue. Can he stop Microsoft from updating Windows? Leo says he can by going into the setup and select "I have a metered internet connection." That will defer automatic updates. But sooner or later he will have to. Rollback 20H2, and then update with 21H1.

Is my router safe?

Netgear Nighthawk AC2300

Episode 1500

Heidi from Santa Monica, CA

Heidi is worried about the Russian VPN Filter hack. She bought a Netgear router to replace it. Is she safe? Leo says that some Netgear models aren't protected, but if she installs the latest firmware, she should be OK, and NetGear does update routers automatically.

How can I get out of an update loop?

Episode 1291

Greg from Wisconsin

Greg was watching a live video stream and got a notification to update Windows and now it's in a loop and won't update. Leo says he's seen that issue. This is a case where running the updates manually is a better option. He can set his updates to 'manual' in Windows' settings. This is a good idea especially since Windows now updates to version 10 automatically without consent.