Microsoft changed its policy when it comes to the way we receive Windows and driver updates in Windows 10. They are now all automatically downloaded and installed on our systems, and there's little we can do to prevent that. However, Microsoft also released a small tool that we can use to block updates from being installed. It's not a solution to completely block all the updates you'll receive in the future, but it can prove quite useful when one update package causes problems you want to avoid. If you want to find out where to get this tool and how to use it to block unwanted updated for Windows 10, read this article:
Why Would You Want An Updates Blocking Tool In Windows 10?
As we mentioned before, Windows 10 doesn't let you control if and what updates will get downloaded and installed on your device. This approach has both advantages and disadvantages:
- Microsoft is making sure that most of the Windows 10 devices out there are running the latest version of their operating system. In perfect conditions, this means most of us will receive better security and the latest features developed by Microsoft.
- If a Windows or driver update should prove to be faulty and cause issues or crashes on a device, there's not much you can do, and knowing that the problem was created by Windows 10's updates will only make you more angry.
Considering the diversity and the sheer number of Windows 10 devices, the second scenario is likely to happen to more than just a few users. That's why, it's a very good idea to have a tool for blocking the reinstallation of Windows or driver updates in Windows 10.
Where To Get The "Show Or Hide Updates" Tool
The Windows & drivers updates blocking tool from Microsoft is named "Show or hide updates" and it is distributed as troubleshooting application. You can find the official support page and download link here: How to temporarily prevent a Windows or driver update from reinstalling in Windows 10. If you want to go straight to downloading it, click or tap this link.
The actual tool is a small executable file of only 45.5KB, named wushowhide.diagcab.
How To Use The "Show Or Hide Updates" Tool To Block Windows Or Driver Updates From Installing In Windows 10
Once you have downloaded the "Show or hide updates" tool, double click or tap on it to launch it. As you can see below, its interface is similar to any other Windows troubleshooter from Microsoft.
To begin the process of hiding or unhiding Windows updates from your Windows 10 device, all you have to do is click or tap Next.
The tool will start checking for your Windows and driver updates.
After a short while, it will end the search process and you'll get two options to choose from: Hide updates or Show hidden updates. To block one or more Windows or driver updates from being installed on your Windows 10 system, select the first option: Hide updates.
The tool will show you a list with all the available updates. Click or tap to select each update you want to hide (block from installing) and then click or tap on Next.
The "Show or hide updates" tool will need a bit of time to mark all the selected updates as hidden. As such, they will be skipped from installation on your Windows 10 device.
When done, the tool will provide you a list with all the updates that were blocked.
If you want to see more details about the blocked updates, click or tap on the View detailed information link on the bottom of the window.
This action will give you the detailed report of everything the "Show or hide updates" troubleshooter did.
All there is left for you to do now is to close the tool. As we mentioned before, the updates you hid are now blocked from installing on your system, at least until Microsoft releases new versions of them.
How To Use The "Show Or Hide Updates" Tool To Unblock (Show) Windows Or Driver Updates In Windows 10
If you already blocked some Windows or drivers updates but, in the meantime, you changed your mind and want them to install on your Windows 10 system, you can use the "Show or hide updates" tool to unblock them.
Start the "Show or hide updates" troubleshooter and select "Show hidden updates".
Then, select the updates you want to unblock - those that you want Windows 10 to install again, automatically.
The following options are the same as the ones we showed in the previous section of this guide. You'll get to see which updates were unblocked, and you can check detailed information about what exactly the tool did. When done, you can close the troubleshooter.
The next time when your Windows 10 computer or device will check for available updates, it will automatically install the ones you unblocked.
Whether the policy for managing updates in Windows 10 is good or bad, that's still under dispute. But, whether we like it or not, it's here. Fortunately, the "Show or hide updates" tool provided by Microsoft is one way of blocking troublesome updates. Even if it's quite a cumbersome solution, for now it's the only viable way of stopping bad updates from our Windows 10 systems. What's your opinion on Microsoft's approach about Windows 10 updates? And what do you think about this tool? We'd love to hear from you on this matter, so please feel free to use the comments form below.