How to use the Show or hide updates tool to stop a Windows 10 update

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Knowing how to stop a Windows 10 update with the “Show or hide updates” tool can save you a lot of trouble if an automatic download causes system instability or crashes. Microsoft developed the “Show or hide updates” tool to fix existing issues caused by faulty updates or drivers and give users back control over what gets installed in Windows 10. Read this tutorial to learn how to get and use this tool, which lets you stop some Windows update processes from starting automatically on your computer or device:

First things first: About stopping a Windows 10 update or driver

Microsoft’s approach is aggressive when it comes to the drivers, features, and security updates in Windows 10. By default, the operating system automatically downloads and installs all updates, which, in theory, sounds like a great idea, that should help everything run smoothly. However, each Windows 10 PC is different, and certain updates and drivers can interfere with it in unexpected ways, causing issues and crashes.

While the option to delay updates in Windows 10 is built into the operating system, it only helps block harmful and unwanted updates or drivers for a limited amount of time. So, Microsoft created the “Show or hide updates” tool as a more permanent solution. You can now uninstall the problematic update or the buggy driver from your PC and use this tool to stop Windows 10 from downloading and installing it again. Alternatively, you could also revert your operating system to an earlier state with System Restore first.

Once that’s done, continue reading to find out how to get and use “Show or hide updates” on your Windows computer or device.

TIP: We also created The complete guide to Windows 10 updates if you want to learn more on the subject.

How to get the Show or hide updates tool

If you want to decide which drivers and updates get installed on your Windows 10 computer or device, the first step is downloading the “Show or hide updates” tool. Click or tap here to get the “Show or hide updates” troubleshooter from the Microsoft Download Center. As seen below, the resulting wushowhide.diagcab tool is a small utility of only 45.6KB. When prompted, save the file to a safe location in case you need it again in the future.

Save the file needed to show or hide updates in Windows 10

Opening the wushowhide.diagcab launches the troubleshooter, and you can then use it to show or hide updates in Windows 10.

Launch the file to show or hide updates in Windows 10

How to hide updates in Windows 10 with the Show or hide updates tool

Opening the tool reveals the familiar Windows troubleshooter interface. To begin the process of hiding updates from your Windows 10 PC or device, click or tap Next.

Launch the Show or hide updates tool in Windows 10 and press Next

The utility starts checking for any available Windows 10 updates, including security, app, and driver updates. Give it a moment to finish searching.

Let the troubleshooter search for available updates in Windows 10

When the tool finishes detecting problems, it reveals two available options: Hide updates and “Show hidden updates. To block one or more Windows, app, or driver updates from being installed in Windows 10, press Hide updates.

Show or hide updates in Windows 10

You can now see a list of all the updates that can be blocked. Click or tap to select any updates you want to hide to select them. This prevents Windows 10 from installing them automatically. When you are done, press Next.

Check the box next to the update you want to stop from installing

The “Show or hide updates” tool needs a bit of time to mark the selected updates as hidden. As such, they are skipped from being installed on your Windows 10 device. When it’s done, the troubleshooter lists the updates that were blocked, letting you know they were Fixed, as seen below.

Any Windows 10 update you stop is displayed as fixed

That was it! If you want to see more details about the blocked updates, click or tap on the “View detailed information” link at the bottom. When you’re finished, close the troubleshooter. The selected updates you hid are now blocked from installing on your system, at least until Microsoft releases new versions for them.

Bonus: Use the Show or hide updates tool to unblock Windows 10 updates

If you already blocked some Windows 10 updates but, in the meantime, you changed your mind and want to install them, the “Show or hide updates” tool can unblock them, making them available again through Windows Update. Run wushowhide.diagcab and press Next, as illustrated in the previous chapter. Click or tap “Show hidden updates” to begin the process of unhiding them from your Windows 10 PC.

Show previously hidden updates in Windows 10

The troubleshooter lists all the currently hidden updates. Select the ones you want to unblock and press Next.

Select the hidden updates you want to show again and install in Windows 10

Wait for a few moments for the tool to finish, and then close it. The next time Windows 10 checks for updates, it automatically downloads and installs the ones you unblocked as well.

Which Windows 10 updates or drivers did you block?

The “Show or hide updates” tool provided by Microsoft is a simple, non-intrusive way to block any automatic updates you want. We think it should be included in Windows 10, especially considering the significant number of reports about troublesome updates. Before closing this tutorial, we would like to know what you think. Do you consider the “Show or hide updates” troubleshooter a valuable tool in Windows 10? Which bad update or drivers did you block? Share your story below, and let’s discuss.

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