COMPUTER 101–How To Turn Off Automatic Update

The Mouse Trap
by Janis Weber

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If you have Windows 10 that was upgraded from Windows 7, you may not want to update your computer to Windows 11. It will turn your computer into a slug. For now, there is no reason to allow updates on your older computer. Believe me, if you do you will be looking at purchasing a new computer.

If you turn off automatic updates, you will be in control of any new downloads that can clog up your computer. Windows 11 will be distributed in mid-October. Windows 10 offers you the choice of when and how to get the latest updates to keep your device running smoothly and securely. If you’re not ready to get recommended updates, do the following:

Select Start Windows logo Start button > Settings Gear-shaped Settings icon > Update & Security Circular arrows Sync icon > Windows Update Circular arrows Sync icon. Select either Pause updates for 7 days or Advanced options. Then, in the Pause updates section, select the drop-down menu and specify a date for updates to resume. Note: After the pause limit is reached, you’ll need to install the latest updates before you can pause updates again.

Your device will need to restart to finish installing updates. If you’re asked to restart your device while you’re busy using it, you can schedule the restart for a more convenient time:

Select Start Windows logo Start button > Settings Gear-shaped Settings icon > Update & Security Circular arrows Sync icon > Windows Update Circular arrows Sync icon. Select Schedule the restart and choose a time that’s convenient for you. Note: You can set active hours to make sure your device only restarts for updates when you’re not using your PC.

Click inside the small circle in front of the “Turn off Automatic Updates” if you want to turn off automatic updates for Windows. Click “OK” at the bottom of the “Automatic Updates” window. Close the “Control Panel.”. You may be required to restart your computer. If you are prompted to do so, restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Can You Upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 8 or 8.1?

Good question. There is a free Windows 11 checker out there that will scan your computer and let you know if it is compatible with Windows 11. It is called Download and run it. I have a very powerful Windows 8.1 that was upgraded to Windows 10. I ran the software and it said three of the eleven requirements were not met. I would have to upgrade some of my hardware to accept the Windows 11 upgrade. 

The answer is maybe. Make sure you have more than the minimum requirements before just letting Windows 11 download. Windows 8.1 will be supported until January 10, 2023, so no hurry to run out and buy a new machine. Just don’t allow 11 in.

Back Up Your Computer

I have met three folks this summer that have lost all their pictures and documents. Gone! It hurts and most times there is nothing you can do. For just under $100 you can take your computer to a repair shop, pay the diagnostic fee then pay again for them to attempt to salvage your data. There is absolutely no guarantee but at least an option. Please, for very little money you can simply plug in an external hard drive or even flash drives to copy your data at least once a week. You can upload to a cloud. I suggest Google Drive Cloud online. They give you the most storage for free. If you have lots of files buy a 1 or 2 terabyte external drive for as little as $40. The brand is not important. I can help you get this done if you cannot figure it out. It is not really that bad. There is no warning when your computer is going to seize up or not even start. 

Sylvania Senior Center Classes
New classes with be held as soon as the center reopens. Check the SSC newsletter and website for the most current information. Included will be Windows 10 Computers Basics, Facebook, Microsoft Word, Google Docs and iPhone/iPad. If you have a topic and know some folks who are interested, call the Senior Center and ask for Susan Jennelle at 419-885-3913. Limited seating fills fast so call ASAP to reserve a spot. We are considering an Excel Club. Interested? Call the SSC.

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Janis Weber, B.A., owner of Ohio Computer Training & Support, is a professional computer adjunct instructor. E-mail any specific questions or comments to
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