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[Tip] How to Change Fonts of Menus, Dialog Box and Other Text in Windows 8 and Later
SUMMARY: This tutorial will help you in changing the default “Segoe UI” font of various menus, context (right-click) menus, dialog boxes and other visible text in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. You'll be able to change the font to any other desired font such as Tahoma, Verdana, Times New Roman, Arial, etc.
In Windows 7 and earlier Windows versions, users were able to change the font style, font size and font color of different menus and dialog boxes using Advanced appearance settings which was a part of Desktop Personalization (or Desktop Properties) window as shown in following image:
But in Windows 8 and later Windows versions, Microsoft removed the advanced appearance settings feature and now users can't change the font style or color. The only option which is still available to users is customizing the font size. You can change the font size of menus, message boxes, icons, title bars, etc using Display settings as mentioned in following tutorials:
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The above tutorial also tells you about Registry tweaks which can be used to customize various colors, icon size, buttons size and other UI elements which were a part of the good ol' advanced appearance settings feature.
Although Microsoft has removed the option to change default fonts of menus and dialog boxes in Windows 8/8.1/10, you can still change the font using a simple Registry tweak. Today in this tutorial, we are going to share a Registry trick which can be used to change the font of menus, dialog boxes and other visible text in Windows 8 and later.
Actually Windows keeps an entry of all installed fonts in Registry Editor under “Fonts” key. This Registry key contains several Strings containing the installed font's .ttf file name as its value and if a font's entry is not found under “Fonts” key, Windows looks for its substitute font in “FontSubstitutes” key.
Since Windows 8 and later use “Segoe UI” font as default font everywhere, we are going to remove its entry from “Fonts” key in Registry which will make this font unavailable for Windows use. After that we'll set our desired font such as Tahoma, Verdana, etc as the substitute font for “Segoe UI” using “FontSubstitutes” key. When Windows will not find entry of “Segoe UI” font in “Fonts” key, it'll look for its substitute in “FontSubstitutes” key and then it'll start using our desired font to display text in all areas instead of the “Segoe UI” font.
Following image shows the default “Segoe UI” font being used everywhere in Windows 8 and later:
Following image shows custom “Tahoma” font being used everywhere in Windows 8 and later:
So if you also want to change the default “Segoe UI” font to other desired font in Windows 8 and later, check out following simple steps:
Press WIN+R keys together to launch RUN dialog box. Now type regedit in RUN and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.
Now we'll remove “Segoe UI” font entry from “Fonts” key in Registry. To remove all entries of “Segoe UI” font, go to following key in Registry Editor:
In right-side pane, scroll down and look for Segoe UI font entries. You'll find several entries for Segoe UI font variants such as Segoe UI, Segoe UI Black, Segoe UI Bold, etc.
Double-click on each Segoe UI string and empty its value data field i.e. delete the .ttf font name from its value data field and make the value data field blank.
Don't change value data field of Segoe UI Emoji, Segoe UI Historic and Segoe UI Symbol fonts as these fonts are used to show some icons and smileys in some UI areas.
You can safely empty value data field of following Segoe UI font variants:
Segoe UI Black
Segoe UI Black Italic
Segoe UI Bold
Segoe UI Bold Italic
Segoe UI Italic
Segoe UI Light
Segoe UI Light Italic
Segoe UI Semibold
Segoe UI Semibold Italic
Segoe UI Semilight
Segoe UI Semilight Italic
Just double-click on each Segoe UI font entry and delete the value present in value data field which will make the value data field empty.
PS: Before deleting the value you can note it down somewhere in case you want to restore the default font in future.
Now we'll set the font substitute for “Segoe UI”. Go to following key in Registry Editor:
In right-side pane, right-click and select “New -> String Value” option. Set its name as Segoe UI and set its value to your desired font name. For example, if you want to change the default “Segoe UI” font to Tahoma font, then set the value of Segoe UI string to Tahoma. You just need to find out name of desired font and then set the same name as the value of Segoe UI string in Registry.
That's it. Restart your computer and get ready to enjoy your desired font in all menus, context menus, dialog boxes and other text in Windows.
If you decide to restore default “Segoe UI” font in future, simply restore default values of all Segoe UI font variants in “Fonts” key and delete the “Segoe UI” string created inside “FontSubstitutes” key in Registry. We have also provided a ready-made Registry script to automatically restore default settings and values in Registry below for your convenience.
If you are not comfortable with Registry editing tasks and found the tutorial complicated, we are also sharing a ready-made Registry script which will do the whole task automatically. You just need to download following ZIP file, extract the ZIP file using 7-Zip or any other file archive utility and then run the “Change Default Font in Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10.REG” file. It'll ask for confirmation, accept it. Restart your computer to take effects:
Download Registry Script to Change Default Font in Windows 8 and Later
This Registry script will change the default font to Tahoma. If you want to change the font to any other desired font, right-click on the “Change Default Font in Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10.REG” file and select Edit option. It'll open the Registry script file in Notepad. Now go to the end of the file and replace Tahoma word with your desired font name such as Verdana, Arial, etc. Save the file and run the .REG file. Reboot your system to take effects.
In future if you decide to restore default “Segoe UI” font in Windows, you can run “Restore Default Font in Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10.REG” file included in the ZIP file. After running the REG file restart your computer and it'll restore the default look in Windows menus, dialog boxes, etc.
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Back in January, Microsoft made a rather surprising announcement that it was changing the support model for older operating systems running on the latest Skylake hardware. As part of the announcement, going forward, the latest processors and chipsets would only be supported on the current version of Windows. As of now, and for the foreseeable future, that means new chips will only be supported on Windows 10.
This was a surprise because both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are still in their “extended support” phase, and generally that means the operating system is left as is, but security updates are done until the end of extended support. For businesses especially, many had just finished their Windows 7 upgrade and there was not necessarily a big push to start over again. But at the same time, workstations need to be replaced. As a slight reprieve, Microsoft said in January that they would provide a list of computers that would have support for Skylake until July 2017. Since then, the list has been made available here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/skylake-support
There was some ambiguity about the initial notification though. After July 2017, patches that are found to cause an issue with Skylake systems would be excluded from certain security patches. But what that meant exactly wasn’t stated. Today Microsoft has both extended the diary date for the end of support, as well as provided a bit more clarity on what will happen after.
First, the new end of support for the listed computers is now July 17, 2018. That is a one-year extension over the initial date. The initial 2017 date was so short that I’m sure Microsoft got some not so friendly responses from their largest enterprise customers who are most certainly going to have Skylake systems running Windows 7. July 2018 should be enough time for actual planning and testing to be done.
Second, all critical patches will be addressed for Skylake systems until the end of mainstream support for the operating system, which is January 2020 for Windows 7, and January 2023 for Windows 8.1. This clears up the odd wording previously announced, and means that if you have to continue running Windows 7 on the approved machines after July 2018, you won’t be left vulnerable to a security issue that is already patched.
What is not changing is the stance on future hardware. When the latest AMD and Intel processors are released, they will only be supported on Windows 10. But at least this policy is laid out ahead of time, instead of them changing the policy half way through support. Pray they don’t alter it any further.
There’s a big difference between something capable of running Windows 7 and something that is supported running Windows 7, especially when you have critical infrastructure. Future hardware may run just fine on Windows 7 if you can put up with issues like Ian had installing Windows 7 on a new Skylake system when he was forced to use an optical disk. For business, they likely want to stick to the supported methods unless they have ambitious IT departments.
Source: TechNet Blog
[Review] Samsung Galaxy S6 with Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update
Recently Samsung started rolling-out Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow (MM) update to S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Note 5, S5, etc devices and I also got the same update in my Galaxy S6 phone. Update was huge in size around 1.2 GB and it took a few minutes in downloading as well as installing.
The upgrade experience was smooth and after upgrading the phone, the new refreshing UI of Marshmallow and overall experience is awesome.
Samsung has changed lots of things in the user interface such as notification panel color, headers colors in various apps, etc. The company has also added some new features to the firmware which I'm going to describe in this topic.
NOTE: The features, options and UI changes mentioned in this article will be same in almost all Samsung smartphones which have been or will be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. Even the recently released Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge come with similar UI and features.
So without wasting time lets start the review of Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone with Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow update:
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New Lock Screen:
First thing you'll notice after the update is the one more extra Lock Screen before the actual security lock screen. I mean if you have enabled a security lock such as pattern lock, pin code, password or fingerprint, the phone no longer shows that lock screen directly. Instead it first shows the traditional swipe to unlock screen and then the security lock screen appears to unlock the phone.
In previous firmware versions, the main lock screen was directly shown. There was no extra swipe to unlock screen. If you have set a security lock on the phone, the extra screen before lock screen might become annoying to you. Its similar experience as we see Lock Screen and then Login Screen in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Although we can disable that lock screen in Windows OS as mentioned here but Samsung has not provided any option to disable that extra Lock Screen in Settings. I hope they'll add an option to turn it off in future updates.
Light Colored Notification Panel:
The new light colored Notification Panel looks excellent. Now Samsung has added a direct drop-down button to expand the icons list and directly show all toggle icons on screen.
If you notice, S Finder has been added as a toggle button in the notification panel. Previously it was available at the bottom of notification panel along with Quick Connect option.
New Power Options Screen:
Samsung has added an awesome looking power options screen which appears when you press and hold power or lock buttons for a few seconds.
Now the power options open in full screen and provide power off, restart and emergency mode options on the list. When you tap on an option such as restart, it shows another screen to ask for confirmation.
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New Option to Enable/Disable Icons Background Color:
Samsung has added a new option to enable or disable shaded background behind icons on home screen and apps screen. You can access this new option from Settings -> Display -> Icon backgrounds.
You can either show the icons only or show a background behind icons with rounded corner.
New Option to Keep Screen Turned Off in Pockets or Bags:
Samsung has added a new option to prevent the phone screen turning on accidentally while the device is in dark places such as your pocket or bags. The new option can be turned on/off from Settings -> Display -> Keep screen turned off.
Smart Manager and Home Screen Added to Settings List:
Samsung has added Smart Manager and Home Screen customization options directly to Settings screen. Now you can access them easily and directly from Settings app or using traditional ways.
“Motions and Gestures” Renamed as “Advanced Features” in Settings:
Samsung has renamed previous “Motions and Gestures” option in Settings to “Advanced Features” which now contains previous 4 options direct call, smart alert, easy mute, palm swipe to capture along with some new options such as quick launch camera, pop-up view gesture and smart capture.
New Option to Turn Off Charger Connect Sound:
When you connect the charger to the phone, it plays a sound clip. Now you can turn off that sound with the help of a new option added to Settings -> Sounds and vibration -> Charging sounds.
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New Option to Disable or Change Phone and Camera Icons on Lock Screen:
When the phone is locked and you try to unlock the phone, it shows 2 icons “Phone” and “Camera” at the bottom-left and bottom-right corners of the Lock Screen respectively. Now Samsung has added a new option to either disable the icons or replace them with other desired app shortcuts.
You can access the new option from Settings -> Lock screen and security -> Info and app shortcuts -> App shortcuts. Here you can customize both left and right shortcuts according to your requirement.
New “Reset Network Settings” Option in Settings:
Samsung has added a new option “Reset Network Settings” in Settings -> Backup and reset page.
New Option to Enable/Disable Fast Charging Feature:
Samsung Galaxy series new smartphones come with fast charging feature which charges the phone very quickly when you connect the fast charger which came bundled with the phone. Now Samsung has added a new option to turn fast charging feature off if you are facing any problem with fast charging feature such as phone is getting hot, etc.
The new option can be accessed from Settings -> Battery -> Fast cable charging.
New “Auto Factory Reset” Feature in Settings:
That's an excellent addition in the new firmware. Samsung has added a new option to enable automatic phone reset functionality if someone tries to unlock the phone incorrectly 15 times.
The new option can be found in Settings -> Lock screen and security -> Secure lock settings -> Auto factory reset.
Its a good feature and might become very useful if someone steals your phone, tries to unlock the phone incorrectly 15 times which is quite obvious. In such situation the phone will reset automatically to factory settings and will remove all your personal data, downloaded files, installed apps, etc.
Redesigned Storage Screen in Settings:
Samsung has redesigned the phone memory page which is shown when you go to Settings -> Storage option. Now it looks clean and also provides a new option “Explore” at the bottom to directly launch File Manager app.
Redesigned Phone Software Updates Screen in Settings:
Samsung has also redesigned “Software Update” page in Settings. Previously it was available under Settings -> About device -> Software updates. Now the updates option have been directly moved on About phone page. Also the options have been renamed to “Download updates manually” and “Download updates automatically”.
It also shows whether there is any scheduled updates available or not.
Redesigned Applications Manager Screen in Settings:
Samsung has also revamped Apps manager screen. Previously when you accessed Applications Manager using Settings -> Applications -> Application manager option, it used to show different tabs such as downloaded, running, all and disabled apps.
Now the new Application Manager contains a drop-down menu which can be used to switch between all apps and enabled/disabled apps.
Hidden Secret Easter Egg As Usual:
Similar to previous Android versions, this new Android 6.0 Marshmallow version also comes with a hidden secret Easter egg. This time Google has continued the previous Flappy Bird game present in 5.0 Lollipop firmware with some new graphics.
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Some More Small Changes and Updates:
Apart from the above mentioned noticeable changes, Samsung has also modified a few other things such as the option to turn “Flipboard briefing” on/off has been changed from a checkbox to a toggle button, etc.
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That's all guys. I found the above mentioned changes and updates worth to mention. If you are aware of any other new feature or change, feel free to share it in your comment…
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In June of 2015, Microsoft launched a special update that was supposed to make upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 much easier. What has ensued is a piece of code that gets updated regularly and when updated leaves a wake of angry customer complaints about being forced to upgrade.
The update, KB3035583, has been updated again. Not much is known about this latest revision, but so far there haven’t been any additional reports of forced upgrades. However, it’s important to note that each time its updated, it re-enables the upgrade functionality. Windows users, along with a lot of administrators tasked with managing business computers, have taken to modifying the Windows registry or using 3rd party applications to block the upgrade. So, when KB3035583 is updated and resets itself, they have to go back and reapply the blocking mechanisms.
I think it’s safe to say that someday everyone will run some iteration of Windows 10, but customers like to do it on their own terms, through their own choices. It’s less empowering thinking that a vendor thinks they own what a customer paid good money for – except that Windows 10 is a free offering for now.
I think it’s important to remember that Microsoft’s “free Windows” upgrade promotion for Windows 10 ends in July of this year (a year from the moment it was originally made public). So, we should expect KB3035583 to reappear in Windows Update a few more times before then.
But, wait…there's probably more…
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There are many cloud services that allow you to upload and download your data from anywhere and Box is yet another multi-platform solution with a native Box app for Windows 8. Box is already incredibly popular, with around 25 million users and 225,000 companies using it, including many Fortune 500 companies. Box offers a wealth
If you’d asked us what the best antivirus product on the market was we’d tell you hands down that you should use Microsoft Security Essentials. It’s the most un-intrusive, lightweight and simple product available that doesn’t prompt you to upgrade to a paid version since it’s built by Microsoft. Alas, it looks like Microsoft has
Microsoft said today that it has tweaked its support options for customers who want to run the latest Intel Skylake processors on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Microsoft will extend its specialized support options for a year and offer more updates to those customers when its specialized support period expires.
A convoluted history
These are likely welcome changes to what Microsoft set up in January, when the company outlined a plan to provide specialized support for business customers who wanted to buy a PC powered by Intel's latest Skylake processor, but who also wanted to stick with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Microsoft agreed to support dozens of specific PCs, including gaming PCs from companies like Dell.
After July 2017, though, that support would end — save for only the most critical updates — and customers were expected to move to Windows 10. That was much too soon for enterprises, most of whom have only recently migrated to Windows 7.
The idea, from Microsoft's perspective, was that the growing gap between the aging Windows 7 OS and the latest Skylake hardware offered many opportunities for bugs and other failures, and they would only increase over time. Pushing customers to Windows 10 at the end of that transitional period would help mitigate this.
But after customer backlash, the support period for Windows 7/8.1 on Skylake will now end a year later, on July 17, 2018. After that, Microsoft said all critical security updates will be targeted for Skylake systems until extended support ends, a softening of the “most critical” language Microsoft used previously.
Keeping the customer happy
Jeremy Korst, the general manager of Windows marketing, said the company has “received feedback” on how it had handled the previous rollout — negative feedback, presumably. “A key part of this update was our commitment to continuing to lead with a customer-first approach,” he wrote in a blog post.
Customers, though, quickly picked up on the differences: Why did support for Skylake systems end in 2017, especially when extended support for Windows 7 on the previous Broadwell systems ended in 2020? And what did this “most critical” language actually mean for the updates those Skylake systems received? Older versions of Windows Server also runs on Skylake, but without the tangle of support options.
All these questions undoubtedly influenced Microsoft's revised stance. “This guidance is designed to help our customers purchase modern hardware with confidence, while continuing to manage their migrations to Windows 10,” Korst wrote.
This story, “Microsoft relents, extending support for Skylake PCs with older Windows versions” was originally published by PCWorld.
Last Tuesday, Microsoft dropped an enormous number of seemingly innocuous patches — seven for .Net running on Windows Embedded, plus 40 separate nonsecurity patches. There's a full list on AskWoody.com.
The next day poster Opskito complained that he was seeing an update on his PC that wasn't included in the list. Identified as KB 3103709, there was no KB article for the patch (which, alas, isn't uncommon). More perplexing, the patch wasn't mentioned on Microsoft's main Windows Update list.
A week later, there's still no KB article and no entry on the Windows Update list. The patch apparently only appears on Windows 8.1 systems and it's Optional, unchecked.
Here's where things get weird.
On the Microsoft Answers forum, in a post enigmatically titled “Is Update KB 3103709 fake?” poster skepticaluser_2016 reported a transcript of a conversation with “Judy D” at Microsoft Tech Support that includes this enlightening exchange:
Skepticaluser_2016: I'm reluctant to install the update since there is no information regarding it on the Microsoft website
Judy D: Okay… Actually this is a free upgrade to everyone. If you are using win 8.1 now, you are one of the qualified to upgrade your PC to windows 10… To check if the update is already installed, go to the Start screen. If you see a Search button near your account name at the top of the Start screen, you already have the update.
Skepticaluser_2016: So this update is the beginning of the install for Windows 10?
Judy D: Yes… The update is gradually rolling out to everyone with a PC running Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1 over a period of several weeks. If you get automatic updates but you don't see the update yet, wait a few days and check again.
Skepticaluser_2016: Ok, thank you. I'm glad I asked. I already went down that road and had to format my computer because Windows 10 made it effectively unusable.
Judy D:That's awesome:)
There's some speculation in the thread that skepticaluser_2016 was, in fact, conversing with a bot (maybe AlphaGo moonlighting?), but the possibilities are frightening — especially for folks who have been rickrolled by the Get Windows 10 juggernaut.
There's a German-language post from Spike2 on Borncity that says (auto-translated by Google and edited for legibility):
KB 3103709 seems to be an update for Microsoft's Active Directory Services, more precisely “NTDSAI” and “DSPARSE” because it includes changes to Windows 8.1 ntdsai.dll and dsparse.dll… That's what I found out by downloading (without installing) followed by unzipping and viewing the accompanying XML and manifest files.
I had one report about a pop-up appearing on some PCs with KB 3103709 (the description was unclear). If there is a pop-up that refers to KB 3103709 floating around, it most certainly is not a Windows patch.
That's where the trail ends. Have you seen anything reliable about this patch?
We have talked in length about the WinSXS folder back in 2010 and how it comes up regularly as one of the largest folder on the computer when storage is analyzed using tools like WizTree.
Windows Explorer and third-party programs report a size of several Gigabyte at the very least, but the count can go up to ten and more Gigabyte depending on the system it is analyzed on.
WinSXS, the full path is c:WindowsWinSXS, contains files that are required for servicing operations such as the installation of updates, service packs or hotfixes.
According to Microsoft, the component store contains ” all the files that are required for a Windows installation”, and since it also holds files added by updates, it grows over time on all systems.
The size of the folder is not reported correctly however if you use Windows Explorer or third-party tools like WizTree to analyze its size.
The reason for that is that it contains hardlinks which Explorer and third-party tools don't take into consideration when calculating the WinSXS folder's size (they count the hardlinked files even though they don't reside in the WinSXS folder).
These hardlinks point to files in other Windows directories, for instance c:Windowssystem32.
Analyzing the WinSXS Folder
A proper way to analyze the Windowsx component store directory is to use dism.exe. Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) was introduced by Microsoft in Windows Vista and has been part of new versions of Windows ever since.
Update: Please note that the commands will only work on Windows 8 or newer machines.
Here is what you need to do to analyze the WinSXS Folder:
Tap on the Windows-key, type cmd.exe, hold down Shift and Ctrl, and hit the enter key on the keyboard. This opens an elevated command prompt on the system.
Run the command dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /AnalyzeComponentStore
The parameter /Online refers to the current installation, and /Cleanup-Image /AnaylzeComponentStore to analyzing the current component store of that installation (the WinSXS folder).
You can list all available commands using dism.exe /?, and subsequently dism.exe /Online /? and dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /?.
The command runs a scan that takes a moment to complete. It echoes the Windows Explorer size and actual size to the command prompt window, and gives recommendations whether it makes sense to run a cleanup operation.
Windows runs a cleanup regularly using the Task Scheduler. You can check if that is the case on your machine in the following way:
Tap on the Windows-key, type Task Scheduler and hit enter.
Navigate to Task Scheduler (local) > Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > Servicing > StartComponentCleanup
You can run the cleanup operation manually at any time using the following command using an elevated command prompt:
dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
It is usually not necessary to run a cleanup unless the AnalyzeComponentStore analysis recommends it.
You can however use Disk Cleanup to free up disk space, and run an analysis afterwards to remove files from the WinSXS folder that are no longer required.
Now You: How big is your system's WinSXS folder?
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Reports are coming in by users from around the world on sites like Reddit that machines running Windows 7 or Windows 8 have been updated — once again — to Windows 10 automatically.
They report that the update was automated, and that they did not receive any prompt or option to stop the process once it was in motion.
Some noticed that their machines were upgraded to the new operating system after coming back from lunch or checking their computer in the morning after leaving it turned on for the night.
This is not the first time that this happened to some users running Windows 7 or 8 on their machines. Users were experiencing the same thing in October 2015 and Microsoft apologized later on stating that the enforcement was not intended to be delivered automatically.
But the issue did not keep Microsoft from pushing Windows 10 related updates to machines running previous versions of Windows, and the company stated openly that it is “going to keep at it” even though it may be discomforting to some customers.
In February 2016 then it made Windows 10 a recommended update on Windows 7 and Windows 8.
If you don't want Windows 10, do this
The following steps are recommended to anyone who does not want to upgrade computer systems running Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10.
Step 1: Disable automatic updates
Automatic updates are convenient, as Windows will download and install critical system updates automatically.
The main issue with the setting is that you don't get any say in the matter and no option to research updates before they are installed.
Windows updates may have adverse effects on a system. We have seen in the past that they may cause all kinds of issues on a system including preventing it to boot or upgrading it to Windows 10.
So, instead of having the system set to install updates automatically, you configure it to inform you about new updates so that you can decide whether to install them or not.
Here is how that is done (the screenshots have been taken on a Windows 7 machine, but the methodology is the same on Windows 8).
Step 1: Tap on the Windows-key, type Windows Update, and hit enter.
Step 2: Click on “change settings” when the Windows Update Control Panel opens up.
Step 3: Locate the “important updates” menu on the page that opens and click on it. Switch from “install updates automatically” to “check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them”. Click on ok afterwards.
Windows will notify you about updates but won't download or install them automatically anymore.
This requires that you go through the list of updates manually whenever they are presented to you to select those you want installed.
You can use the built-in hide functionality to block the installation of updates you don't want installed on your machine.
Additionally, you may want to do the following to improve the blocking further.
Set the preferences DisableOSUpgrade and DisableGWX in the Registry to block the upgrade to Windows 10. Click on the link for instructions on how to do that.
Install the excellent GWX Control Panel application which has been designed to block Windows 10 on machines running Windows 7 or 8.
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