Here are a few dirty secret network administrators who don’t want you to know: When you say “something happened” to your computer, there’s a good chance we don’t believe you. You’ll swear you didn’t click anything, didn’t press a button, or did that one thing. As troubled maintainers, we’ll agree that computers are evil and often do things spontaneously.
But more often than not, we are convinced that you clicked on something and everything that happened was self-made. Sure, we might blame the problem on something Microsoft did — while we think to ourselves, “You really clicked on something.” (Often, only when we can see what you’re looking for on your computer system, or review log files, can we determine what really happened.)
Then there are times when enough people describe similar behaviors often that we really believe something is going on.
Case in point: Microsoft update behavior. Let’s start by pushing Microsoft KB5005463 – PC Health Checkup App – on Windows 10 devices. It even installs on PCs that don’t have the necessary processor to support Windows 11. To add insult to injury, the PC Health tool is not installable through the regular update history panel. ; You have to browse through the apps and features to find and remove them from your system. This is not an update that is being offered, it is an update that is clearly being pushed. Since most users are probably not running Windows 11-enabled PCs, adding the tool only removes that fact in our faces.
It sounds a little, well, pushy.
Here are the interesting reports I’ve seen about installing Windows 11 on systems where the user has not consented to the installation. (Yes, there were cases where people signed up for the Microsoft Insider Program and had Windows 11 installed. It seems that the user inadvertently agreed to the update. But in other cases, the Windows 11 install launcher is less clear.
I wrote last week about how to go back to Windows 10 if you somehow received Windows 11 and don’t want to keep it. I have inadvertently urged anyone who has received Windows 11 to contact me. There have been a number of responses from readers; In one case, the poster said, “Windows 11 starts installing without user input.” Another user said that he clicked the “Check for Updates” button, which installed Windows 11.
And herein lies my recommendation for those who don’t want updates — specifically, Windows 11 — that irritate your computing experience. I have a rule in debugging: Never click on the Check for Updates option in Windows 10. Doing so actually means if there are any updates ready to be installed, go ahead and install them. It can be confusing, especially for those using Windows 7, as you can simply check for updates and review patches. In Windows 10, unless you’ve set feature delays, any time you click “Check for Updates,” you’ll receive updates that Microsoft considers “Preview updates” — non-security fixes Microsoft releases before the next month for administrators to test. Most of the time, these preview updates are harmless. But it may not be tested as you would like, which is why I don’t recommend installing it.
Guidelines for IT Professionals
For IT administrators who want to make sure that users can’t override your settings and install Windows 11, know that if your devices are managed by Windows Software Update Services, SCCM, or other patch management tools, Windows 11 won’t even be served to your managed systems. You need to make a concerted effort to deploy Windows 11 in those environments. But in this age of working from home, where some computers aren’t managed and are instead patched via a Windows update, you can make an extra tweak to your remote fleet.
You can push a registry key that will remove access to the Check for Updates button so that end users can’t accidentally click on it:
HKEY_Local_Machine التسجيل registry hive
Registry path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
set the value name
Value type REG_DWORD
Possible value 1
(Note, you will need to add this dword registry key or add it using registry deployment tools.)
The Check for Updates button will now turn gray. If you want to re-enable it, simply remove the SetDisableUXWUAccess key and the button will be available again.
For business users who want to install Windows 11, I still highly recommend you to wait at least a few months to allow any bugs to be fixed. This is the time to Tests Windows 11, not published.
Microsoft is hosting the annual Ignite IT Professional Conference this week, and many of the sessions focus on using, deploying, and managing Windows 11 systems. Many of the sessions are being recorded and will be on-demand to watch later. This would be a good time to start reviewing all sessions on Windows 11 from Ignite to learn more and start testing Windows 11.
If you are a user who inadvertently received Windows 11 and did not click anything, I ask you again to contact me at email@example.com; I would really like to see what happened. Windows 11 is meant to be offered – not paid for – for eligible PCs.
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