It is this time of the year when we actually dread when Windows will update your computer. The day before Christmas, Microsoft apparently pushed out an update that would begin to install the latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update. Yes the dreaded version 1809 that was in the news causing a lot of issues. Unfortunately, this update will begin downloading on your PC without you clicking on the “check for updates” button on your Windows Updates. Talk about invasive or intrusive and literally aggressive.
Microsoft updated the infamous KB4023814. Yes this is one of those windows KB programs that forces the updates which can cause major headaches if the updates and patches are bad to begin with but still gets installed on your computer. You might want to check if your computer has an older Windows 10 version e.g. 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709. It would try to detect if your computer has Windows 10 Update Assistant automatically. Then, you can expect to receive a notification that states that your device must have the latest security updates installed and then initiates an attempt to update your device.”
This forced update is expected to aggressively speed up the rollout soon. Although most of the quirks, issues and bugs have already been fixed, they are expecting a higher adoption rate of the software on more devices that before.
The KB article last December 24 says that this automatic process will display a dialog box to get your permission, but the text itself warns that it would initiate the update process.
Microsoft however released detailed steps to avoid the forced update. They consider these steps as a “workaround”.
If this update 4023814 is listed in View installed update history or the Windows 10 Update Assistant is shown in Programs and Features, it indicates that your computer has already installed this update 4023814 or the Windows 10 Update Assistant. Then, you can uninstall the Windows 10 Update Assistant by running the following command. It takes some minutes for the deleting process. C:\Windows10Upgrade\Windows10UpgraderApp.exe /ForceUninstall Otherwise, you can suppress the notification by manually deleting the following folders: C:\Windows\Updateassistant C:\Windows10upgrade If you cannot remove these folders, start Task Manager (taskmgr.exe), and end the UpdateAssistant.exe process and the Windows10UpgraderApp.exe process. Then, you can try to delete the folders again.
As of this writing, we are waiting for users all around the world to express what they think about the update once they get installed on their computers. The forced updates is quite new since it just got released a few days ago. As for now, it would be wise to