Use the same rationale and stick with Win 7....even after support for it ends.
Sadly, I no longer have a copy of Win 7, and I'm not about to purchase another now. Besides, the places I've checked are selling Win 7 for prices well above those of Win 10. Even Win 8.1 sells for up to a $100 more than Win 10.
With any OS....if you manage to have a STABLE version [a rarity] you can lock out any updating and live happy.
I have disabled Windows Update and my current version of Win 10 is stable, without major issues, so I'm as happy as I'm going to be. Win 10 is not my most favourite OS, but it's allowing me to do what I need/want to.
Only proviso....malware exploiting/development is likely to eventually turn things to poo...but safe practices can stop that as well.
There's always the threat of that without security updates, which is why I check regularly for patches, etc, and install them manually as required. Safe practices obviously help prevent getting malware, but I prefer to be doubly sure, just in case there's an uninvited drive-by.
Hi! Anyone remember me? LOL I haven't been on here in forever....why? Because Windows did an update and crashed my computer! No one could seem to fix it so I finally got another and here I am. So, I need to know how to turn off those auto-updates please!
Hi MouseGoddess, it's good to see you again. Sorry to hear about your computer going down after getting iffy updates. Sadly, it seems to be a common occurrence of late, among other things... like data loss and programs no longer working, etc..
There are several programs available which block auto updates, but the one I'm currently using is 'Win10 Spy Disabler v 1.4'. Here are some other options over a majorgeeks.com.
If you try Win10 Spy Disabler, go to the 'Experts Only' tab. Disable Windows Update is halfway down the page. Oh, and don't worry about the 'Experts Only' tag, there's nothing scary in there, and if you only disable updates you'll have nothing to worry about. I do, however, recommend checking Windows Update regularly for security patches and manually installing those as necessary.
If you try another option after looking through them, would you please post findings here and give your thoughts on it. Thanks! It would help others who are having issues.