Prevent Windows from Automatically doing Updates

Don’t like your Windows performs automatically download, install updates and restart by itself?

Click Start and type in: ‘gpedit.msc‘.

Go to: Local Computer Policy -» Computer Configuration -» Administrative Templates -» Windows Components -» Windows Update -» Configure Automatic Updates.

Set from ‘Not Configured’ to: ‘Enabled‘.

Configure automatic updating: ‘2 – Notify for download and notify for install‘.

Click ‘Apply‘ then ‘OK‘.

See screenshot below:

Windows Automatic Update Policy

Control Panel crashes with Windows Explorer on Windows 10

So when you open Control Panel the Windows Explorer crashes?

If you have IDT Audio Drivers, use your File Explorer to get to:

C:\Windows\System32

And then remove: IDTNCPL.cpl and IDTNCPL64.cpl

Those files are remnants from the previous Windows Driver update and are safe to be removed, it has potential to crash Control Panel with the Windows Explorer (i.e. the explorer.exe process)

Tested on Windows 10 Creators Update [Version 10.0.15063]

Enable Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10

Those you who have upgraded from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 probably have Windows Photo Viewer program in Windows 10. But some users are reporting that Windows Photo Viewer has gone missing after clean installing Windows 10.

If you are missing the Windows Photo Viewer, we can bring back the classic Photo Viewer to Windows 10.

  1. Copy and paste the following registry key and save as PhotoViewer.reg :
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    ; Change Extension's File Type
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.jpg]
    @="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff"
    
    
    ; Change Extension's File Type
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.jpeg]
    @="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff"
    
    
    ; Change Extension's File Type
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.gif]
    @="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff"
    
    
    ; Change Extension's File Type
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.png]
    @="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff"
    
    
    ; Change Extension's File Type
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.bmp]
    @="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff"
    
    
    ; Change Extension's File Type
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.tiff]
    @="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff"
    
    
    ; Change Extension's File Type
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.ico]
    
    @="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff"
  2. Double-click on the saved PhotoViewer.reg file.

  3. Click Yes button when you see the following confirmation dialogue to merge it. Alternatively, you can right-click on it, and then click Merge option.

  4. Click OK button again when you get the following dialogue box and that’s it! You have just enabled the classic Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10.

  5. Optionally you can also make it default for images.