How to disable preview updates


swbrains

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I was one of the unfortunate ones who had more than one computer corrupted by KB5034848 update. It cost me an entire weekend reinstalling Windows (I tried everything else to go back, uninstall updates, repair Windows, etc.) and reconfiguring applications on two machines.

Now that the two systems are running stable versions again, I paused updates so they won't be corrupted in the meantime. However, my understanding is that KB5034848 was a Preview build (the MS catalog does still list it as "2024-02 Cumulative Update Preview for Windows 11 Version 23H2)." If this is indeed true, I can't determine why it was installed on any of my machines (and it was actually installed automatically on all 4 PCs in the house). I have checked the Windows Update settings and "Get the latest updates as soon as they are available" setting is OFF on all computers. I also verified that my email address (the one used for my MS account used by all Windows installations) is NOT enrolled in the "Windows Insider Program".

So now my question is, why did my PC receive a "preview" update and how can I stop preview builds from being automatically installed in the future (aside from constantly re-pausing Windows Updates)?

Thanks!
 
Windows Build/Version
Windows 11 Home

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MinisForum NAB6
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-12650H
    Memory
    64 GB
Go to settings>windows update
toggle off "get the latest updates as soon as they are available"
This stops the Previews, but once a preview goes into release it will be automatically downloaded (usually about 2 or 3 weeks after the preview MS releases it to the masses)
While it's working with no issues, I suggest you make a system image so your can recover if it gets broken again.

\EDIT" If it ever becomes necessary for whatever reason to pause updates for longer than the 5 weeks we are allowed in settings>windows updates (I hope it doesn't) our man Brink tells us how to pause them up to 20 years
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
Thanks. As previously mentioned, I checked the Windows Update settings and "Get the latest updates as soon as they are available" setting is OFF on all computers. This is why I don't understand why it was delivered to all PCs in my house. I guess it's no longer a "preview" and is being released to the masses now? Odd, since they still refer to it on their site as a preview release.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MinisForum NAB6
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-12650H
    Memory
    64 GB
KB5034848 is still a "preview," at least until tomorrow, when it will be released as a regular CU with a different KB number. Glad you got the two victimized machines back in running order. No idea why you got the supposedly entirely optional previews without choosing to get them.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i7-9700 @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GBDDR4 @ 2666MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG E2442
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    250GB NVMe SSD (OS and programs), 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    500GB NVMe SSD (Data)
    Case
    Lenovo SFF
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome, sometimes Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
  • Operating System
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS NVMe; 1 x Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
    Case
    Lenovo Think Centre SFF
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender, beautiful together
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