Rumors swirling all over the blogosphere have Microsoft re-releasing the ill-fated Win10 version 1809 on Patch Tuesday this month. Personally, given the dearth of worthwhile features in 1809 and the painful first release last month, I’d rather that they just wait a week or a month or six, until it’s fully baked, but that probably won’t happen.

Better still, I wish they’d wait a year or two, roll in some new features worthy of a full reinstall, and then unleash something new and worthwhile. If wishes were horses …

While we wait for Pennywise the September October November 2018 Update clown to appear again, now’s a very good time to make sure your machine won’t install it — or any other poorly tested patches — until the cannon fodder has weighed in.

If you leave Automatic Updates turned off in the aftermath of what we’ve seen in the past month, I salute you. Somebody has to walk around with a “Kick Me” sign stuck on their back.

The methods for blocking Windows Update are pretty straightforward.

If you’re using Windows 7 or 8.1, click Start > Control Panel > System and Security. Under Windows Update, click the “Turn automatic updating on or off” link. Click the “Change Settings” link on the left. Verify that you have Important Updates set to “Never check for updates (not recommended)” and click OK.