Stopping Windows Updating During a Photo Booth Rental
Does this sound familiar... it's the middle of a photo booth rental for an important event and then the dreaded Windows blue screen of death appears... you start hitting keys in a panic but its too late! More than a little embarrassed and certainly frustrated as hell you now have to tell your client that the photo booth is out of action utill Microsoft says otherwise!
This is the biggest frustration and fear for photo booth operators who use windows but there are some things you can do to ensure you never get caught out again!
The first option is only available if you are using Windows Pro but I have listed a couple of workarounds for those of you like me who only have Home Edition.
1. Use Windows Professional and Defer Updates
If you are using Windows professional then you have a built-in option that allows you to defer updates for several months which is very handy especially if you want to get through silly season unscathed.
To enable this go:
Start Menu > type "Settings" > Select the top option > Advanced Options > Defer Upgrades > Tick the box under the "Choose How Updates are Installed".
Now you won’t have to worry about updates for a while and the best but is that security patches are still applied, just system updates are held back. Just make sure you diarise to manually update windows during non booth hire hours and reschedule the next deference.
2. Home User Work Arounds
SET YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION TO METERED
Settings > Network > Internet > Select WiFi from left menu > Choose your Network > Scroll down to Metered Connection > Turn On
This will stop Windows updates from being downloaded which means they wont be installed.
NOTE: As soon as you connect to another network you're settings will revert to the default so you will need to repeat the process to ensure unwanted interruptions.
Setting up Active Hours is a great way to stop Windows from restarting if and when an update is installed.
Settings > Update and Security > Scroll down to "Change Active Hours"
Windows will not shutdown during the Active Hours you choose and even outside those hours will check with you first beforehand and warn you.
3. Update Regularly
Of course all the above actions are measures to stop unexpected updates messing up your rental. These measure should be used in conjunction with updating regularly but on your time schedule not when Windows forces you. Set yourself a regular schedule ideally at the start of the week when no rentals are happening and manually update all your software. If you have more than one booth make sure you do them all together.
Together with the preventative measure and your own update schedule you will take the power back from Windows and hopefully never see the dreaded Windows screen of update death again!
Hopefully the above tips, tricks and workarounds help you to avoid getting caught out by the dreaded windows update during your next photo booth rental.
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