Windows XP Home Edition and retail versions of XP Professional are not affected by Service Pack 1.Although this procedure may work with other versions of XP, we have only tested it on the corporate edition (volume license version) of Windows XP Professional.The comparison and the list reside locally on the users PC and no information is sent to Microsoft as part of this process.
However, as you will see shortly, this doesn’t bring us much closer to our goal to disable Windows Update.Update: This article about the Preview version of Windows 10. Please read my new articles about the topic: Stop automatic updates in Windows 10 RTM (build 10240)Disable Windows 10 Update in the Registry and with Power Shell From Microsoft’s point of view, it makes sense to force testers of the Windows 10 Technical Preview to always install the latest updates.Feedback about bugs is only valuable if the installation has the latest updates.However, Windows XP Service Pack 1 ships with a list of the two product IDs that are created by the pirated product volume license product keys.(The Product ID can be found by right clicking My Computer and choosing Properties.) To determine eligibility for the update, Service Pack 1 compares the Windows XP product ID on the system to this list.Update: In Windows 10 build 9926 (January build), the Windows Update applet in the Control Panel disappeared.To bring it back you have to copy the text below to a file with the extension REG and then launch the file.You could completely re-install Windows XP Professional or you can try the method below.(Please backup your system before attempting this.) This workaround is only for the corporate editions of Windows XP Professional using a compromised or illegitimate key.If a test takes several days, Windows will automatically install updates if your virtual machine is online.Whenever I am finished with a test, I delete the linked clone and create a new one to ensure that I have a fresh test environment.