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Can I Disable Opera 20 Auto Update?

  • Can Auto Update be disabled on Opera 20?
    I don't see it in the settings.

    I have Dial Up Internet. I really don't like ANYTHING updating itself automatically without my permission.

    Whenever there are new versions of the Apps that I use, I download them onto my Flash Drive over at my sister's house with her High Speed Internet and then bring them over and install them on my computer.

  • I had the same question yesterday and there's 2 possibilities to achieve it.

    Just check out this thread, the one towards the end is the better one in my opinion:

  • You can use the command to start Opera: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe" --disable-update

    If you start Opera from a shortcut (as most users do), simply right-click the shortcut > Properties > in the "Target" box, alter the command to include the --disable-update text as shown above (with one space before the --) > OK.

  • The problem with the disable option from a shortcut is that this option only works when using the shortcut. If you open Opera from an email web link or link form another program (such as Keypass)then update will be active.

  • @berng, I agree, and it's the reason why I oppose auto-updating schemes that can't be turned off by a user from within a program itself. Probably the most assured method of blocking Blink Opera currently is to change the updater file extension to .xxx or something similar, but that also requires the name change to be reversed to be able to cause a desired update. The design really needs to be re-thought to include an option for disable/enable updating.

  • It is indeed a very, very wrong thing to do for any software, especially when it doesn't even tell you it's doing it. The only way to be sure it never updates would be to block the updater from accessing the internet with a firewall, but since it's a browser and has to have access to the internet, it might find a way around it.

    The next best thing is the other option from the thread I linked which is to rename the update file. Mine is located at:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\20.0.1387.91\opera_autoupdate.exe

    But it might be restored by a repair option, assuming opera has such a thing, like blackbird71 mentioned in his reply in the other thread.

  • As @samkook pointed out already, this thread is a duplicate of the one mentioned above (here for reference).

    Please continue your discussion over there.