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Using --disable-update not working

  • I have installed an old version of Opera from before Flash was disabled. I disconnected the internet before installing so it couldn't update during installation and am trying to disable automatic updates.

    The directions I found say to add [space]--disable-update after the target path.

    I've tried this with the desktop icon and the taskbar icon. When I click, I get a popup asking what program I want to use to open the file. I have to tell it to use Opera. That does work, but the first thing it does is download a file. The flash game I want to play? Doesn't work.

    I noticed the instructions show the target path in quotations with [space]--disable-update after the closing quotation. That's how I typed it. Windows moves --disable-update inside the quotations. I don't know if that has anything to do with my problem or how to keep Windows from changing it.

    Any advice would be appreciated. My machine runs Windows 7.

  • In the shortcut dialog, there is one line for the program file and a separate line for parameters. You need to have --disable-update in the area for parameters, not in the file area.

  • Thank you for your help.

    The Shortcut tab has four editable fields: Start In, Target, Shortcut Key, and Comment.

    The "Target" field ends with: ...\Programs\Opera\launcher.exe.
    I have tried with and without quotations around the path.
    This does allow me to add "--disable-update" but I get an error where I have to say which program to use to open the file. Also it does update.

    The "Start In" field ends with ...\Local\Programs\Opera.
    I have tried with and without quotation marks around the path. It always gives this error message:

    The folder '"...\Local\Programs\Opera" --disable-update' specified in the Start In box is not valid. Make sure that the folder exists and that the path is correct.

    Deleting --disable-update gets rid of this error.

    "Shortcut Key" will not let me add --disable-update.
    "Comment" field allowed me to type --disable-update, but the game still didn't work.

    Thanks again!

  • @rsn6348 The Target field would be the place to use the parameter, but I guess it never worked in Opera.


    In the version folder in Opera's program files folder, rename/delete opera_autoupdate.exe. Then, it won't be able to update. You won't need the --disable-update command-line switch then.

    You can also add the OPERA_AUTOUPDATE_DISABLED environment variable to the system (or just your user) as describe at That's supposed to stop any Opera from updating.

    Further, disable Opera's autoupdate tasks in the Windows task scheduler. See

    Further, you can block the autoupdate server in Windows. See

    Renaming opera_autoupdate.exe is the only one that you should have to do though.