Guide: How to block Alienware Command Center from automatically updating

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  1. Spartan@HIDevolution

    Spartan@HIDevolution Company Representative

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    If for any reason you don't want Alienware Command Center to update to a newer version, then here's how you can block it.

    1) Press the Windows Key + R to launch the run dialogue box

    2) Type regedit then hit Enter

    3) Navigate to the following key:

    Code:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Alienware\Alienware Command Center
    4) Double click on the string value "InstallVersion" and edit the value to 5.2.89.0 or whatever the latest version is.
     
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    Surely changing the string to a really high number should achieve the same and prevent updates. Maybe worth a shot? Set it to something like 5.9.99.0? Or even 10.9.99.0? If all previous versions follow the same versioning number convention, this should work. I imagine it is a dumb checking logic ala “is my installed version number < the server version number? If yes: update. If no: no action”.

    Try it!
     
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    custom90gt Doc Mod Super Moderator

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    Can't you block the application in the windows firewall? It's what I've done for other applications that I couldn't stand the latest "updates" on.
     
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    Papusan JOKEBOOKs Sucks! Dont waste your $$$ on FILTHY

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    I mean this isn’t enough. Have seen some mentioned it will start updating later. Maybe an algorithm in the software change the settings.
     
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    custom90gt Doc Mod Super Moderator

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    I'm confused on how that can be? If it can't get in or out of the internet, how does it update? Does it have a separate update program? Get updates from windows updates?

    Super annoying to be sure, but I'm the kind of guy that blocks windows updates on everything and manually installs updates that I think are "worthwhile."
     
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    Papusan JOKEBOOKs Sucks! Dont waste your $$$ on FILTHY

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    I don’t know what to think. But here’s the post http://forum.notebookreview.com/thr...-owners-lounge.826831/page-2187#post-11019446

    Yeah, everything is locked on my machines.
     
  7. Spartan@HIDevolution

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    FW limitation mentioned here.

    This is the same reason why if you block the latest CCleaner from the Firewall rules only, then try to launch it, it will take a long time before it starts as it is still trying to establish a connection with Piriform and Avast to spy on you so the way around that is to add the below entries into your HOSTS file.

    Code:
    0.0.0.0 ncc.avast.com
    0.0.0.0 ncc.avast.com.edgesuite.net
    0.0.0.0 ipm-provider.ff.avast.com
    0.0.0.0 shepherd.ff.avast.com
    0.0.0.0 ip-info.ff.avast.com
    0.0.0.0 analytics.ff.avast.com
    [​IMG]
     
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    Can you not add dell update repositories to the hosts file then too?
     
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    1) I don't know how
    2) I don't want adding those entries to impact any other functionalities of the system as others may still want to use SupportAssist, Dell Update, Dell Digital Delivery, Alienware Connect, etc.

    This is a safer method
     
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    Those have a ticking bomb. Both for security and trashed hardware performance.
     
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