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1.20. Guide: How to disable Automatic Updates (Win)

Last Updated: August 2016


Automatic Updates was a feature implemented in Kurzweil 3000 v14. Kurzweil 3000 (K3000), when run by an Administrator user on a computer, will automatically check for updates and attempt to install those updates. Depending on the environment, this may not be ideal behavior. K3000 is set to do this by default, but it can be disabled in different ways.

If K3000 is run by a limited user on the computer (such as a student logging into a computer in a lab), then it will not attempt to automatically update.

The following methods can be used to disable automatic updates.

Within the K3000 software (standard way, done on a case-by-case basis):

From within the K3000 software, you can go to Tools > Options > General. From the General panel, uncheck the option Turn on Automatic Update. Click Apply and then OK to apply the changes.

This option may not be available in earlier versions of K3000 v14. Make sure to update your software to see this option.

Outside of the K3000 software, replacing a value in a settings file (advanced method, IT assistance required):

There is a K3000 settings file that has a settings value that can edited to disable automatic updates. If K3000 is installed in many locations already, and you don't walk to each computer manually disabling the setting within the K3000 software (per above), you can instead create a deployment to replace this file with an edited version of the file where this value is modified.


Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Shared Documents\KESI\K3000CommonSettings.k3s
Windows 7: C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\KESI\K3000CommonSettings.k3s

Find the line that reads AutoUpdate=1, and replace it with AutoUpdate=0

If the line does not exist, add a new line reading AutoUpdate=0

Disabling the setting during installation (advanced method, IT assistance required):

As part of a command-line installation, you can disable automatic updates by passing the AUTOUPDATE="1" property value to the installer. For example,

msiexec /i "\\SERVERNAME\K3000InstallPackage\Software\Kurzweil 3000 v.15.msi" AUTO="1" EDITION="web" AUTOUPDATE="0" /qn /norestart

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