I was just wondering how to completely disable updates on my Yoga 2 11, which has a corrupted BIOS-- I can't fix broken updates with a reinstall anymore. I was wondering specifically if there was a way to disable the commandsudo apt-get upgradeand the update manager as well. I don't want my laptop being updated at all, and I know I'll break my system or something if I update! Thanks for any and all input.


In the System Settings go to Software & Updates, under "Updates" set "Automatically check for updates" to Never

And Disable unattended upgrades:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure unattended-upgrades  

Select "no" when asked "Automatically download and install stable updates?" then select "ok".

Instead of disabling apt-get it would be better to place a hold on packages you dont't want to get updated as shown in the answer to this question:

How to prevent updating of a specific package?

  • When I type in sudo apt-get upgrade, it asks me if I want to upgrade packages still. I'm afraid to see if it will. Will it, now? It shows that the upgrades are there. – Robert Sederholm Apr 7 '18 at 7:10
  • apt-get update only updates the list of available packages and their versions, but it does not install or upgrade any packages. As long as you have disabled updates and unattended-upgrades no packages should automatically update. – stumblebee Apr 7 '18 at 7:22
  • Yeah I'm not afraid of automatic updates, I'm afraid I'll stupidly type in sudo apt-get upgrade -y and upgrade everything. – Robert Sederholm Apr 7 '18 at 7:25
  • Sorry I mis-read your first comment. Yes - if you manually run apt-get upgrade it will install the updated packages. It shows upgrades are there (available) because apt-get uptates had been already run. – stumblebee Apr 7 '18 at 7:52
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    Well yeah, but you haven't given me a solution to keep my update-happy a** from updating/upgrading with the proper commands w/o thinking about it lol – Robert Sederholm Apr 8 '18 at 2:38

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