The "Restart and update" notification is so annoying, showing up every single day. How to get rid of it forever? I can't stand seeing it every time i start Visual Studio Code.enter image description here

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    Why don't you just restart and install the update? – DavidPostill Jul 26 '17 at 12:19
  • Why do that every single day? – Mikael Dúi Bolinder Jul 26 '17 at 12:35
  • Because if you update it it won't ask you again? – DavidPostill Jul 26 '17 at 12:38
  • But it will ask when the next update is available? – Mikael Dúi Bolinder Jul 26 '17 at 12:48
  • If you don’t like fast-moving software, use something else. Atom receives fewer updates. That being said, the change mentioned in David’s answer has now been implemented. – Daniel B Aug 7 '17 at 19:58

How to get rid of it forever?

It is not currently possible, and there is a feature request to improve this from an SE employee (Nick Craver) (see below).

You might want to contribute to this discussion.

Having said that there have already been some changes made:

we have lightened the update notification in the insiders build, no changes in stable for June. More details can be found in the test plan item #27454. Please give it a try.

insiders build today: http://code.visualstudio.com/Download#insiders

Source Too many update prompts for users - and suggested alternatives.

you are no longer spammed by the message service once there is an update

Source Test: light update in activity bar #27454

Too many update prompts for users - and suggested alternatives

What I don't like is the consumption of these updates at an ever-increasing frequency as a user. The promise of Visual Studio Code is a release approximately once a month. But that's (understandably) not reality, because software has bugs and release have unexpected issues in the wild.


I propose the following requirements, as a user consuming updates:

  • Should not get a prompt to update two days in a row (this has happened many times)
  • Should not get a prompt to update more than once a week on a channel called "stable"

A few ideas:

  • A "slow" channel, where releases are only posted if they has been no new release in the past 7 days.
    • This would have eliminated the > 1 per month prompts for not-really-stable releases for 9 of the 10 months they happened in the table above.
  • Give users an option to configure a similar lag, not prompting for an update until it has been posted for at least 7 days and not obsoleted by a new point release.
    • e.g. update.delayDays, which if configured to 7 days would have the same effect as above.
  • Make updates a background post-close operation, simply informing the user in a much more subtle way (0-clicks, auto-dismiss) that an update will occur on next restart automatically.

The bottom line is VS code is a means to an end. I'm trying to do work, and so is everyone else. Update prompts, especially repetitive ones in a short duration get in the way of that and only add frustration. They rarely help me get any work done; it's usually the opposite.

Thoughts? Ideas? Can we improve this?

Source Too many update prompts for users - and suggested alternatives.

  • One option to block the updates is using the firewall. 👍 – Mikael Dúi Bolinder Jul 31 '17 at 9:41

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