I bought a new (high end) laptop recently and elementary OS runs like a dream on it. The bad news is that I had to update the kernel to 4.3* to get everything working properly and I subsequently removed 3.19.

Now software updates is trying to push the original kernel and I want to know how this can be avoided.


  • I'd say you are using a old kernel and not 4.3. Open a console and type uname -r . then write here the output.
    – Maccer
    Jan 6, 2016 at 12:02
  • +Maccer I would be happy if that was true but ....4.3.0-040300-generic Jan 6, 2016 at 17:56

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Install synaptic

sudo apt-get install synaptic

Open synaptic and search for linux-image

Now select the one which you don't want to update.

Now click on package in menu bar --> click on lock version


You have to repeat the same for all the entries in software-updater related to 3.19

You can also use alternative methods mentioned at:

How to prevent updating of a specific package?


This will stop updating the desired kernel, at the same time, when you run software-updater, you will get partial updates.

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