I think that this is on-topic, or better: potentially related:
could you please forward a request to the development team of Steinberg Download Manager (SDA) that - in an upcoming version of SDA - users would be given the choice to only DOWNLOAD any software package, but to not have to instantly have to install some software packages (no choice given anymore)?
Also including the choice (1) to update OR (2) to not have the eLicenser Control Center updated (eLCC) while opening SDA, on days where it would be auto-updating parts (or all) of its environment?
on my main machine I use on older product with Soft eLicenser, everything else (including the Absolute Collection 5) is on the dongle, or is already within the new Steinberg Licensing environment.
It already happened twice that I’d opened SDA and eLCC got (semi) auto updated (and I hadn’t seen the install routine start, so I couldn’t “shoot” the installer in time). Problem: on this known machine (Win10, “known” to me), eLCC software containers sometimes get destroyed while updating eLCC. After the updates (versions were in the range of build 188.8.131.5206 to .3009, current: 184.108.40.20611) the soft eLicense container was gone, and I had to use the .2300 workaround installer, and then had to re-register the respective software eLicense, twice. This is very time consuming.
So, even for the time being (only ca. 1 1/2 years? left with the eLicenser sytem remaining functional), wouldn’t it perhaps be useful to NOT be in any danger of losing an eLicenser software container, and to be able to - at least - avoid auto-install of eLCC? Of course I’m aware of the fact that all soft eLicenses can also be transferred from the software eLCC to the USB dongle…
The other semi auto updates in SDA may not really be problematic, yet I sometimes simply don’t want to install a package right away, just store it locally - and then install it (them) later, like Cubase.