How to Stop Automatic Updates on Windows 10

How to Stop Automatic Updates on Windows 10

Windows is undoubtedly the most widely used operating system in the world. Unfortunately, while Windows 10 operating system updates may be handy in improving system security from cyber threats and provide more stability, they are also somewhat annoying. 

In Windows 10, the updates are handled cumulatively. So, the operating system keeps adding them and updates at a suitable time. Unfortunately, the automatic process can pop up any time, which means it may start updating in the middle of an important meeting, a presentation, or during an online class, and there is nothing you can do about it. 

However, there is an easy way out, and you can turn off automatic updates on Windows 10 through various methods. Last time we saw different methods to enable screen saver and today let’s see how you can turn off automatic updates! Let’s find out: 

Disable Windows Service Update 

Like any other service from Windows, you can turn off the Windows updates too. Here is how: 

  • Start the Windows Run Dialog Box by pressing Win + R and type ‘services.msc’. 

Start the Windows Run Dialog Box

  • You will see a Services list that shows all the services your system is using currently. 
  • Here, select the Windows Update Service, and it will open the Windows Update Properties. 
  • In the ‘General’ tab, locate the ‘Startup Type’ option, and set it to ‘Disabled.’ 
  • Once you restart the system, the updates will be disabled. 

In the future, you can modify the Startup Type to enable Automatic Updates. This method is useful if you want to disable all the Windows updates for an undefined period. 

Use Windows Settings to Disable Updates 

You can also use Windows settings to disable some specific updates. This method allows you to pause updates until the next software patch is ready for your system. In Windows 10, you can use the settings app to disable the updates for up to 35 days. Here is how: 

  • Go to the ‘Settings’ app, and select ‘Update & Security.’ 
  • Navigate to ‘Windows Update’ and select ‘Advanced Options.’ 

Disable Windows 10 Updates

  • You will see a ‘Pause Updates’ where you can set the time length to disable the updates. 

As you set the time, Windows will stop downloading automatic updates on your system for that time period. However, when the period is over, the system will install the available patches automatically. 

With the settings method, there is no need to type in any commands, which makes it one of the easiest ways to disable automatic updates on Windows 10. 

Using Metered Connection 

This one is more of a hack than a regular disabling method. Since Windows Updates use the internet to reach your device, you can simply turn off the access by setting up a metered connection. To set up a metered connection in Windows 10, follow these steps: 

  • Press ‘Win + I” to open the ‘Windows App.’ 
  • Go to ‘Network & Internet’ and navigate to ‘Wi-Fi.’ 
  • Here, click on ‘Manage known networks, and a new window will appear. 

Open Wi-Fi Settings to Stop Windows 10 Updates

  • Go to ‘Properties’ and turn on the ‘Set as Metered Connection’ option. 

It may sound strange, but this option is only available for Wi-Fi connections. So, if you’re using an Ethernet connection, you won’t be able to use this method to disable auto-updates. 

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Disable Via Local Group Policy Editor 

If you’re using Windows 10 Pro, you can configure the automatic updates through the Group Policy Editor. This version of the operating system allows users to permanently disable updates and lets you select a suitable time to install a software patch. Here is how you can disable the updates: 

  • Go to the Start Menu and search for gpedit.msc. The top search result will take you to the Local Group Policy Editor. 

Access Group Policy Editor through Windows 10 Run Command

  • In ‘Computer Configurations’, go to ‘Administrative Templates’. 
  • Click on ‘Windows Components’ and then go to ‘Windows Update’. 
  • On the right of your screen, you will see a ‘Configure Automatic Updates option. Double click this option and check the ‘Disabled’ option. 
  • Click on Apply and then OK. 

It will stop automatic Windows Updates, and you can always check for these updates by searching for the ‘Check for Updates’ option in the ‘Windows Update’ section of your computer. This is for Windows 10 system update but there’s a separate guide if you want to update your Windows 10 drivers, do check it out!

Limit Updates 

Instead of disabling the updates, you can also limit them through the Group Policy Editor. There are several options available that allow you to be notified before installation or download, auto-install or schedule an installation, and configure settings through a local admin. 

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