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How to stop Windows 10 updates from automatic installation

Windows 10 one of the most used operating systems, second only to Microsoft Windows 7. While an advancement in almost all domains compared to its predecessors, far from being perfect. Being the latest version of Windows, it receives frequent updates, which can be quite annoying. The sad part of this is that Windows 10 doesn't really let you check these updates and sometimes these updates are installed automatically. However, although it is not possible to find any settings to disable Windows 10 updates in s, there are other ways to manage them. Before discussing the different ways, let's find out why you want to stop Windows 10 updates in the first place.

Because you would like to stop updates

While the updates provide greater security and stability to an operating system, Windows 10 delivers them at the cost of your convenience. Sometimes, updates launched by Microsoft come downloaded and installed on your computer without any notification . It could cause us to slow down Windows and the consequent frequent restart, thus eliminating your comfort. Since everything happens in the background, many updates that you wouldn't have downloaded otherwise could come. These can also change a setting or remove a feature you like to use.

After being criticized for this by a large number of users, Microsoft eventually implemented some options that can be modified to block Windows updates. Unfortunately, these options are deeply integrated into the Windows architecture, making it so difficult to find them. Fortunately for you, we not only found but also tested to conclude that they actually work. So, without wasting any more time, here how to prevent Windows 10 updates from installing automatically:

Note: The following steps have been tested on a system with Windows 10 Pro. Some or all of them may not work with other editions of Windows 10.

Stop Windows 10 automatic updates using the Windows Update service

Since there will be no more new versions released in the Windows series, Microsoft has decided to change Windows 10 into a service. That being said, all the updates you receive now are part of this service. So stopping them altogether would stop one of the Windows services. To find out what and how to stop it, read the steps below.

  • Open the Run command by pressing Windows + R on the keyboard. Here, type "services.msc" is click "OK" .

  • This will open the Windows services window. From the list of services you see, double-click "Windows Update" .

  • You should now see its pop-up properties window. Here, in the "Startup type" drop-down menu, select "Disabled" . Now you can do Click OK to save these changes.

As simple as it was, you can experiment with the different options available. And in case if you want to upgrade your Windows 10 computer, you can always change the "Startup Type" to "Automatic".

Disable Windows 10 updates using Registry Editor

Almost all Windows settings can be changed in the Registry Editor. The story is no different when it comes to Windows updates. With a free registry tweak, you can have full control over updates. Read the steps below to find out how.

  • Open the Run command by pressing Windows + R on the keyboard. Here, type "regedit" is press Enter .

  • This opens the registry editor. If you have an address bar enabled here, you can copy the path below and, if not, you will have to move it manually.
    Computers HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Policies Windows
  • Here, in the left pane the Registry Editor, right click on "Windows", move the mouse over "New" and finally click on "Key" .

  • This will create a new key. Rename it to "WindowsUpdate" . Once finished, click with the right mouse button on this key, move the mouse over "New" is click on "Key" .

  • This creates another key – this time in "WindowsUpdate". Rename this to "AU", do double click on it and then Click the right mouse button on the right pane. Now hover over "New" and select "DWORD value (32 bit)" .

  • Rename this key to "AUOptions", then do double click on it to change it. Choose the base as "Hexadecimal", enter i "Value data" from those shown below, then click "OK".
    '2': notification for download and automatic installation of updates '3': automatically download and notification for installation of updates '4': automatically download and schedule the installation of updates '5': allows the local administrator to configure these settings

This method gives you control over Windows 10 updates in a way very similar to the one obtained in its previous version. Personally, I keep the "Value data" as 2 because I want to decide which updates I want to download.

Block Windows 10 updates using the local Group Policy Editor

As the registry editor, the Local Group Policy Editor offers more than just a simple way to manage system updates. In fact, much simpler than the previous method, but it cannot be implemented on Windows 10 Home edition since the edition is not supplied with the local group policy editor. Having said that, below are the steps to block Windows 10 updates using local Group Policy Editor.

  • Open the Run command by pressing Windows + R on the keyboard. Here, type "Gpedit.msc" and click "OK".

  • This opens the Local Group Policy Editor. Here, go to the path shown below.
    Computer Configuration Administrative Templates Windows Components Windows Update
  • Below the list of settings you see, double-click on what he reads "Configure Automatic Updates" .

  • In the window that opens, activates the setting and look for an option called "Configure automatic update" with a drop-down menu. To stop downloading updates automatically, select "2 Notification for automatic download and installation", then click "OK".

You can experiment with the different options in the drop-down menu to best meet your needs. If you wish to return to the default one, select "3- Automatic download and notification for installation".

Quick solution to stop Windows 10 updates: use the measured connection

With this method, you will make Windows believe that your Internet connection is of a measured type, and therefore will not automatically download all the updates on it. Please note that some priority updates will still be downloaded regardless of whether you use this method. If this is not a problem for you, read the following steps to implement this method.

  • Open your computer's settings by pressing Windows + I. Here, click "Network and Internet" .

  • Under "Network and Internet", go up "Wifi", therefore Click on the name of the network you are connected to . (If you want to do this for a different network, you can find the list of networks to which the computer was previously connected by clicking "Manage known networks". If you select this option, click on the network name desired and then click on "Properties".)

  • Here, under "Measured connection", you will find a switch called "Set as connection to consumption" . Turn this on and you're done.

Now, Windows 10 will assume that you have a limited data plan on this network and will not automatically download all updates on it.

Disable Automatic Updates in Windows 10

While the automatic download of Windows 10 updates could annoy most people, now you know much more than a single way to stop it. So, continue and take full control of the Windows 10 system updates. Also, if there are other ways to block the Windows 10 updates you know, let me know in the comments section below.