This was inevitable even though Microsoft tried as hard as possible to avoid it.
Users are getting sick and tired of the automatic updates and the feeling of helplessness they create to the end-user.
Now it actually was well intended by Redmond.
They wanted to set up a logical bug testing rhythm and cadence that started at Microsoft and ended up on the consumer’s desk.
Unfortunately customers who don’t have the flexibility of professional or enterprise update delay options are rebelling.
There have been a few high profile cases of Windows updates that went awry and so some options to disable Windows 10 automatic updates have sprung up.
It is what it is.
Update: Here’s a Video from Lane walking through some of the options to disable updates in Windows 10
7 Methods to Disable Windows Updates
- Disable Windows Updates with Settings
- Setting up a metered connection
- Stop the Windows Update Service
- Using the Group Policy Editor
- Stop Windows 10 Updates entirely
- Using Registry Editor
- Disable Selective Windows 10 Updates
Disable Windows Updates with Settings App
Disabling the updates permanently is of no benefit, because updates bring important security measures and other features. So you must rather disable or pause it for a period of time. For that, the Windows settings could be used.
- Go to Update & Security Setting
Open Settings by pressing Windows icon + I, and click on Update & Security.
- Use Pause Updates for 7 days Option
From here you can directly pause update for 35 days by clicking on Pause updates for 7 days five times. Move to next step if you want to stop update till a particular date.
- Go to Advance Options
Under Windows Update look for Advanced Option and click on it.
- Pause Updates
Scroll down to Pause updates section, select the date till you want Windows updates to be paused.
Setting up a metered connection
So this is actually a pretty ingenious way of getting Microsoft to leave your PC alone.
In Windows 10, if you’re on Wi-Fi, Microsoft have this option for you to explicitly specify that you’re on a metered connection.
This is just for wi-fi users who are paying for their data usage and wish to conserve their data plans.
To enable the setting, bring up the Start Menu and perform a search for Change Wi-Fi settings.
Open the resulting option and navigate to Advanced Options.
Locate the Set as metered connection toggle and enable it.
This tells Windows 10 not to download updates to your system because you are being conservative with data usage.
Stop the Windows Update Service
To do this, open the Run command and then type “services.msc” and press the “Enter” key. The Services list should appear.
From here, you can find the Windows Update service. Open it.
Under the General tab, change “Startup Type” into “Disabled.” and then restart. The Windows Update Service should be disabled at this point.
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If you want to re-enable it in the future, go through the steps again but this time change “Startup Type” to “Automatic”.
Using the Group Policy Editor
Here are the steps to disable Windows 10 updates via the Group Policy Editor
- Press the Windows key to bring up the Start Menu. Type in Group Policy Editor and open the tool from the results.
- Navigate to Computer Configuration and expand the Administrative Templates folder.
- Within the folder, select All Settings and then locate the Configure Automatic Updates entry in the subsequent screen.
- Double-click the entry and enable it by clicking the Enabled radio button at the top-left.
- Open the combo-box and select the final option: Allow local admin to choose the setting.
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Now that you’ve successfully managed to enable the option to allow advanced control over the updates, you need to access it.
- Open up Control Panel and navigate to the System and Security settings.
- Open Windows Update and select Change settings. There, you’ll be presented with the option to Check for updates, but let me choose whether to download and install them. Set your system to this setting and save it. Now, your system will regularly check for updates and show you a list of available updates; from there you can choose the ones you want to install at your discretion.
Stop Windows 10 Updates entirely
You can also disabling update checking altogether.
- Open up Group Policy Editor, using the method detailed above.
- Navigate to the Configure Automatic Updates setting from the All Settings folder.
- Set the toggle to Disabled.
And that’s it.
After this, your computer will no longer even check to see if any updates are available for the system.
Using Registry Editor
Since group policy editor is only accessible for Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise editions, the other edition users can use the Registry Editor to disable Windows Update.
1. Open Run Windows using Windows icon + R combination.
2. Type regedit to reach Registry Editor.
3. Enter the following path on the Registry Editor:
4. Right-click on Windows and select New->Key
5. Name this key WindowsUpdate
6. Now right-click on WindowsUpdate and create a new key named AU.
7. Under AU on right-panel right-click and select New->DWORD
8. Name the DWORD as NoAutoUpdate. Double click on it and set it Value data as 1.
9. Click on OK to save the settings, close the Registry Editor and reboot your device.
After configuring the registry and rebooting, Windows will only notify you of any available updates. To download and install those updates, you have to trigger them from the Settings app manually.
Disable Selective Windows 10 Updates
Microsoft has also released a tool that can be used to hide or disable Windows 10 updates selectively.
All you need to do it, download it from Microsoft’s website, and install it on your computer.
Follow the instructions on the website to disable the problematic update you are having trouble with.
There you have it. 5 ways to stop updates.
You’re welcome. 🙂