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How to Disable or Stop Automatic Windows Update in Windows 10

One of the controversial characteristics of Windows 10 is a new way the operating system handles upgrades using automatic windows 10 update. This can be extremely frustrating for Windows 10 users since they’re often made to restart their server at an inopportune moment.

There are some remedies available for this annoying and potentially disruptive problem. You need to disable automatic updates for Window 10. There is no Choice to stop or turn off Windows Updates using Preferences app or the Control Panel in Windows 10. We are going to show you how to do this and have a little more control over the Windows system.


How to Disable Windows 10 Automatic Update

Follow the methods below to disable Windows 10 update correctly.


1. Disable Windows Update Service

While disabling the automatic update service will temporarily stop any Windows 10 cumulative updates, the support will re-enable itself after a certain quantity of time. Here are the instructions:

1. Press the Windows key + R at the same time to Enter the Run box.

2. Type services.msc and press Enter.

3. Scroll down to Windows Update, and double-click it.

4. In Startup type, select “Disabled”. Then click “Apply” and “OK” to save the settings.


2. Set Up a Metered Connection

If you’re using WiFi to connect your Windows 10 machine to the Internet, you have the choice of setting up a metered connection. At a metered connection, bandwidth is saved by simply automatically downloading and installing priority updates. Microsoft’s method of classification could remain a puzzle, but driver and software feature upgrades that may cause stability issues are lessened by choosing this choice for stopping Windows 10 automatic updates.

Here’s what you need to do:

Open the Windows Settings application (Win + I).


Click on the ‘Network & Internet’ section.



Open ‘Wi-Fi’ and click the ‘Manage known networks’.



Select network and in ‘Properties‘ toggle the ‘Set as metered connection’ option to ‘On’.

For some reason, Microsoft only offers this option if you are using a WiFi connection. If you connect to the Internet through an Ethernet cable you will not be able to set up a metered connection.


3. Disable automatic updates using Group Policy

On Windows 10 Pro, you can use the Local Group Policy editor to disable automatic updates permanently, or you can change the Windows Update settings to decide when updates should install.

Disabling updates

To permanently disable automatic updates on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for gpedit.msc and select the top result to launch the experience.
  3. Navigate to the following path:Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update
  4. Double-click the Configure Automatic Updates policy on the right side.

Check the Disabled option to turn off the policy.

  1. Click the Apply button.
  2. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, Windows 10 will stop downloading updates automatically.

While automatic updates remains disabled, you can still download and install patches manually from Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, and clicking the Check for updates button.

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