How to disable Windows 10 from Installing Automatic System Updates

Windows 10 automatically install Windows updates as there is no option to disable these updates using Windows Settings. Microsoft made them mandatory for users to download and install them, as these updates keep your computer stable and up to date by providing crucial security patches.

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For some users, these frequent updates can be annoying as they can slow down your PC and could possibly slow down your Internet speed.

So, if you are using Windows 10 Pro or higher, you can prevent the Operating System from downloading and installing updates automatically by following the methods mentioned in this article. Generally, there are some methods you can use to turn off automatic updates in Windows 10 OS.

Important: The methods mentioned below will work on Official Microsoft Windows 10 Professional and Enterprise Edition.

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Stop Windows 10 automatic updates using Local Group Policy Editor

If you are using Windows 10 ( Pro, Enterprise or Education edition ), you can use the Local Group Policy Editor to change the Update settings to stop Windows 10 from automatically installing updates on your computer.

Follow the steps below to change Local Group Policy Editor settings:

  • Press Windows key + R from the keyboard to open the Run command.
  • Type “gpedit.msc” and hit enter. It will open the Local Group Policy Editor.

  • Navigate to the following path:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update

  • 4. Now, double-click on the Configure Automatic Updates under the list of settings.

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  • 5. A new window will pop-out, check the Enabled option. Under Configure automatic updating, select the option 2 – “Notify for download and auto install” to stop automatic installation of updates.

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  • 6. Click Apply and then OK to successfully apply these settings.

This method will prevent automatic installation of Windows updates and you’ll receive a notification everytime a new update is available. If you ever wish to change it back to default, just select the option 3 – “Auto download and notify for install”.

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Turn off Automatic Update on Windows 10 using Registry Editor

This method works on all editions of Windows 10. You can configure and change any Windows settings using the Registry Editor. But editing the Registry is a risky task, so before proceeding it is recommended to backup the registry database.

Follow the steps below to disable automatic update using Registry Editor:

  • Press Windows key + R from the keyboard to open the Run command.
  • Type “regedit” and hit enter to open the Registry.

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  • Now, navigate the following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > Microsoft > Windows

  • In the left side, right click on the Windows, select New and then click Key.

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  • It will create a new key, rename it to WindowsUpdate.
  • Now right-click on it, select New > Key.

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  • It will create another key inside WindowsUpdate, rename it to AU.
  • Now right-click on AU, select New and click DWord (32-bit) Value and rename it to AUOptions.

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  • Double-click on AUOptions key. Set the base as “Hexadecimal” and change its value data using any of below-mentioned value:
  • 2 – “Notify for download and notify for install”.
  • 3 – “Auto download and notify for install”.
  • 4 – “Auto download and schedule the install”.
  • 5 – “Allow local admin to choose the settings”.

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  • Click OK and close the Registry Editor.

Changing the data value to “2” stops the Windows 10 automatic update and ensures you will receive a notification everytime a new update is available. If you want to allow automatic update, change its value to 0 or delete the keys created in above steps.

Disable Windows 10 Automatic Update using Windows Update Service

In Windows 10, users can disable windows update service to prevent Windows 10 from automatically downloading and installing updates. Follow the below step:

  • Open the Run Command window by pressing the Windows + R keys from the keyboard.
  • Type “services.msc” and press OK. It will open Windows Services window.

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  • From the list of services, scroll down to find and double-click on “Windows Update”.

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  • It will pop-out Windows Update Properties window. Under the Startup type, select Disable option.

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  • Click Apply and then OK to save the settings.

If you wish to revert back to default settings, just change the Startup type to Automatic ( Delayed Start ).

Use Metered Connection to Stop Windows automatic update

There are many people on the Internet who are not using the costly broadband connection or they are on limited broadband speed or usage. In these cases, you can set your internet connection to “metered” to stop Windows 10 from automatically installing the updates. You can do so, by following the below steps:

  • Go to Start menu and search for Settings in the search box and open it. OR Press Windows key + I to open Settings.
  • Click “Network & Internet”.

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  • In the left side, go to Wifi and click on the name of your connected network.
  • Under Metered connection, turn on Set as metered connection and you’re done.

This will tell Windows 10 that you have a limited data plan and won’t install automatic updates.

Why you should Install Windows 10 Updates automatically

Windows 10 send important security patches to fix the catastrophic bug ( prevent malicious code attack ). That is why you need to install Windows updates automatically.

Microsoft recommends you should install patches as soon as they are available. Microsoft security updates prevent attackers find security hole inside your system. But it’s your decision to take. If you are running Microsoft’s official Pro Edition build then you should install updates automatically. If your computer works fine with downloads in the background, then you shouldn’t disable installing latest updates as these updates also improve Windows 10 performance.

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