How To Stop Windows Update in Windows 10?

On Windows 10,  download and install automatic updates are done regularly by Microsoft, to make sure that the device has all the latest security protocols, performance, and stability improvements in place. The only drawback is these auto-updates to get installed over the phone has the device switched off for some time which sometimes can be a hindrance for the user, as he might be on his day to day work grind and a small interruption can pour water on all his efforts. However, there are solutions to stop the windows update, which are given below in this article. According to the version of Windows 10 installed on the device, the user can control and stop the automatic updates with the help of the Windows Updates settings or take a  permanent solution using Group Policy and Registry settings available on the device. 

The latest Microsoft update may not be compatible with a program which the user constantly uses and therefore the update can be stopped and postponed till a suitable alternative is found.  In a situation, where the user does not want his work to be interrupted and wants the update to be deferred for sometime later, he can follow the below steps:

1. Automatic Updates in Windows 10 can be paused

Tap the start menu, go to the settings. Look for “Update & Security”. Tap on Windows Update seen on the left-hand side, tap the advanced options. Under the Pause Updates,  change the switch to On. This step will pause any Windows Update for a month or so, but the user should download the latest update when the device is free, because important updates for the good health of the phone may not happen which is again a disadvantage for the user. 

The user also has another option where updates belonging to features can be programmed for a year or so and quality updates that contain very important security fixes can be programmed for a month or so. The user can always defer auto-updates but must see to that downloading of updates are definitely done later at the appropriate time for receiving future auto-updates from Microsoft.

2. Meter your network connection

Another way to stop automatic Windows 10 updates. Tap start and go to the settings. Look for Network & internet.  Tap the “Wi-Fi” option on the left-hand column, followed by the name of the Wi-Fi connection. The user will be able to view the metered connection section. Under the Metered Connection Section change the switch to on. By doing this, Windows 10 is made aware that the user is on a limited data plan and therefore the push auto-updates will not happen.

3. Prevent a downloaded update from installing

When the Windows Auto Updates starts getting downloaded, the user should not stop as it can be harmful to the device. The new Windows Auto Updates should be allowed to be completely downloaded.  But the user has a choice to install the newly downloaded update for a later date. In this way,  the user can stop temporarily once Windows 10 has downloaded an update but has still not installed it. 

4. Disable the Windows Update startup service

In the search bar of Windows 10, type  ‘Services’. Right-click and select ‘Run as administrator. Move down the list until the Windows Update entry is seen. View  the ‘Status’ column, if it mentions “Running”, right-click  Windows Update entry option and tap  ‘Stop’. The user has to again right-click Windows Entry Option and click properties. Under properties,  look for “Startup Type”, select Disabled and click ok. This step will stop Windows Update from automatically installing Windows 10 updates.  The user can also choose to have Windows10 Auto Updates done manually,  by selecting “Manual” from the drop-down menu instead. 

5. Disable updates using Group Policy

The user can go for this option by typing  ‘gpedit.msc’ into the Windows 10 search bar and tap the first result. Now move to the next using the left-hand pane mentioning Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update.’ In the right-hand window, tap the  ‘Configure Automatic Updates. A new window will appear.  In the top-left corner, tap “Disabled’, then tap ‘Apply’ and ‘OK’. This will stop Windows 10 from automatically downloading and installing updates.

6. Limit updates using Group Policy

Last but not least the user can select to limit Windows updates instead of disabling them. Similar to step 5, type gpedit.msc into the Windows 10 search bar,  move to ‘Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update’ and click ‘Configure Automatic Updates.  Click “Enabled” instead of  “Disabled. The user should look out for the ‘Options’ box on the left-hand side, tap the top drop-down box and select from one of the four options given below.

2 – Notify download and auto-install

3 – Auto download, notify for install

4 – Auto download, schedule the install

5 –  local admin to choose the setting

Select Option 2 –  ‘Notify for download and auto install’ option, which is the closest to disabling automatic downloads.

7. Disable updates using the Registry

The user before handling the Registry should make a backup file of anything important, as a small mistake by the user can cause problems for the device. Now the user will have to type ‘Regedit into the Windows 10 search bar and tap the top result. Move to the following path in the left-hand column which mentions: ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > Microsoft > Windows’.Right-click on the Windows folder and tap ‘New > Key’. Type “’WindowsUpdate” and press ‘Enter’. Again right-click and view ‘New > Key’, then type AU and press ‘Enter’. On the right-hand side of this entry, right-click and type  ‘New > DWORD (32-bit) Value’. Type ‘NoAutoUpdate’ and press ‘Enter’. Once the user has done this, double-click the new entry and change the 0 to 1 in the ‘Value data box. Tap  ‘OK’ and start the device once again.

8. To limit Windows updates using Registry

The user can limit Windows Updates instead of disabling them completely in the  Registry. The user should follow step 6 and carry out all the steps till AU entry level has reached. On reaching the AU entry right-click the blank space and click followed by DWORD (32bit) Value. Type the entry as AU options instead of “NoAuto Update” and press enter. Click the entry space in the “Value Data” box, delete the 0 and type it with 2,3,4 or 5. These numbers denote the following results.

2 – Notify download and auto-install

3 – Auto download, notify for install

4 – Auto download, schedule the install

5 –  local admin to choose setting

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