How to Stop Windows 10 Automatic Update

We love using our pc/laptop with the latest version of Windows: Windows 10. But where there is light, there is shadow. Although this version of windows has a lot of advantages like – touch screen for hybrid devices, better performance, the return of the start menu, user-friendly interface, excellent virus protection, etc., it has got some disadvantages too. One of them is Windows 10 auto-update. Updating is important, whether it is your mobile/tablet or pc/laptop. It keeps our device up to date with the latest features. But if it keeps updating frequently, and disturbs our routine/activities or simply eats up our internet data by automatically downloading unwanted updates, it becomes a problem. So to overcome this problem, we need to learn How to temporarily (disable) stop Windows 10 Automatic Update.

So, let’s see How to Stop Windows 10 Automatic Update:
1. Postponing the update

This is one of the best and most effective methods to get rid of the problem as it works on all of the devices.

If you don’t want to install the update at the moment, you can easily postpone them by using the settings app.

This will allow you to download the update at the desired time in the future.

1) Open the “Settings” app and select the “Update and Security” option.

2) Then select “Windows Update”.

Here you can see a button saying “Check For Updates”, as its name suggests, it will allow you to see if there are any latest updates arrived for your device.

Also, here you can see update history, change active hours, and pause updates for a particular amount of time.

3) Select the last option, “Advanced Option”.

You can see the “Pause Update” section below which is the dropdown menu for “Pause Until”.

4) Choose the date from the drop-down menu, until you want to pause the update.

When you have updated these settings, your device will not receive any updates until the date is chosen. You can also undo the changes by selecting resume updates in windows update.

2. Using Run

1) Press the keys: “Windows key+R”. A small window named Run will be opened.

2) There type services.msc and click Ok.

The services window will open, showing a list of services that windows provide.

3) In the list find “Windows Update” and click the stop icon.

4) Then right-click on Windows update and select “Properties”.

5) Select start up type drop down menu select disable. Click OK.

3. Limit the updates

1) Open the start menu. Then search for regedit and open it.

2) Then navigate the path:-


3) After finding windows right-click on it.

4) Then select new, and then key option.

5) Name the key: Windows Update then press enter.

6) Right-click on the created key, select New, and then Key option.

7) Name this key AU and press Enter.

8) Right-click on the right side and select New. Click the DWORD (32-bit) Value option.

9) Double-click the newly created key and change its value using (2 — Notify for download and auto-install).

10) Then select OK and restart your device.

4. Group policy editor

Another way to solve your problem is by using the group policy editor. Let’s see how to use it…

1) In windows 10, to open the group policy editor by clicking on the start menu, search gpedit.msc, then press enter.

2) After this, select “Computer configuration”.

3) Then in computer configuration select “Administrative templates”.

4) Click on All Settings, scroll the list and find the entry “Configure Automatic Updates”.

5) Double click on “Configure Automatic Updates” then click on “Enabled radio button” from the left upper side.

6) After this is done, you can edit the Options pane at the bottom.

7) Click the drop bar and then click on the fifth option that says Allow local admin to choose setting.

This makes the option to disable the automatic windows update downloads is available again, you need to go and select it and you are ready to go.

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5. Control Panel

Now this one of the easiest and least complex to disable the automatic windows updates is by using the control panel. Let’s have a look at it. But also it is not a guarantee that it will work in every device.

1) Open the start menu and search for control panel.

2) Select and open the control panel.

3) In the control panel window, go to System and Security.

4) Then find Windows update, and click on change settings.

5) Here you can see the option: Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them. Select it.

After doing this your computer will check for updates but it will never download them.

6. Configuring Automatic Updates

For this method again go to group policy editor following the steps in the above-mentioned method.

1) After opening the window select All Settings.

2) Then you can see a list. In the list find configure automatic methods.

3) Double click on it and then disable it.

After Using this method your device will not even check for new updates that are available.

Yukta Jaiswal
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Yukta Jaiswal

An ambitious, studious work loving, person. At the age of 17, I started editing and designing books, and I have also worked as an editor in a publishing company.

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