Windows 10 Tips and How to Guide

How to Disable automatic updates on Windows 10 (Home edition)

Windows updates are designed to install automatically on Windows 10. However, these are the couple of steps we use stop this behavior and decide when to install them.

With the latest Windows 10, Microsoft made Cumulative updates install automatically to make sure that every computer has the latest security patches, performance, and stability improvements. But some of the users not want some updates to install immediately, Few users report Windows 10 download and install updates automatically, but I really don’t want to update my operating system because the automatic update might take up the system and network resources. Well, controlling Windows updates is somewhat difficult in Windows 10 but you can regain control and stop automatic updates using Group Policy and Registry.

Disable Windows 10 update permanently

Here this article introduces the simple and easy methods to stop Windows 10 update completely., Note: You don’t need to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

Remember keeping your machine as up to date as possible is an important part of keeping yourself safe online. And that’s why We Do Not Recommend to Turn Off Windows Updates. Installing Windows Updates Are good To Secure your windows 10 and Get the latest New Feature, Security updates, Bug Fixed Regularly

Disable Windows Update Service

Windows Update is essentially just another Windows Service and can be turned off in a similar manner to other services. While disabling the automatic update service will temporarily halt any Windows 10 cumulative updates, But the service will re-enable itself after a certain amount of time. If you are looking for halt windows update for a certain period of time disable the windows update service following steps below.

  • Fire up the Run command using Windows logo + R,  type in “services.msc” and hit Enter
  • This will open the windows services console,
  • Scroll down and select the Windows Update service from the Services list
  • Right-click on Windows Update, then select Properties.
  • Under the “General” tab and change the “Startup Type” to “Disabled”
  • Next Click stop next to the service status,
  • That’s all click apply and ok, now onwards windows 10 won’t check and install windows updates until windows update running.

When you want to re-enable automatic updates you just follow the same procedure except you select “Automatic” when choosing the “Startup Type”.

disable windows update service

Postpone Windows updates

If you’re looking to postpone updates for a certain period of time, then you don’t need to disable the feature permanently. Windows 10 allows pause updates 35 days until you’re ready to install them. And using the Settings app, you can pause updates following the steps below.

  • Click on the start menu and select settings,
  • Go to Update & security than windows update,
  • Here on the right-hand side click the Advanced options button.
  • Under the “Pause updates” sections, use the drop-down menu at the bottom of the page, and select the number of days that you want to defer quality updates.
  • After you complete the steps, your computer won’t download and install windows updates until the schedule reaches its limit.

Pause windows 10 updates

Disable Windows update using Group Policy

Also Windows 10 Education, Pro or Enterprise edition uses use the Local Group Policy editor to disable automatic updates permanently or can change the Windows Update settings to decide when updates should install. Well, Users of Windows 10 Home edition are out of luck regarding this way of disabling Windows 10 updates. But they can tweak the windows registry (steps listed on next) to permanently disable Windows updates.

  • Use Windows + R, hotkey, type gpedit.msc and click ok
  • This will open local group policy editor,
  • Here Navigate to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update
  • On the right side Double-click the Configure Automatic Updates policy
  • Select the radio button Disabled to completely turn off the policy, click apply and ok,
  • Now onwards  Windows 10 will stop downloading updates automatically.

Configure automatic updates

Here also you can select the Enable Radio button to enable the policy and configure automatic updating (refer image below) and select 2 – Notify for download and auto-install.

configure automatic update installation

Disable automatic updates using Registry

If you have Windows 10 Home  Edition, you can tweak the windows registry to permanently disable automatic update installation on windows 10.

  • Press Windows + R, type regedit and click ok,
  • This will open the Windows registry editor,
  • On the left-hand side navigate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
  • Here Right-click the Windows (folder) key, select New -> Key option. And Name the new key WindowsUpdate

Create new registry key

  • Again right-click on newly created Windowsupdate key, select New -> Key Name the new key AU
  • Now right click on AU select New and click the DWORD (32-bit) Value option, Name the new key NoAutoUpdate
  • And finally, Double-click the newly created key NoAutoUpdate and change its value from 0 to 1.
  • Close everything and restart your PC

Also, you can set the value following numbers to configure windows update when to download or install.

2 — Notify for download and auto-install.
3 — Auto download and notify for install.
4 — Auto download and schedule the install.
5 — Allow local admin to choose settings.

disable windows 10 update registry

Now onwards, Windows Update should stop trying to download and install updates automatically on your device.

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