How to Disable Automatic Updates In Windows 10

Windows 10, the latest offering from Microsoft Corporation provides users with many advanced features not available in the earlier version of windows operating systems. The operating system comes with many features including capabilities to customize the start menu, Microsoft Paint 3D version and many more. Microsoft Corporation has earned a reputable name in the industry as the leading operating system developer and marketer on a global level.

If you are a Windows 10 user then you might be knowing about a limitation that Windows 10 has created for the users. Users won’t be able to shut down the Windows Automatic Updating system. This was done by Microsoft to ensure that the device stays up-to-date with the latest security patches and software improvements. Although, it is quiet convenient for a number of users but some find it a bit troublesome.

However, there is a way to shut down this system in order to and prevent the system from downloading updates automatically and installing them. The Microsoft Windows Support has come up with some easy-to-follow steps to ensure that you are not troubled by the constant Windows updates.

There are primarily two methods of disabling the automatic updating system of Windows 10 operating system. Kindly follow the instructions mentioned below;

Stop Windows Automatic Updates using the Local Group Policy Editor

 

  • Firstly, use the Windows key + R combination to open the Run command.
  • Now, type gpedit.msc and click on OK to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  • Next, browse the following path;

 

“Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows     Components\Windows Update”

 

  • On the right side, double-click on the Configure Automatic Updates policy.
  • Next, on the left side, check the Enable option to enable the policy.
  • Under the Options, you fill find ways to configure the Automatic Updates; these include;

 

  • 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 setting.

You can select the Update option that you want to configure. In case you select the Option 4 then you can specify when you want to install new updates. Also, you can choose to install updates during Automatic Maintenance on a particular date and day.

  1. Click on Apply.
  2. Next, click on OK to complete the process.

Note: The Microsoft Windows Support recommends using the Option 2 as this will prevent the operating system from downloading updates automatically. Thus, it will help you save data and you can also get notification when updates are available. When any new updates are available, the notification will appear in the Windows Action Center, however updates won’t install and update automatically till the following steps are completed;

 

  • Open Settings.
  • Next, click on Update & Security.
  • Click on Windows Update.
  • Now, click on the Download button.
  • After the updation has been completed, click on Restart button to complete the task.

 

The second method that Microsoft Windows Support recommends is using the Registry. Kindly follow the steps mentioned below;

Stop Windows Update using Registry\

 

  • Use the Windows Key + R combination to open the Run command.
  • Now, type regedit and click on OK to open the Registry.
  • Browse the following path;

 

“HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows”

 

  • Right-click on the Windows (folder) key, select New and then click on Key.
  • Now, name the new key WindowsUpdate and press Enter.
  • Next, right-click on the newly created key, select the New and click on Key.
  • Name the new key as AU and press the Enter key.
  • Inside the newly created key, right-click on the right side, select New and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  • Name the new key AUOptions and press the Enter key.
  • Next, double-click the newly created key and change its value using the following options;

 

  • 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 settings.

 

  • Click on OK.
  • Now, close the Registry to complete the task.

 

Note: When any new updates are available, the notification will appear in the Windows Action Center, however updates won’t install and update automatically till the following steps are completed;

 

  • Open Settings.
  • Next, click on Update & Security.
  • Click on Windows Update.
  • Now, click on the Download button.
  • After the updation has been completed, click on Restart button to complete the task.

 

Want to know more about how to disable the Windows update option in Windows 10 operating system? Connect with the Microsoft Windows Support experts via toll-free number at +61(2)80747873