Windows 10 : 5 Ways to Disable Automatic Updates

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Windows 10 automatic update

We know that operating system should be updated regularly to meet latest security threats. Hackers are keen to find loop holes in your system for collecting user data and utilize it for their benefits.

Microsoft makes serious efforts to save you from such attacks by updating Windows at regular intervals. But those kinds of updates annoy users some times, especially if they are using limited data plans.

The updates on Windows 10 systems download and install automatically. Home users have limited options to  customize the operation. We explain five different ways to stop Windows from auto updating your PC.

1. Manage Wi-Fi Settings

Go to Control Panel and open Network & Internet settings. Tap Advanced options under Wi-Fi menu.

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Turn on Metered connection. It will tell Windows that you are using limited data plan, hence do not send automatic update to the system.

However this method won’t work with Ethernet connection. You should edit either group policy or registry for that.

2. Group Policy Editor 

  • Open Run (Win + R) or Cortana and type gpedit.msc in search box.
  • Tap Computer Configuration from the left pane, Administrative Templates from there.
  • Click All Settings from the main window.
  • A new window will open with Configure Automatic Updates as first option. Select Disabled radio button > Apply > OK.

If you don’t want to disable the update and want to configure its settings, select Enabled radio button. Now you will get a couple of options to configure the update.

Choose 2- Notify for download and notify for install > Apply > OK.

3.  Services

  • Open Run (Win + R) or Cortana and type services.msc in search box.
  • Scroll down to the bottom until you see Windows Update settings. Double click on it.
  • Under General tab, choose Disabled as Startup type.
  • Apply > OK to save the settings. Restart.

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4. Registry

  • Open Run (Win + R) or Cortana and type Regedit in search box.
  • Registry Editor will open.
  • Open Windows policies from the following path.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

  • Right click on Windows key > New > Key.

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  • Type the name as WindowsUpdate without any spaces. Great. You have created a new registry key successfully.
  • Right click on newly created WindowsUpdate key > New > Key. Name it as AU.
  • Select AU key, right click on the empty space in right window. Click New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it as NoAutoUpdate. 

Windows 10 automatic update

  • Double click on NoAutoUpdate. A pop up window will open. Enter any of the following figures in Value data field.

0 – to enable the automatic update

1 – to disable the automatic update

  • Click OK.
  • Restart.

5. Disable automatic driver updates

If you want to disable just automatic driver updates, follow these steps.

  • Open Run (Win + R) or Cortana, type Advanced system settings in search box.
  • System Properties will open.
  • Go to Hardware tab, click Device Installation Settings.
  • A new window will open. Choose “No, let me choose what to do” to disable the automatic update.
  • Save changes.

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