We know that operating system should be updated regularly to meet latest security threats. Hackers are keen to find loopholes 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 sometimes, 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.
Turn on Metered connection. It will tell Windows that you are using a 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 the 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 the 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.
- Open Run (Win + R) or Cortana and type services.msc in the 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.
- Open Run (Win + R) or Cortana and type Regedit in the search box.
- Registry Editor will open.
- Open Windows policies from the following path.
- Right-click on Windows key > New > Key.
- 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 the right window. Click New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it as NoAutoUpdate.
- 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.
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 the 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.