How To Turn Off Automatic Updates in Windows 10

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For avid users of Microsoft, the manufacturer’s newest version is Windows 10, which is now available for consumers to use. It has got loads of features and updates that will surely help you work and play as efficiently as possible. One of these features is the ability to automatically download updates your PC when it is needed to be installed in order to increase the performance and safety of your PC. While this may be a great relief for some who are not very techy and want things done automatically, there are some people who prefer to not update it or do it on their own due to personal reasons or a limited bandwidth. So how will you be able to disable Windows 10 automatic updates?

windows update screenshot

Methods to Turn Off Automatic Updates in Windows 10:

Windows 10 predecessor, Windows 7 and 8, had the option to enable or disable the automatic update feature, even notifying the user when updates are available. For Windows 10, there is no such notification, but there is a way to disable the automatic updating! There are two ways to disable Windows 10 automatic updates, and here is a step-by-step process on how to do both:

1. Stop Automatice Updates in Specific Network:

If you want to disable downloading updates in specific connection, You can do it by setting it as metered. If you have limited data plan, You should do it to save bandwidth. To do it –

  • Press Windows Key + I from keyboard.
  • Click on Network and Internet >Wi-Fi
  • Click on Advanced Options. If you don’t see it, Just scroll down.
  • Now, Set your connection as metered.

Windows won’t download updates automatically in a metered connection. It will remember settings for each connections. For cellular connection, You won’t need to set it metered. Because, Windows already takes it as limited data connection.

2.Disable Windows 10 Updates from Local Group Policy Editor

Here are the instructions –

  • Open Group Policy Editor by clicking the Windows Key + R. Type gpedit.msc and click Enter. Choose “Yes” if prompted.You may also open it by going to Control Panel, search for “edit”, and select “Edit Group Policy”.
  • Look at the left part of the Local Group Policy Editor and go to Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Update
  • When in Windows Update, look at the right side. Under the Settings section, select Configure Automatic Updates.

windows update gpedit

  • Mark Enabled. In there, you have the option to let Windows notify you before updating. Mark Disabled to never notify and stop automatic updates. After choosing your preferred option, click Apply and OK, close the Group Policy Editor, and you are done!

configuring windows 10 automatic updates from gpedit

  • NOTE: You will need to be logged in as the Administrator. If not, at least know the password of the Admin account or you will not be able to do this.

2. Use REG File to Disable Windows 10 Automatic Updates

Here are the steps:

  • For this, you will need to download a REG File. You again have two options, either for Windows to notify you for updates, or to disable them without notifications. Here is the link:

Reg File for Never Checking for Updates

  • Once downloaded, run the REG file, click Yes twice, then OK.
  • Restart your PC to save the settings, and you’re done!

Please note that, This reg file hack works only for windows 10 pro. If you are a home user, Don’t try this method.

Very easy to do, it will only take a few minutes of your time. While it is recommended to keep this option enabled, these methods will be useful for those with limited internet connections. You will be able to update it manually once you have full access to the internet, so you would not need to worry. If any problem persists, you will be able to find many forums online, or contact Microsoft’s customer support for advice on how to manually disable the automatic updates.

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