After the release of Windows 10 in 2015, Microsoft has taken Windows updates very seriously for users. These updates ensure that all Windows users have the latest security fixes and performance enhancements on their PC.
However, this feature is indeed very frustrating for many users, because first, you need to restart your computer to finish downloading updates which might interrupt your workflow, and second, you need to wait for Windows to finish updating before you can use the desktop.
Aside from these issues, the biggest problem that Windows 10 users face these days is the bugs that new Windows updates bring with them. These bugs may slow down your PC, cause some apps to crash, and the worst problem is that your entire system can crash with an annoying Blue Screen Death error.
Whatever the reason may be, since you’re reading this article, you might want to stop your Windows 10 PC from updating automatically. So, without wasting any more time, let’s get into it.
Temporarily Disable Windows 10 Updates
If you do not want to disable Windows Updates permanently, Windows 10 allows us to pause or postpone updates for a period of 35 days. After the end of this period, Windows will download and install updates on your computer again.
Follow these steps to temporarily disable or “pause” Windows 10 updates:
- Open Settings
- Click Update & Security
- Click Advanced Options
- Navigate to the Pause Updates section.
- Under the Pause Updates section, open the Pause Until drop-down menu.
- In the drop-down menu, pick the date till which you want the Automatic Updates to stop. Remember, you can pause updates for up to 35 days.
- After you have selected the date, the automatic updates will be disabled on Windows.
- You can revert your changes by clicking the Resume Updates button.
Note: As of the latest update to Windows 2004, Microsoft has removed the option to postpone feature updates and quality updates. You can now choose whether you want to install these updates during the update process.
Once the 35-day period has elapsed, you need to update Windows to allow Pause Updates to work again.
Permanently Disable Windows 10 Updates
If you’re really fed up with Windows always killing your data plan, you might want to permanently disable Windows updates. Although Microsoft doesn’t offer a direct way to do this, the workaround is easy.
Note: I’m not going to recommend this because Windows updates, though somewhat buggy in the initial stages, are very important to keep your system safe from viruses and malware, and also to keep your Windows up-to-date with Microsoft’s latest UI improvements.
There are two ways to permanently disable Windows updates. These methods work for Windows 10 Home as well as Pro editions.
Using Group Policy Editor
- Search for gpedit.msc on Windows Search.
- Select the first result to launch the Group Policy Editor.
- Navigate to Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Windows Components.
- Double-click the Windows Update option.
- Now double-click the Configure Automatic Updates policy on the right side.
- Check the Disabled box.
- Click Apply and OK.
That’s it! Windows will now not download and install updates on your PC until this option is enabled again.
There is another way to do this that is somewhat complicated, but if you can’t access your group policy settings for some reason, the method below will be useful to you.
Using Registry Editor
- Search for regedit on Windows Search.
- Select the first result to launch the Registry Editor.
- Expand the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE option.
- Now, navigate to Software>Policies>Microsoft>Windows.
- Right-click on Windows and select New>Key.
- A new key will be created. Name the key WindowsUpdate and press Enter.
- Now right-click on the newly created WindowsUpdate and select New>Key.
- Name the key AU and press Enter.
- Right-click on the whitespace on the right and select New>DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Name the value NoAutoUpdate and press Enter.
- Double-click NoAutoUpdate and change it’s value from 0 to 1 and click OK.
- Restart your computer for the settings to take effect.
Once you complete these steps in order, Windows will stop downloading and installing updates automatically.
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