How to Stop Automatic Updates in Windows 10

Know how to reduce or stop annoying Windows 10 Automatic Updates.

How to Stop Automatic Updates in Windows 10

Soon Microsoft will be launching out their new update called as “Windows 10 Creators Update” which brings many new advanced improvements over the old “Anniversary Update”. Microsoft has been testing this new update since the start of Jan 2017 and it started to roll out as free update to people around globe on 11th of April 2017. This was a preview built for developers and testers and soon all will be getting this update by Microsoft.

Well many things have changed since last few decades in the world of Digital Technology but still there are some software’s and applications which cannot support the new architecture or updates seamlessly. Each new update by Microsoft sure brings added features and security but most people don’t seem happy about it as it crashes their old software’s and services which haven’t got update from more than 3 years. This software’s and services don’t integrate seamlessly with new updates and may crash resulting in loss of valuable data of the user. Also as a part of new eco-system Microsoft made it mandatory for Windows 10 users to receive and install updates automatically. It made it easy for user to get all the latest driver and software updates automatically and hence resulting in less hassle of installing each driver individually. In just few clicks all the updates get installed and in a single restart your system is ready to use with new security patches and latest driver updates which increase overall performance of your system for best user experience. Yet it’s hard for developers to keep track of all these frequent updates sent by Microsoft to all its user’s. And when software contains huge library of code it’s even harder for developers to provide updates in parallel cycle with Microsoft updates.

My friend who was using his CAD software experienced the same issue and was unable to render his model as Windows decided to update his Graphic Driver without any prior notification, eating up his valuable data and resulting in crash of the software. So I decided to provide few steps which will help you to stop Windows 10 from automatically downloading and installing updates.

To turn off automatic updates you can opt for following methods:

  • Turning on option of Metered Connection
  • Turning off updates from Services.msc
  • Turning off updates from Group Policy Editor
  • Defer Windows Feature Updates (Windows 10 Pro Only)

Below I have provided necessary steps to carry out above action.

  • Turning updates off by setting network connection as metered:

This method is your first choice as it is the simplest one. If you use Wi-Fi Broadband or Mobile Data to surf on the internet you can set the particular network as metered so Windows won’t download any updates on this network. To do this follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Go to Settings>Network & Internet>Wi-Fi
  2. Here choose option of “Manage Known Networks”. (Right Side of Window below your connected network.)
  3. Now search for the network you are connected to and then click on it.
  4. Here choose “Properties” tab.
  5. Now you’ll see third option as “Metered Connection”.
  6. Turn on the option of “Set as metered connection” if it’s turned off.
  7. Success (Restart the System to put settings into effect.)
  • Turning off updates from Services.msc:

(Note: Windows 10 Home users cannot defer updates like the Pro users can.)

This is an advanced option to turn of the updates from getting automatically installed. For this purpose you’ll need to access the Services section of the OS. In new Windows version there are lots of services than software itself.

(It’s recommended to not turn of this services from updating as they provide security patches for modern day threats and also protect you from cyber-attacks. Do this only if it’s your final choice. )

Steps mentioned below:

  1. First press Windows Key+R. This will open the “Run” program.
  2. Now type “services.msc” right next to open option in “Run” program and hit “Ok”.
  3. This will open up “Services” section where you can find each service running behind the scenes. Here first you’ll need to stop below services by double clicking on them and setting “Startup Type” as disabled.

The list of services is as follows:

  1. Background Intelligent Transfer Service
  2. Windows Update
  3. Success (Restart the System to put settings into effect.)
  • Turning off updates from Group Policy Editor:

If your PC is managed on network by Admin then you’ll need to access “Group Policy Editor”.

For this follow the steps below:

  1. In Cortana Search bar search for “Edit Group Policy” and open the application.
  2. After you’ve opened the application on the right hand side go into directory Of Computer Configuration> Administrative Templates> Windows Components> Windows Update.
  3. Here choose item “Configure Automatic Updates” (Double Click on it to Edit Values) and then choose option of “Disabled”.

This will not download any updates and if you need to download any updates then you’ll need to manually do it from the “Settings” section by searching for updates.

  • Defer Windows Feature Updates (Windows 10 Pro Only):

This is rather an easy option for those who have Pro version of Windows 10 installed on their PC. To turn on the option to defer feature updates of Microsoft, follow the steps below.

  1. Go to Settings> Update and Security> Windows Update. Now below “Update Settings” click on “Advanced Options” tab. Here you can find the option to turn on feature of deferring the windows updates.
  2. Success (Restart the System to put settings into effect.)

Hope this article helped you. Thank you for visiting us and Stay tuned.




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