Want to turn off or disable Windows Update in Windows 10? Here are thee ways to stop Windows 10 from automatically downloading updates or completely disable Windows Update in Windows 10.
It’s no secret that Microsoft has changed the expected location of many tools and components in Windows 10. Many of the settings have been moved from the classic Control Panel to the new Settings app, and in the process, some of the options have been completely removed.
In Windows 10, Windows Update settings have been moved from the classic Control Panel to the new Settings app. While classic Control Panel is still present in Windows 10 and we need to navigate to the classic Control Panel to access many of the settings, some of the familiar Windows Update settings are neither present in the Control Panel nor available in Settings app.
In previous Windows versions, we could choose what updates are downloaded and installed. In Windows 10, users have very less or almost no control over updates. You can choose only how updates are installed, but you cannot turn off or disable Windows Update in Windows 10.
If, for whatever reason, you want to turn off or disable Windows Update in Windows 10, follow the given below workarounds.
Method 1 – Set network type to Metered connection
Method 2 – Use Group Policy to stop automatically downloading updates
Method 3 – Completely disable Windows update in Windows 10
Method 1 of 3
Change your network type to Metered
By default, Windows 10 doesn’t download updates when you’re on a metered connection. In fact, Windows 10 will not download updates as long as you are on a Metered connection. You can make use of this by setting Metered connection property to your network connection.
The only catch is that you can’t assign Metered connection property to LAN networks, meaning WiFi and other hotspots can be set as Metered connection. Go through our how to set metered connection in Windows 10 guide for step-by-step instructions.
Method 2 of 3
Use Registry to disable Windows Update
In this method, we are going to use the Local Group Policy Editor. Since Group Policy Editor is not present in Windows 10 Home edition, this method is not applicable to Windows 10 Home.
Step 1: Open Local Group Policy Editor. To do so, type Edit Group Policy in Start or taskbar search box and then press Enter key. Alternatively, open Run command box, type Gpedit.msc, and then press Enter key to open the same.
Step 2: Navigate to the following policy:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update.
Step 3: On the right-side, double-click on the policy labelled Configure Automatic Updates to open its properties.
Step 4: Select Enabled option. Under Configure automatic updating, select second option labelled Notify for download and notify for install. Don’t touch rest of the settings.
Click Apply button. As mentioned before, this method will not turn off Windows Update but you will be notified when updates are available to download. You can simply ignore the alert to avoid downloading and installing updates.
When this policy is enabled, you’ll see Some settings are managed by your organization message under Advanced options of Windows Update.
Method 3 of 3
Disable Windows Update permanently
This is the best method to completely disable Windows Update in Windows 10. In this method, we will disable the service responsible for checking, downloading and installing updates for Windows and other programs including Windows Defender.
Step 1: Type Services in Start menu or taskbar search box and then press Enter key. Alternatively, you can type Services.msc in Run command box and then press Enter key to open Services.
Step 2: Here, look for the service named Windows Updates. Right-click on it and click Properties to open Windows Update Properties dialog.
Step 3: Here, change the Startup type to Disabled. Click Apply button and then reboot your computer. That’s it!
From here on, Windows 10 will not be able to check for updates. Good luck!