Disable Windows 10 Updates permanently
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On Windows 10, quality updates (or cumulative updates) always download and install automatically as soon as they’re ready for your device. While this approach makes sure that every computer has the latest security patches, performance, and stability improvements, it’s also among the features that users complain the most.

Usually, it’s because to apply updates users are required to restart their devices, and because updates are also known to (sometimes) cause problems negatively affecting the user experience.

Whatever the reason it might be, depending on your edition of Windows 10, you can regain control and stop automatic updates using Group Policy and Registry.

In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to block Windows Update from automatically downloading and installing updates on your computer.

 

Wrapping things up

Updates are crucial to safeguard your computer and data and to improve the overall experience, as such it’s never recommended to use an unpatched device. However, there are many scenarios when disabling updates could make sense. For instance, when you may need to apply updates manually, or you want to make sure that a particular update doesn’t have any issues before installing it on your computer.

 

#1 Disable automatic updates using Services 

 

Step 1:  Go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services.
              In the Services window, scroll down and select Windows Update.

Step 2:  Right-click and select Properties.

Disable Windows 10 Updates permanently

 

Step 3:  Under the General tab > Startup Type, select disabled. That will take care of Windows Updates not being installed on your machine.

 

Disable Windows 10 Updates

 

 

 

#2 Disable automatic updates using Registry

If you’re running Windows 10 Pro, you can also disable automatic updates in two different ways using the Registry.

Disabling updates

To permanently disable updates on Windows 10 modifying the Registry, use these steps:

Warning: This is a friendly reminder that editing the Registry is risky, and it can cause irreversible damage to your installation if you don’t do it correctly. It’s recommended to make a full backup of your PC before proceeding.

To permanently disable Windows Update using the Registry, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for regedit and select the top result to launch the experience.
  3. Navigate to the following path:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
  4. Right-click the Windows (folder) key, select New, and then click on Key.Disable automatic updates using Registry-1
  5. Name the new key WindowsUpdate and press Enter.
  6. Right-click the newly created key, select New, and click on Key.

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  1. Name the new key AU and press Enter.
  2. Right-click on the right side, select New, and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.

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  1. Name the new key NoAutoUpdate and press Enter.
  2. Double-click the newly created key and change its value from 0 to 1.Disable automatic updates using Registry-4
  3. Click the OK button.
  4. Restart your computer.

Once you complete the steps, Windows Update should stop trying to download and install updates automatically on your device.

If you want to update manually, you can perform this task from Settings > Update & SecurityWindows Update, and clicking the Check for updates button.

 

#3 Disable automatic updates using Group Policy

On Windows 10 Pro, you can use the Local Group Policy editor to disable automatic updates permanently, or you can change the Windows Update settings to decide when updates should install.

Disabling updates

To permanently disable automatic updates on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for gpedit.msc and select the top result to launch the experience.
  3. Navigate to the following path:Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update
  4. Double-click the Configure Automatic Updates policy on the right side.Disable automatic updates using Group Policy-1
  5. Check the Disabled option to turn off the policy.Disable automatic updates using Group Policy-2
  6. Click the Apply button.
  7. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, Windows 10 will stop downloading updates automatically.

While automatic updates remains disabled, you can still download and install patches manually from Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, and clicking the Check for updates button.

If you change your mind, you can always revert the changes using the same instructions, but on step No. 5, make sure to select the Not Configured option.

 

 

 

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