5 Ways To Turn Off Automatic Windows 10 Updates

How do I stop the automatic update of Windows 10? Since you're not able to turn off updates permanently, here are ways to turn off automatic updates of Windows 10.

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Microsoft is always releasing the latest updates to patch gaps and improve the performance of Windows 10. This update is always downloaded and installed automatically if your laptop or PC is connected to the internet.

But not everyone is happy to receive and install this sudden update. The reason is, to install the update you have to stop working to restart the laptop or PC.

In addition, the updates that are released may not match the programs that you use frequently. Not to mention the very large size of the update can drain your internet quota.

Then, how do I stop the automatic update of Windows 10? Although not able to turn off updates permanently, here are five ways to turn off automatic updates of Windows 10.

5 Ways To Turn Off Annoying Automatic Windows 10 Updates

1. Suspend the Automatic Update

This method can not turn off the auto-update permanently, but it can help stop the automatic updates for a while. Open the Start menu and enter the Settings application.

After entering Settings, click Update & Security> Windows Update on the left side> Advanced options. Under Pause Updates, click the toggle until it is turned On.

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This method will stop automatic updates for 35 days, but you must download the latest updates after the period ends if you still want to stop the automatic updates.

2. Limit Internet Connection

This method is easy but very helpful to stop the update and save internet quota. Click the Start menu then open the Settings application. From here click on Network & Internet, then Wi-Fi in the left column.

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Search for the Wi-Fi connection name that you are using. Scroll down to find the Metered Connection section and click the toggle until it becomes On. This method will tell Windows 10 that you have limited internet so that it won’t download updates automatically.

3. Prevent Updates to Install

After the update installation process has been running, you do not force to stop it. But if Windows 10 has downloaded the update but it’s not installed, you can stop it.

In the Windows 10 search bar type Security and Maintenance, then click the first search result to open the Control Panel. Click Maintenance to see more options then scroll to the Automatic Maintenance section.

Click Stop Maintenance to prevent the update from being installed. If you change your mind, you can start the update by clicking Start Maintenance.

4. Turn off Windows Update Startup Service

In the Windows 10 Search Bar, type Service. Right-click on the top search results and select the Run as administrator option. Scroll down until you find the Windows Update entry.

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If the Status column says Running, right-click the Windows Update entry and click Stop. After that, right-click again and select the Properties menu. In the menu that appears, at the bottom of the Startup type, select Disabled and click OK.

This method prevents Windows Update from installing updates automatically. If you want to prevent automatic updates but still want to install updates manually, select the Manual option from the drop-down menu.

5. Through Group Policy

How to turn off Windows 10 auto-update. This is a little complicated, but you can try. Type ‘gpedit.msc’ in the Windows 10 search bar and click on the first search result.

After that, navigate these steps in the left-hand column: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update. In the right window, double-click the Configure Automatic Updates option.

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This step will open a new window. In the upper left corner click Disabled then Apply and OK. This method will prevent Windows 10 from automatically downloading and installing updates, but you can download the updates manually via Windows Update.

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There you go. That’s all the various ways to stop your Windows 10 PC / laptop from automatically updating itself. Kindly let us know via the comment box if there are other reliable ways to achieve this.

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