How to Disable Automatic Windows Updates in Windows 10

Microsoft provides latest security fixes and other quality updates for it’s Windows OS via automatic Windows Updates. These updates keep your PC secured and provide you with latest features. However, these updates also consume a big amount of your internet data. So, if you are on a metered connection, you might want to turn off or disable automatic Windows Updates.

In previous versions of Windows, you could easily turn off automatic Windows updates. But in Windows 10, you simply can’t change Windows Update settings. Microsoft allows users to only pause Windows Updates starting from 7 days to maximum of 35 days. But after that you must update your Windows to pause updates further. Even if you try to disable Windows Update service, it will start automatically on next reboot.

SEE ALSO: How to Fix Windows Update Errors in Windows 10?

Turn Off or Disable Automatic Windows Updates in Windows 10

Besides pausing Windows Updates, there are other ways to stop Automatic Updates in Windows 10. So, in this tutorial we will show you how to disable automatic Windows Updates temporarily and permanently. We will start with temporary method by pausing Windows updates temporarily.

A) Temporarily Pause Windows Updates in Windows 10

To pause Windows Updates temporarily, follow these steps.

Step 1: Open Windows Update Settings

First, of all go to Start and open Settings. Alternatively, you can also open setting by pressing Windows + I shortcut keys on your keyboard. After that select Update & Security from Settings.

Scroll Down And Select Update And Security In Windows 10 Settings
Select Update and Security in Windows 10 Settings

Step 2: Pause Updates for 7 Days

Now, you will see Windows Update settings page. Here, you will have options to check for updates. Below that, you will see an option to Pause Updates for 7 days. Click on it to temporarily pause Windows updates for 7 days.

Pause Automatic Windows Updates For 7 Days
Pause Updates for 7 days

Step 3: Pause Updates for Longer Duration (Up to 35 Days)

If you wish to pause automatic Windows updates for more than 7 days, you can do so in Advanced options. So, click on Advanced options and scroll down a bit. Here, under Pause Updates, you can select to pause updates for up to 35 days.

Advanced Options Pause Updates Upto 35 Days
Advanced options > Pause updates up to 35 days

SEE ALSO: How to Disable Automatic Updates for Microsoft Store Apps?


B) Turn Off or Disable Automatic Windows Updates using Group Policy in Windows 10

Now, if you wish to turn off automatic Windows updates permanently, you can try this Group Policy method. But, you must note that this method will work with Windows 10 Pro versions only as Windows 10 Home version doesn’t have Group Policy editor by default. However, you can enable it using this trick. Well, let’s check the steps.

Step 1: Open Group Policy Editor

To open Group Policy editor in Windows 10, press Windows + R keys to launch RUN utility. After that, type gpedit.msc and click OK.

Type Gpedit.msc And Press Enter To Open Group Policy Editor
Go to RUN, type gpedit.msc and press Enter

It will launch Group Policy Editor console.

Local Group Policy Editor Console
Local Group Policy Editor Console

Step 2: Go to Windows Update Policy Setting in Group Policy Editor

In Group Policy Editor, go to following path.

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update

On the right side you will see list of available settings, scroll down till you find “Configure Automatic Updates“. We will use this policy setting to disable or turn off automatic Windows Updates in Windows 10.

Go To Configure Automatic Updates Policy To Disable Windows Updates In Windows 10
Go to Configure Automatic Updates policy in Group Policy Editor

Step 3: Change Settings to Notify before Downloading Windows Updates

Now, you can use Configure Automatic Updates policy to change Windows Updates settings. So, if you don’t want to disable automatic Windows update completely and wish to be notified downloading the update, you can do so here.

So, open Configure Automatic Updates policy and select Enabled. After that select “2 – Notify for download and auto install” from drop-down and click Apply & OK.

Change policy setting to Notify For Download And Auto Install
Change Policy settings to Notify for download and auto install

Now, Windows 10 will notify you about available updates before downloading them.


Step 4: Disable Automatic Windows Updates Permanently

Now, if you wish to disable Automatic Windows Updates permanently, you can also do that using the same policy. So, select Disabled in policy settings and click Apply & OK to disable Windows updates via Group Policy.

Select Disabled In Policy Settings To Disable Automatic Windows Updates In Windows 10
Select Disabled in policy settings to disable automatic Windows updates

Step 5: Verify in Windows Update Settings

Now, you have successfully changed automatic Windows update settings. You can go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update to verify the settings.

Here, you should see a message saying “Some settings are managed by your organization.” However, you will be able to check for updates manually by clicking Check for updates button.

Automatic Windows Updates Disabled Successfully
Automatic Windows Updates disabled successfully

SEE ALSO: Windows 10 Stuck on Checking for updates? Here is the Fix


C) Disable Automatic Windows Updates in Windows 10 using Registry Editor

Besides Group Policy editor method, you can also use Registry Editor to turn off automatic Windows updates in Windows 10. This method works on both Windows 10 Home and Pro versions. So, let’s check the updates.

Step 1: Open Registry Editor in Windows 10

Go to RUN, type regedit and press Enter.

Go To Run Type Regedit And Press Enter Or Click Ok
Go to RUN, type regedit and press Enter

Registry Editor window will open.

Registry Editor In Windows 10
Registry Editor in Windows 10

Step 2: Go to Windows Key and Create Windows Update Keys

Now, go to following path in Registry Editor. You can also copy and paste this path in address bar of Registry Editor.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

After that, right-click on Windows key and select New > Key.

Create A New Key Under Windows In Registry Editor
Create a new key under Windows in Registry Editor

Name this new key as WindowsUpdate.

Name The Key As Windows Update
Name the key as WindowsUpdate

Similarly, create another key under WindowsUpdate and name it as AU.

Create A New Key Under Windows Update Named As Au
Create a new key under WindowsUpdate named as AU

Step 3: Set Updates to Notify for Download and Auto Install using Registry

Now, on the right pane, right-click in empty space and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value to create a new DWORD. Name this DWROD as AUOptions.

Create A New Dword Named As Au Options To Change Windows Updates Settings
Create a new DWORD named as AUOptions

After that double-click on the AUOptions DWORD and set it’s value to 2 to set Windows updates to Notify for Download and Auto Install.

Set The Dword Value To 2 To Notify For Download And Auto Install
Set the DWORD value to 2

Step 4: Disable Automatic Windows Updates using Registry Editor

Now, if you want to disable Windows updates permanently, create a new DWORD named as NoAutoUpdate.

Create A New Dword Named As No Auto Updates To Disable Automatic Windows Updates In Windows 10
Create a new DWORD named as NoAutoUpdate

Double-click this on NoAutoUpdate DWORD to modify it’s value. Set the value of DWORD as 1 to turn off Windows updates.

Set No Auto Updates Dword Value To 1
Set NoAutoUpdate DWORD value to 1

Step 5: Restart your Computer and Check Windows Update Settings

Close the Registry Editor and Restart your computer to apply changes.

Restart Your Computer
Restart your computer

Again go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. Here, you will see a message saying “Some settings are managed by your organization.

Automatic Windows Updates Disabled Successfully
Automatic Windows Updates disabled successfully

SEE ALSO: Reduce Data Usage in Windows 10 using 3 Simple Steps.


Turn Off Windows Updates Temporarily or Permanently in Windows 10

You have disabled automatic Windows Updates successfully. As shown above, you can either disable Windows updates temporarily or permanently. For disabling updates permanently, you can use either Group Policy Editor or Registry Editor. However, we recommend using Group Policy editor method. But if you are using Windows 10 Home version, you have to enable Group Policy editor first.

Hope you liked this tutorial. Feel free to share it with your friends. Should you face a problem, comment below. Happy disabling Automatic Windows Updates.

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