How to Stop Windows 10 Automatic Update | The Easiest Ways

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You found windows 10 automatic updates irritating, right? Yes, the majority finds it annoying,especially when it tends to update continually while shutting down the PC. 

Windows updates are important but as you saw, the updates have no time sense! So it is better to update windows 10 when you want, right? In this article, I  am gonna show you how to stop windows 10 automatic updates in several ways and yes, I will suggest you the easiest one. So, without any further ado, let’s get started!

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How to Stop Windows 10 Automatic Update

There are several ways you can stop Windows 10 automatic updates. I will show you one by one. Find which one is better for you or I can help you find the easiest one. Come follow me.

Method-1: Pause Windows Update

As you know, if you disable the Windows update, there will be consequences such as security vulnerability, stability issues, etc. Therefore, you can try pausing the update to install them later according to your preference. To do that –

  1. First, press Windows + I and open Settings.
  2. Get into Update & Security.
  3. In the Windows Update section, select Pause updates for 7 days to stop automatic updates for one week.
  • Then you will see the date when the update will resume. If you want to extend the period, click on Advanced options.
  • Under Pause updates, choose a date from the Pause until menu.

Whatever the date you set, the Windows update will spontaneously get activated on that day.

Method-2: Disable the Windows Update Service

Basically, the Windows Update service is responsible for managing and performing all Windows cumulative updates. That’s why it has to be disabled.

  1. First, open the run prompt by pressing the Windows + R key. 
  2. Type services.msc and click OK.
  • Check for the Windows Update service in the list and double-click it.
  • Set the Startup type to Disabled and save the changes. 

That’s it!

Method-3: Set Network to Metered Connection

This method only works when you are connected to the internet via WiFi. Hence, you get an option for setting up a metered connection. This way the bandwidth is sustained by priority updates. So, the feature updates that often cause stability issues get minimized by enabling this option.

If you use a broadband connection or Ethernet to access the internet, then this method will fail. But it’s so easy and simple for windows 10 users using WiFi connections. Let’s check the steps.

  1. Go to SettingsNetwork & InternetWi-FiAdvanced options and then you can see an image like below Or you can search Change WiFi settings in your search bar and then click Advanced options. You can see the image below.

Turn Metered Connection Off

  • Set the option Set as metered connection On. You are done.

Once you are done, Microsoft won’t bother you anymore for automatic updates. 

Method-4: Use Local Group Policy Editor

If you are a broadband connection user, then there is no default setting to disable the automatic update. We can use Local Group Policy Editor to do this manually.

  1. First, you have to open the run prompt. Press the Windows + R key.

Local Group Policy Editor

  • Write gpedit.msc on the run prompt and click OK. Now You will see the Local Group Policy Editor.

How to Stop Windows 10 Automatic Update

     3. Now go to Computer Configuration Administrative TemplatesWindows Components Windows Update.

     4. Double-click on Configure Automatic Updates and ensure the Enabled option is on.

Click on configure automatic update

Enable configure automatic update

  • After that, select the Notify for download and auto install option.

Notify for download and auto install

  • Finally, click Apply then OK.

Method-5: Use the Windows Registry

You can stop Windows 10 automatic updates by registry editor. It’s not anything so tough but one thing you must have to keep in mind if you mess up things while editing, then your computer can crash. So, follow the below instructions carefully and for more safety, it’s better to back up your PC before approaching.

  1. First, you have to open the run prompt. Press the Windows + R key.
  2. Type Regedit and click OK. Now you will see the Registry.

How to Stop Windows 10 Automatic Update

     3. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows.

     4. Right-click on the Windows folder and go to New Key.

Go to  New → Key

     5. As you got the new key name it WindowsUpdate and press enter.

     6. Now right-click on the WindowsUpdate key and go to New Key.

Go to New → Key

     7. Then name it AU and press enter.

     8. Now right-click on the AU and go to New DWORD (32-bit) Value.

     9. This time name the new key AUOptions and press enter.

Notify for download and notify for install

     10. Finally, double-click on AUOptions tochange its value data into 2 (2 for Notify for download and notify for install).

     11. Finally After setting the proper value, Click OK

You are done now! Restart your PC after everything gets completed.

Upgrading way from windows 7 to windows 10 is a bit different than stopping the Windows 10 automatic update. You know Microsoft released their Windows 10 fall creators update hope you will like the updates.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I turn off automatic updates with Windows Update Blocker?

It’s a pretty simple method. First, download and extract Windows Update Blocker. After that, launch the program and simply click on Disable Updates, then Apply Now. As simple as that!

Is it okay to stop automatic updates on Windows 10?

The fact is Windows require updates to keep your PC secure and stable. The updates generally come with new security patches and other bug fixes. Therefore, when you stop automatic updates, your system can’t update the Windows itself. That’s why you are the one who has to update them manually.


If you have gone through the whole article, you should have no more confusion about how to stop windows 10 automatic updates! Just make sure that you have applied them properly and enjoy using your PC. For more queries, knock us in the comment section.  

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