There are 4 simple ways one can turn off the windows 10 updates, using the windows update GUI option, or windows registry setting or using GPO and stopping the windows update service using the services.msc command.
Before we discuss how to turn off windows 10 updates, let me tell you this, regular windows updates actually help your system performance, fixes bugs, protect against viruses, and updates the system drivers. Remember keeping automatic update turned off for a long period is not recommended.
Whatever the reason when you want turn off windows 10 automatic updates, then follow anyone of the method listed below.
Windows 10 turn off automatic updates using a service
Open run dialog box, click start menu and type in run to choose the run option or press Windows + R in keyboard shortcut to open the run window and then type in services.msc command.
Once the services.msc console is opened then search for a service name called windows update and right-click on that service choose the properties option as shown in the below screenshot.
Select the startup type option and choose Disabled option and click on stop option to stop the service as shown in below screenshot and click on ok to turn of the Windows 10 automatic updates.
Windows 10 turn off automatic updates using GPO
- Open run dialog box and type in gpedit.msc to open local group policy editor as below screenshot.
2. Goto the following path Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update and Double-click the Configure Automatic Updates policy on the right-side pane as shown in below screenshots.
Now select the option Disabled and click on apply and ok options.
Once these steps are completed then windows 10 turns off the all automatic updates on your local computer.
Windows 10 turn off automatic updates using Registry key
Before we start discussion about the registry way let me tell you deal with registry entries cause unpredictable issues, make sure you aware of the risk if something goes wrong.
Open run dialog box and type in Regedit command to open registry editor as shown in the below screenshot.
Goto the path
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows as shown in the below screenshot and Right-click on the Windows folder key, choose New optin, and then click on the Key option.
We need to create two folders under windows, one is with name as WindowsUpdate and a sub folder under this folder name as AU see the below screenshots and follow the same.
Now we need to create a registry key DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it as AUOptions and double-click on the newly created key AUOptions and change the value to 2 meaning ” Notify for download and auto install” that’s it, see the screenshots for the same.
AUOptions registry key values and meaning
2 Notify for download and auto install.
3 Auto download and notify for install.
4 Auto download and schedule the install.
For more information visit Microsoft.com
Windows 10 turn off automatic updates using Control panel
- Open settings, click on start menu and type in settings
- Double click on Updates and Security option
- Now click on the Advanced options
- In Advanced option, Pause Updates turn it on to temporarily stop auto-downloading windows updates, see the screenshots and follow the same.
It’s grayed out for me, I need to restart my computer to turn on the Pause Updates option.
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