How to disable automatic updates in Windows 10

disable-update-in-windows-10 Good day.

By default, after installing Windows (moreover, this applies not only to Windows 10, but also to everyone else), the option to automatically update will be enabled. By the way, the update itself is a necessary and useful thing, only the computer often behaves unstably because of it …

For example, 'brakes' can often be observed, the network can be loaded (when downloading an update from the Internet). Also, if your traffic is limited – constant updating is not good, all traffic can be used not for the tasks that were intended.

In this article, I want to look at a simple and quick way to disable automatic updates in Windows 10. So…

1) Disable update in Windows 10

In Windows 10, the START menu has been implemented quite conveniently. Now, if you right-click on it, you can immediately get into, for example, computer management (bypassing the control panel). What actually needs to be done (see fig. 1) …

Figure:  1. Computer management

Figure: 1. Computer management.

Next, in the left column, open the 'Services and Applications / Services' section (see Fig. 2).

Figure:  2. Services

Figure: 2. Services.

Find 'Update Center Windows (local computer)' in the list of services. Then open it and stop. In the 'Startup type' column set the value 'Stopped' (see Fig. 3).

How to disable automatic updates in Windows 10

Figure: 3. Stopping the Update Service Windows

This service is responsible for detecting, downloading and installing updates for Windows and other programs. After disabling it, Windows will no longer search and download updates.

2) Disable updates through the registry

To enter the system registry at Windows 10: you need to click the 'magnifying glass' (search) icon next to the START button and enter the regedit command (see Fig. 4).

Entering Registry Editor

Figure: 4. Entering Registry Editor (Windows 10)

Next, you need to go to the next branch:

НKEY_LOCAL_МАСHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CURRENTVersion \ Windows Update \ Auto Update

It contains the AUOptions parameter – its default value is 4. It must be changed to 1! See fig. five.

Figure:  5. Disable auto-update

Figure: 5. Disable auto-update (set the value to 1)

What do the numbers in this parameter mean:

  • 00000001 – Do not check for updates;
  • 00000002 – Look for updates, but the decision to download and install is made by me;
  • 00000003 – Download updates, but the decision to install is made by me;
  • 00000004 – auto-mode (downloading and installing updates without user command).

By the way, in addition to the above, I recommend setting up the update center (more on this below in the article).

3) Configuring the update center in Windows

First open the START menu and go to the 'Options' section (see fig. 6).

Figure:  4. Start / parameters

Figure: 6. Start / parameters (Windows 10).

Next, you need to find and go to the 'Update and security (Update Center Windows, data recovery, backup)' section.

Figure:  5. Parameters

Figure: 7. Update and security.

Then open the 'Update Center Windows' itself directly.

Figure:  6. Update Center.

Figure: 8. Update Center.

In the next step, you need to open the 'Advanced options' link at the bottom of the window (see Figure 9).

Figure:  7. Parameters

Figure: 9. Additional parameters.

And in this tab, set two options:

1. Notify about reboot scheduling (so that the computer asks you about the need for it before each update);

2. Check the box next to 'Postpone updates' (see Figure 10).

Figure:  8. Postpone updates.

Figure: 10. Postpone updates.

After that, you need to save the changes. Now updates should not be downloaded and installed anymore (without your knowledge)!


By the way, from time to time, I recommend manually checking for critical and important updates. Still, Windows 10 is still far from perfect and the developers (I think so) will bring it to the optimal state (which means there will definitely be important updates!).

Happy work in Windows 10!

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