How to Stop Windows 10 Automatic Updates [Guide + Video]


Willing to learn a way to stop Windows 10 automatic updates! You are on the right page. If you are a Windows 10 user by now you knew that Windows 10 don’t allow you to stop automatic updates, unlike earlier Windows version. If your broadband don’t offer you unlimited bandwidth then that could create a problem. Another side effect can be since it steals your internet download speed, your browsing experience may suffer a lot during auto-update.

The good thing is we have a solution for this. We can stop Windows from automatic downloading and installing updates. There are two ways to achieve this purpose. The first method will work on both Windows Home and Professional version while the other one will only work with Professional version.

stop Windows 10 automatic updates

Stop Windows 10 Automatic Updates Method 1

Step 1: Open Control Panel. In the right-hand corner, you will find View by option. There you need to select Large icons.

Step 2: Now click on the first option Administrative Tools. Now navigate Services from the list and then double-click on it to open it.

Step 3: Scroll all the way to the bottom and there look for Windows Update. Double-click on it to open the options window. Now click on Stop button to stop Windows update immediately. However, this only stops updating Windows in the current session. To stop it permanently you need to click on the drop down menu located beside Startup type. Then select Disabled from the list and click on OK button.

stop Windows 10 automatic updates Method 1

This method will immediately stop Windows to downloading and installing updates. To re-enable automatic update you need to reset Startup type back to Automatic (Delayed Start). You also need to start the service again by clicking on Start button.

The drawback of this method is Microsoft may push very important update such as security patch but you will never know it from notification menu. The next method that only works on Windows 10 Professional version can overcome this situation.

Stop Windows 10 Automatic Updates Method 2

Step 1: Type mmc in taskbar search box and select the first result. Microsoft Management Console windows will appear.

Step 2: Go to File menu and click on Add/Remove Snap-in… option. A list window will appear, from the list double-click on Group Policy Object and then click Finish without changing anything. Then click OK button.

Step 3: Expand Local Computer Policy located in left column. Then expand Computer Configuration and then Administrative Template. And finally, expand Windows Component. Then scroll down to the bottom and click on Windows Update.

Step 4: In the middle column you will see all available Windows Update options. From there double-click on Configure Automatic Updates. Click on Enabled radio button and it will allow you to make changes on Option column. From the Configure automatic updating drop-down menu chose Notify for download and notify for install option. And now click on OK button.

stop Windows 10 automatic updates Method 2

Now restart your computer for this setting to take effect. Once done, you will get a pop-up notification if there is any new update available for Windows 10.

If you find any difficulty to follow this stop Windows 10 automatic update guide then do let me know in a comment and I’ll try to help you out.