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How To Turn Off Automatic Updates Windows 10

Automatic Updates on your Windows 10 device serves the purpose of updating your OS to its latest version,  thus making it less vulnerable to online threats. You don’t have to take the pain in manually updating your Windows 10, and the updates are periodically downloaded and installed making your PC more secure, safe and stable. However, when not monitored, these updates can take up a lot of disk space on your device. Sometimes, it also happens that a particular update brings about unnecessary bugs (which might be fixed in the next update) making your system slow and erroneous. Thus, it’s a good idea to monitor the updates yourself, and download them as and when necessary. For that, you need to turn off automatic updates in Windows 10. In this article, we will discuss some of the easiest ways of doing so. Therefore, go through this article thoroughly, and find out how.


How To Disable Windows 10 Automatic Updates?


You need to follow some steps while trying to turn off or disable automatic updates on your Windows 10 device. We have mentioned the ways of doing so in short and simple steps. Just follow the steps mentioned below to disable the automatic updates, and thus get rid of any annoying situation you are facing.


Solution 1: Turn Off Windows Update Service


Disabling the update services is just one way to get rid of the automatic updates on your Windows 10 device. This procedure is limited to the fact that once disabled, it will prevent any updates. However, it will re-enable by itself after a certain interval of time. Here are the steps to follow:


  1. Press the Windows key + R together from your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type ‘services.msc’ in that box and click OK or hit Enter. The Services window will open.
  3. Look for Windows Update in the services list and double-click on it to open its properties.
    In the Properties window, set the Startup type to ‘disabled.’ Click Apply and then OK.

Solution 2: Change The Group Policy Editor Settings


You can use the Group Policy Editor to turn off the automatic updates, only if you are using a Professional, Education or Enterprise version of Windows 10. This feature is not available on Windows 10 Home edition. Just follow these steps to turn off the Automatic Updates using the Local Group Policy Editor:


  1. Press the Windows key + R together from your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type ‘gpedit.msc’ in that box and click OK or hit Enter. The Local Group Policy Editor will open.
  3. In the left pane of the Group Policy Editor window, navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update.
  4. On the right side, double-click on Configure Automatic Updates and select Disabled. Click Apply and then OK.

This will disable the Windows Automatic Update feature on your Windows 10 device. If at any point in time, you choose to update your Windows 10, then you need to follow the steps as mentioned above and this time, select Enable to re-enable this service. After that, Windows 10 will update as usual.


Solution 3: The Metered Connection Trick


If you are using your Windows 10 device over a WiFi network, you can set your network connection as metered. So that, Windows 10 will stop downloading and installing some of the updates by itself. Basically, setting your connection to metered means that you are telling your OS that you have a metered connection, which only allows a specific number of bits of download per month. Thus, Windows will stop some of the updates that it thinks will affect your download limit. Follow these steps to set your network to metered:


  1. Click on the Start button at the bottom left of your screen.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click on Network and Internet.
  4. In the left pane, click on WiFi. Then, select the name of your WiFi connection.
  5. Next, turn on Metered Connection.

These are the methods of turning off automatic updates on your Windows 10 device. Hope, after going through the solutions and implementing them accordingly, you can disable automatic updates in Windows 10 without any hassle.