Microsoft has made its update compulsory for every Windows 10 user. Windows 10 automatically checks for any new update in the background and download them without even notifying users about it. While it looks great in theory that updates downloads and installs automatically in the background but for some users, it’s not quite convenient.
Suppose you are using your smartphone as a hotspot to connect your PC to the internet, many time it happens that you have limited data available to use. In such cases, it often happens that windows update process eats all their data in downloading and installation process.
How should we deactivate automatic updates in Windows 10?
The question has many potential answers. Microsoft lets you take control of this update process but, these options are hidden, and also there are limitations to this process. Windows 10 Home edition users has no way to stop security updates, it will automatically download and install in the background (as it is not handled by windows update service). Also, Windows 10 Home users don’t have access to group policy editor. But there are other ways by which you can prevent updates from automatically downloading.
Word Of Advice: I recommend leaving an automatic update on in general. Typically leaving this setting as they are is a good thing as it delivers important security updates and bug fixes.
Following are the methods that illustrate how to turn off automatic update in Windows 10?
Method 1: Set up a Metered Connection
You might use many WiFi networks for your work, and you don’t want your updates to download over the certain network. In this case, you can setup that network as “Metered connection”. Windows won’t download updates automatically over Metered connection to save bandwidth. But still, Microsoft said that updates which are classified as “Priority” will be downloaded automatically over Metered connection.
Here are the steps to setup a Metered Connection:
- Open Settings (Windows Key + I).
- Go to Network & the Internet.
- Open WiFi, if you are currently connected to WiFi network- click on it, turn ON- Set as Metered Connection.
- If you want to set another connection as Metered, go to Manage known Networks- Click On the desired Network→ Properties→ Turn ON Set as Metered Connection.
Note: The above method only works with a WiFi connection, if you are using Ethernet cable to connect to the internet, it can’t be set as a Metered Connection.
Method 2: Group Policy Editor
This method will notify you whenever there is a new update available without automatically downloading them (This is how previous Windows OS updates use to work). But again security updates will be installed automatically in the background.
Note: Windows 10 Home users don’t have access to group policy editor, only Windows 10 Pro, Education and Enterprise editions will be able to use this method (Windows 10 Home users can use alternate registry hack method).
- Open Run Command (Windows Key+ R), type:
- Go to Computer Configuration→ Administrative Templates→ Windows Components→ Windows Update→ Configure Automatic Updates.
- Now, Configure automatic updating to- 2 – Notify for download and notify for install.
- Now go to the Settings app and check for update (this will apply new configuration setting), then Restart your computer.
For Windows 10 Home users, you can use registry editor hack as following:
- Open run command (Windows key+ R), type:
- Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE→ SOFTWARE→ Policies→ Microsoft→ Windows→ WindowsUpdate→ AU.
- Now, At AU create a value called AuOptions with 32-bit DWORD and in “Value Data” enter “2“, hit OK.
- Now check for updates from settings (it will apply new configuration) and restart your PC.
Method 3: Disabling Windows Update Service
As we know Windows update is just a process, which can be stopped in very few steps.
- Open Run Command (Windows Key + R), type:
- Find Windows Update Service and open it.
- Set the startup type to→ Disabled.
- Restart your PC.
You can change your preference any time you want, just follow above steps.
Method 4: Show/Hide Tool
It is not a part of Windows 10, instead, it is a tool provided by Microsoft which you can download from here.
Unlike the above methods, this tool does not prevent automatic updates from being downloaded and installed in the background. It only allows you to hide certain updates from Windows 10. So, if any update creating problems and system errors, you can uninstall it and Windows Update service will not download and install that certain update automatically.
This is it! The few easy tricks to prevent automatic updates in Windows 10. Though I will suggest you, leave the auto update as it is. It is a good thing that Windows 10 updates itself automatically. But, Microsoft should provide more control over update process as they did in previous versions of Windows. Maybe they Will!
Until then you are stuck with the above tricks. Do share this post with your friends. If you have any questions feel free to comment down below. Suggestion and feedbacks are welcomed. Stay tuned for future updates.