Disable Windows 10 automatic updates: tips and tricks

Madeleine Dean By: Madeleine Dean
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Updating Windows 10 can often turn into a troublesome process. There are many errors that may affect Windows Update and block the update process. Sometimes, Windows 10 updates cause severe technical issues, that can even make computers unusable.

Also, deferring Windows 10 updates is not always easy. Many users report that their computers often download and install the latest Windows 10 updates, despite turning off Windows Update.

Fortunately, there are some tricks you can use to take control over Windows 10 Update. Before using the tips and tricks listed below, it is worth mentioning that by turning off Windows Update, you expose your computer to various threats. In other words, if you want to keep your computer safe, installing the latest updates is a must. But then again, some updates could cause various issues. It’s your call.

Tips and tricks to disable Windows 10 automatic updates

1. Disable Windows Update

Although Microsoft doesn’t offer a clear option to disable updates, you can still turn them off by disabling the Windows Update service. To do this, follow the steps listed below:

1. Type services.msc in the Search menu

2. Scroll down and locate Windows Update in the list

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3. Double click Windows Update services > go to Properties > Startup type > select Disabled

4. Click Apply > OK.

In this manner, Windows Update will no longer launch when you start your PC.

2. Set a metered connection

By setting your network connection to metered, you reduce the amount of data your computer sends and receives. As a result, you can limit the apps that rely on Internet connection to update or run. In this manner, Windows Update will only download priority updates. In other words, you can’t avoid new updates altogether, but you can limit the number of updates that Windows 10 downloads.

To enable the metered connection option, go to Settings > Network and Internet > Wi-Fi > Advanced options > Metered connection > Turn on the option.

It is worth mentioning that you can’t meter your Ethernet connections using the Settings menu because Microsoft assumes that this type of connection supports unlimited data. You can indeed edit the registry to set metered connections on Ethernet, but that’s more complicated.

3. Use a dedicated Windows 10 update disabler tool

You can install Windows 10 Update Disabler and block automatic installation of updates. This tool runs in the background, and doesn’t affect your system’s performance.

The software evaluates the status of Windows Update using an undocumented system to prevent Windows from overwriting it before it disables updates. The tool also terminates all scheduled Windows Update tasks.

That about it for our solutions to block Windows 10 updates. If you’ve used other workarounds to disable automatic Windows updates, list the steps to follow in the comment section below.

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