Windows always needs to update? Fix it now

by Madalina Dinita
Madalina Dinita
Madalina Dinita
Windows & Software Expert
Madalina has been a Windows fan ever since she got her hands on her first Windows XP computer. She is interested in all things technology, especially emerging technologies... read more
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Admittedly, Microsoft updates are super important in securing your PC against myriad security threats. They also ensure that you enjoy the best experience when using various Microsoft software including their Office suite. But sometimes the updates can prove a nuisance because the tech giant has designed the update function such that Windows always needs to update, sometimes several times in one day.

So, how can you stop this behavior and use your Windows 10 PC in peace? Well, let’s look at the cause of this intrusive conduct before discussing how to halt it.

As I mentioned, an updated operating system guarantees maximum security for users. But not all users are committed to updating their Windows 10 so apparently, Microsoft thought it wise to make Windows 10 update itself automatically.

The company is always trying to catch up with makers of malicious software by releasing new updates rather frequently. Consequently, there are so many updates seeking to address specific vulnerabilities. To some, the automatic update feature is time-saving. However, other users find it pretty intrusive and will go all out to terminate the practice.

Why is Windows 10 constantly updating?

  1. Use Group Policy to disable automatic updates
  2. Disable auto-updating using the Windows registry
  3.  Set your Internet connection to be metered
  4. Block the Windows Update Service
  5. How to install updates manually

1. Use Group Policy to disable automatic updates

Users of Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise and Education versions can bar automatic updates using their Group Policy Editor. Once done, the Group Policy will be notifying you of fresh updates instead of automatically installing them.

  1. Press Windows key + R to launch the Run utility.
  2. Type gpedit.msc then click OK.gpedit.msc Windows always needs to update
  3. Click on Computer Configuration, then select Administrative Templates and lastly choose Windows Components.local group policy editor windows turn off automatic updates
  4. Now click Windows policy windows update Windows always needs to update
  5. Double-click on Configure Automatic Updates.configure automatic updates windows needs to update always
  6. Choose Disabled (as shown) and click Apply then OK.configure automatic updates disabled windows needs to update

This disables the automatic Windows Update feature.

2. Disable auto-updating using the Registry

If your Windows always needs to update, you might fix it by using the Registry Editor. The registry is one of the most powerful computer management tools and can help you rein in on this issue. To make these changes, do the following:

  1. Launch the Run tool by pressing the Windows key + R.
  2. Type regedit and press Enter. Choose Yes if prompted by UAC (User account control).Windows always needs to update regedit
  3. Go to this path:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
  4. Right-click on the Windows folder/key then select New and click on Key.
    how to stop windows 10 auto update registry editor
  5. Name this key(new) WindowsUpdate then press Enter.
    turn off auto update windows 10 new key
  6. Now right-click on the freshly created key (Windows update) and select New again and then click on Key. You will name this newest key AU then press Enter.
    Windows always needs to update new key
  7. Now Right-click on the right-hand side (of AU) then select New then click on DWORD(32-bit) Value.
    Windows always needs to update new dword
  8. Name this new DWORD key NoAutoUpdate then press Enter.
    NoAutoUpdate key Windows always needs to update
  9. Again Double-click on this newly created DWORD key and modify its value date to 1 (from 0).
    value data how to disable windows 10 update permanently
  10. Click OK and restart your PC.

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3. Set your Internet connection to be metered

Limiting your WiFi Internet connection can also help impede the terrible behavior where Windows always needs to update.

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Click on the Settings.settings start menu Windows always needs to update
  3. Choose the Network & and internet Windows always needs to update
  4. Click WiFi (on the left pane).
  5. Select the name of the Wi-Fi connection you’re using.wi-fi connection Windows always needs to update
  6. Click it, and enable Set as metered connection option.metered connection windows needs to update constantly


4. Block the Update Services

Disabling the service in charge of the automated updates can sometimes help if Windows always needs to update.

  1. Press Windows key + R to start the Run box.
  2. Type services.msc then press Windows always needs to update
  3. Scroll down until you find Windows Update then double-click update service windows 10 keeps updating every day
  4. Choose Disabled in the Startup type then select Apply and OK.startup type disabled Windows always needs to update

5. How to install updates manually

Once you implement any of the above fixes, you still need to download and install essential updates at your own convenience. Here is how to manually check for updates.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Click Update & Security and then Windows Update.Windows always needs to update update and security
  3. Now click Check for updates.
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  4. If there are pending updates, install them.

There you go, these are some solutions that you can use if Windows always needs to update, so be sure to try them all, and let us know if they work in the comment section below.


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