How to Turn Off Automatic Updates In Windows 10

Introduction

 
Updating your computer is an important part of maintaining its general health, well-being and protecting the device from bugs or viruses. Windows 10 updates often contain fixes for critical problems, and installing them can keep your computer/laptop running smoothly.
 
Microsoft has made updates mandatory for Windows 10 users to regularly update their computers. The company has set Windows 10 to automatically receive the new updates by default. In Windows 10, quality updates always download and install automatically as soon as they are ready for your device. While this approach makes sure that every computer/laptop has the latest security patches, operating system updates, performance, and stability improvements.
 
Automatic updates in any Windows version are good for quickly fixing up the loop-holes. If someone has malicious intent they can  find a loop-hole through which they can exploit Windows Operating Systems. When this happens, Microsoft sends an update immediately to fix it before too much damage is done. By using automatic updates, Microsoft can effectively deliver security patches to users who might not even know the issue existed. It is also good for users who don't have a good command of technology. By allowing the computer to update itself, the user does not face any serious problems. This means that users who are not so well-versed in Windows can get the updates needed to keep their computer safe, secure, and updated.
 
Automatic Updates in Windows 10 is a new way that the operating system handles updates. Automatic updates are installed automatically when Microsoft Windows decides to do it. But automatic updates are extremely frustrating for Windows 10 users as they are often forced to restart their computer/laptop at an inopportune time.
 
This tutorial will show you various methods on, how to disable the Automatic Updates in Windows 10.
 

Method 1 - Disable the Windows Update Services

 
Follow the below instructions to proceed.
 
Step 1
 
From the Start menu, open the Run dialog box or you can Press the "Window + R" key to open the RUN window.
 
Step 2
 
Then, type "services.msc" and press the enter button to open "Services Window".
 
Step 3
 
Find and select the "Windows Update" option from the "Services" list, then select the "Stop" option to stop the service.
 
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Step 4
 
Once the Windows Update Service has stopped, right-click on Windows Update Service and select "Properties".
 
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Step 5
 
Click on the “General” tab and change the “Startup Type” to “Disabled”.
 
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Exit the "Services Window" and enjoy your Windows 10 Computer/laptop free from updates and When you want to re-enable Automatic Updates in Windows 10 you just follow the same procedure by selecting “Automatic” when choosing the “Startup Type” option.
 

Method 2 - Through Group Policy Editor

 
In Windows 10 Pro, you can use the "Local Group Policy Editor" to disable automatic updates permanently, or you can change the Windows Update settings to decide when updates should install.
 
Step 1
 
From the Start menu, open the Run dialog box or you can Press the "Window + R" key to open the RUN window.
 
Step 2
 
Then, type "gpedit.msc" and press the enter button to open "Local Group Policy Editor".
 
Step 3
 
Navigate to the following path - "Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Windows Components>Windows Update".
 
Step 4
 
Search the Configure Automatic Updates and double click on it.
 
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Step 5
 
Check the Disabled option to turn off the Automatic Updates.
 
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Once you complete the following steps, Windows 10 will stop downloading updates automatically.
 
For Limiting Updates
 
In the Limiting Updates Feature, the updates will stop downloading automatically. However, when a new update becomes available, you will receive a notification to download and install updates manually from the Windows Update settings page.
 
Step 5
 
Check the Enable option to turn on the policy.
 
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Step 6
 
Select the option that indicates “Notify for download and auto-install”.
 
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Conclusion

 
By following the above steps, the Automatic Updates will be turned off in Windows 10, but remember, Windows Updates are very crucial to safeguard your device and data and to improve the overall experiences.
 
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