3 best ways to disable automatic update on windows 10

There is no greater Windows 10 controversy than its policy of forced updates. While great in theory, for many users the reality of updates which download và install automatically has been horribly different and the question on many users lips is: How vì chưng you stop them?

Now we have an answer:with three potential options. Each has its own pros and cons, so read on khổng lồ find out which is mostsuitable for you.

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Word of Warning: automatic updates are typically a good thing & I recommkết thúc leaving them on in general. As such these methods should primarily be used for preventing a troublesome update from automatically reinstalling (the dreaded crash loop) or stopping a potentially troublesome update from installing in the first place.

Limitations - For Windows 10 trang chủ users there is no way lớn stop security updates. These are not delivered using the Windows Update Service, but I would not recommkết thúc stopping them in any case. The methods below are to give sầu you power over feature và driver updates, less essential areas where I believe sầu users should have control.

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Option 1: Stop The Windows Update Service

As central as it is khổng lồ the core of Windows 10, Windows Update is actually just another Windows process so it can be stopped with these simple steps:

xuất hiện the Run command (Win + R), in it type: services.msc and press enter From the Services danh sách which appears find the Windows Update service and open it
In ‘Startup Type’ (under the ‘General’ tab) change it to lớn ‘Disabled’ Restart

To re-enable Windows Update simply repeat these four steps, but change the Startup Type lớn ‘Automatic’

Option 2: Setup A Metered Connection

Windows 10 offers users on metered connections a compromise: to lớn save bandwidth Microsoft confirms the operating system will only automatically tải về & install updates it classifies as ‘Priority’.

While Microsoft doesn’t reveal its method of classification, this does cut down more frivolous updates which typically include new drivers và software features - both of which have sầu already caused stability problems.

xuất hiện the Settings phầm mềm (Win + I) xuất hiện the ‘Network và Internet’ section xuất hiện ‘Wi-Fi’ và cliông xã ‘Advanced Options’ Toggle ‘Set as metered connection’ to ‘On’

Note: If your PC uses an Ethernet cable lớn connect khổng lồ the Internet the Metered Connection option will be disabled as it works with Wi-Fi connections only (silly I know).

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Option 3: Group Policy Editor

This is a halfway house: the group policy editor will notify you about new updates without automatically installing them (how previous generations of Windows always worked) - though again security updates will still install automatically.

Note: Windows 10 trang chủ users have khổng lồ sit this one out, it is only for Windows 10 Education, Pro và Enterprise editions.

Open the Run commvà (Win + R), in it type: gpedit.msc and press enter Navigate to: Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update xuất hiện this and change the Configure Automatic Updates setting to lớn ‘2 - Notify for download & notify for install’ mở cửa the Settings ứng dụng (Win + I) & navigate to -> Update và Security -> Windows Updates. Clichồng ‘Cheông chồng for updates’ which applies the new configuration setting Restart

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Alternatively for Windows 10 users without group policy access:

Open the Run commvà (Win + R), in it type: regedit and press enter Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsUpdateAU In there create a ‘32-bit DWORD’ value called ‘AuOptions’ và under ‘Value Data’ type 2 & clichồng ‘OK’ Open the Settings app (Win + I) and navigate to lớn -> Update và Security -> Windows Updates. Cliông chồng ‘Check for updates’ which applies the new configuration setting Restart

Interestingly Microsoft also provides a fourth, slightly different option that is worth considering…

The Show/Hide Tool

Strangely the so-called ‘Show/Hide Tool’ is not part of Windows 10 nor can it be found through Windows Update. Instead it can be downloaded from Microsoft here.

Unlượt thích the three options above, the Show/Hide Tool is not proactive sầu so it doesn’t stop any automatic updates from downloading và installing. Instead it allows you to ‘Hide’ an update from Windows 10 so if you uninstall it Windows Update will not try to lớn reinstall it automatically.

This is very useful if a particular update is causing your system problems. Then again the Show/Hide Tool doesn’t work with Priority Updates.

Time To See Sense

Of course - handy as they are - what all these options illustrate is a need for Microsoft to lớn get with reality.

The fact Windows 10 updates itself automatically by default is largely a good thing, but every equivalent from rival desktop OSes and điện thoại OSes to website browsers all offer the choice lớn proactively disable updates if preferred.

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For Windows 10 whether this comes in the form of pre-install update notifications (which can be toggled on or off) or more granular control over each individual update, doesn’t really matter. There needs to be at least the option of greater control.

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