How To Disable Windows 10 Automatic Updates Installation

looking for Ways to Stop or Disable Windows 10 Automatic Updates Installation? Here Are Some Different Ways to completely Disable Windows 10 Automatic Update Installation. With Windows 10 Microsoft has made it mandatory to Download and install Windows updates Regularly to safe and secure Windows 10 computers. These updates keep your computer stable and up to date by providing crucial security patches. And fix the Security holes created by Third-party applications.

But For some users, these frequent updates can be annoying as they can slow down your PC and could possibly slow down your Internet speed. Again for Some other users, the reality of updates that download and install automatically has been horribly different and the question on many users’ lips is: How do you stop them?

Disable Windows 10 Automatic Updates

In the previous version Windows 8.1, 7 you can control updates download settings from Windows updates settings in Control Panel. But In Windows 10, By hiding these update settings Microsoft makes sure everyone gets the latest updates related to security patches and new Windows features.

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Note: automatic updates are typically a good thing and I recommend 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.

But by Performing some Advanced Tweaks (Such as Disable Windows update service, Tweak on Windows registry editor, and Using group policy) We can Control The Windows 10 Automatic Update installation. Let’s Discuss the steps to Disable Windows 10 Automatic Updates Installation.

Using Registry Editor

Tweak the Windows Registry To Disable Windows 10 Automatic Update Installation. This is The best method that works on all editions of Windows 10. As You can configure and change any Windows settings using the Registry Editor. But editing the Registry is a risky task, so before proceeding it is recommended to backup the registry database.

To Disable Windows 10 Automatic Updates Installation Using registry first open Windows registry. you can do this by type regedit on the start menu search and hit the enter key. Then navigate to

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In the left side, right-click on the Windows, select New and then click Key. This will create a new key and rename it to WindowsUpdate.

create WindowsUpdate registry key

Now-Again Right-click on the Windows updates key and select New > Key. It will create another key inside WindowsUpdate, and rename it to AU.

Create AU registry key

Now right-click on AU, select New, and click DWord (32-bit) Value and rename it to AUOptions.

Create AUOptions key

Double-click on AUOptions key. Set the base as “Hexadecimal” and change its value data using any of the below-mentioned values:

  • 2 – “Notify for download and notify for install”.
  • 3 – “Auto download and notify for install”.
  • 4 – “Auto download and schedule the install”.
  • 5 – “Allow local admin to choose the settings”.

set key value to notify for install

Changing the data value to “2” stops the Windows 10 automatic update and ensures you will receive a notification every time a new update is available. If you want to allow the automatic update, change its value to 0 or delete the keys created in the above steps.

From Local Group Policy Editor

Note: Windows 10 Home users have to sit this one out, it is only for Windows 10 Education, Pro, and Enterprise editions.

Press the Windows key + R key type “gpedit.msc” and hit the enter key to open the Local Group Policy Editor. Then navigate to the following path:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update

Now, On the middle pane double-click on the Configure Automatic Updates under the list of settings. A new window will pop out, check the Enabled option. Under Configure automatic updating, select option 2 – “Notify for download and auto install” to stop the automatic installation of updates. Click Apply then OK and restart Windows to successfully apply these settings.

Tweak Local Group Policy Editor to Stop Windows Update Installation

This method will prevent automatic installation of Windows updates and you’ll receive a notification every time a new update is available. If you ever wish to change it back to default, just select option 3 – “Auto download and notify for install”.

Disable Windows Update Service

Again disabling the Windows update service prevents Windows 10 from automatically downloading and installing the latest windows updates.

To do this Press Windows + R, type services.msc, and hit the enter key. This will open Windows services, scroll down and look for Windows update service. When you simply double-click on it on properties Change the Startup type Disable and Stop the service if it’s running.

Stop Windows Update Service

And to re-enable Windows Update simply repeat these steps, but change the Startup Type to ‘Automatic’ And Start the service.

Setup A Metered Connection To limit Updates Download

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

Note: If your PC uses an Ethernet cable to connect to the Internet the Metered Connection option will be disabled as it works with Wi-Fi connections only.

Press the Windows + I key -> Then click on ‘Network & Internet. On the left side select WiFi, Double click on your wifi connection, and Toggle ‘Set as metered connection’ to On.

Now, Windows 10 will assume that you have a limited data plan on this network and won’t download all updates over it automatically.

These are some Best Ways to Stop and Disable Windows 10 Automatic Updates Installation. Also, if there are any other ways to stop Windows 10 updates that you know of, do let me know in the comments section below.

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