Microsoft regularly releases security updates for Windows 10 with various bug fixes and security improvements and Feature updates every six months that ship with some real changes made to the operating system. And the latest windows 10 is set to download and install windows updates automatically when the machine is connected to Microsoft server where the company makes sure that every computer has the latest security patches, performance, and stability improvements. If due to any reason you are looking to stop windows updates from being installed automatically on your device you are in the right place. Here we have listed the official ways to stop this behavior and decide when to install Windows updates.
Disable Windows 10 update
Yes, the company officially allows pause or defer windows update options where you can stop Windows 10 updates installed automatically from 35 days.
Pause Windows updates
- Click on the start menu then select settings,
- Go to Update & security then Windows update,
- Here you will get an easy 1-click link to Pause updates for 7 days.
- This option also available for windows 10 home users to quickly pause windows being install on their device.
- If you are looking for pause updates for more then 7 days then click on the advanced options link,
- Here Under the “Pause Updates” section, use the drop-down menu to select how long (between 7 to 35 days) you want to delay updates.
- Once you completed the steps, Windows 10 will defer updates from being installed on your device for up to 35 days. Though, at any time, you can come back to Settings to disable the feature.
Defer Updates using the registry editor
If you are Windows 10 Home user, you won’t have access to the Local Group Policy editor, but you can pause cumulative updates up to 30 days using the Registry.
- Search for regedit and select registry editor,
- From the left-hand side navigate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings
- Now on the right-hand side double-click the DWORD DeferQualityUpdatesPeriodInDays.
- And In the “Value data” field, enter a number between 0 to 30 representing the number of days you want to defer quality updates.
- Click ok to make save changes and restart your PC
That’s all, hope this helps stop windows 10 updates install automatically and decide when to install Windows updates.
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