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How to stop a Windows 10 update?

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  • How do I stop Windows 10 from updating?
  • How to stop automatic updates in Windows 10?
  • How to disable Windows 10 updates?
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Answer:

Sometimes, it isn't very reassuring to see our computer system regularly and frequently installing Windows 10 updates automatically.

Windows 10 quality updates or cumulative updates are among one of the features that the users complain the most. The Windows 10 computer systems always download and install these updates automatically as soon as they are ready for their devices.

Here, you will learn how to stop a Windows 10 update and decide when to install them. There are many ways to disable a computer's Windows from downloading and installing updates on our computer automatically. Let's see the three most popular methods:

  • Disable automatic Windows updates using Settings
  • Disable automatic Windows updates using Group Policy
  • Disable automatic Windows updates using Registry

Disable automatic Windows updates using Settings

This method is used to disable the automatic updates on Windows 10 temporarily. This method doesn't disable the update feature permanently; on the other hand, it postpones the updates. You can delay the Windows updates for up to a specified date by using this method.

Follow the steps given below:

  • Go to the Start menu and click on the Setting option.
How to stop a Windows 10 update
  • Click on the "Update and Security" option opened in the new popup window.
How to stop a Windows 10 update
  • Click on the "Windows Update" and after that, click on the "Advanced options" button.
How to stop a Windows 10 update
  • After clicking on the "Advanced options" button, a new popup window will appear. See under the "Pause updates" sections. Here, you can see that it is paused for 35 days by default.
How to stop a Windows 10 update
  • Besides temporarily disabling all updates for 35 days, Windows 10 also provides an option to delay or postpone only quality updates up to 30 days. Use the last drop-down menu under the "Pause updates" sections and select the number of days that you want to delay or postpone quality updates for Windows 10.
How to stop a Windows 10 update
  • After completing the above steps, your system won't download and install monthly quality updates until the date you set is reached.

Disable automatic Windows updates using Group Policy

This method is used in Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise, or Education. This feature is not available in the Windows 10 Home edition. You can use this method to permanently disable Windows 10 automatic updates or change the Windows Update settings to decide when to install updates.

Use the following steps:

  • Press the Windows logo + R key, type gpedit.msc in the search box, and then click OK.
How to stop a Windows 10 update
  • Now, a new popup window will appear. Click on the "Computer Configuration" option.
How to stop a Windows 10 update
  • Now, go to "Administrative Templates" and click on that option. After that, click on the "Windows Components." See the below image:
How to stop a Windows 10 update
  • After clicking on the "Windows Components," it will expand. Now, click on the "Windows Update." See the below image:
How to stop a Windows 10 update
  • Now, double-click on the "Configure Automatic Updates" on the right side, and a new popup window will appear.
  • Now, select "Disabled" in Configured Automatic Updates in the newly opened window, and then click "Apply" and "OK" to disable the Windows automatic update feature. See the below image:
How to stop a Windows 10 update

Note:

  • Now, your Windows 10 is permanently disabled for any automatic updates in the future. However, you can still download and install patches manually from Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, and then click on the Check for updates button.
  • If you want to update your Windows version later, you can similarly repeat the above steps, and then select "Enabled" to turn on this feature. This will make you able to download the updates.

Disable automatic Windows updates using Registry

There is another way to disable the automatic updates for Windows 10 by using Registry. You can disable the automatic updates for Windows 10 by editing the Registry, but editing the Registry is a risky task. It can damage your Windows 10 installation if you don't do it correctly. It is also an irreversible process, so you cannot revert your process once you started. That's why it is recommended to make a full backup of your PC before proceeding with this method.

Note: This is not a recommended method to disable automatic Windows 10 update.






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