There are a lot of changes in Windows 10, and automatic updates is one of them. Along with the automatic updates, Windows 10 is also pre-configured to use your bandwidth to deliver updates, but you can easily disable it. When it comes to automatic updates, there is no straightforward way to configure or disable them.
If you ever want to, here are different ways to disable automatic Windows 10 updates.
Enable Scheduled Restart
Windows 10 automatically restarts whenever it finishes downloading or installing the updates. If you don’t like this behavior, you can configure Windows 10 to restart at a scheduled time. To do that, click on the Notification icon in the taskbar, and then select the “All settings” option.
The above action will open the Windows 10 settings panel. Here, select the “Update and Security” option.
Select “Windows Update” in the left pane, and then click on the “Advanced Options” link in the right pane.
Under “Choose how updates are installed,” select the “Notify to schedule restart” option from the drop-down menu.
From this point onward, Windows 10 will notify you to schedule a restart to install the downloaded updates.
Notify to Download Updates
Other than scheduling a restart after downloading or installing the updates, you can force Windows to notify you before downloading the updates. To do that, press “Win + R” and type
gpedit.msc to open the Windows Group Policy Editor.
Navigate to “Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update” in the left pane, and double-click on the “Configure Automatic Updates” policy.
The above action will open the relevant policy settings. Select the “Enabled” radio button, and then select the “Notify for download and notify for install” option from the drop-down menu. Now click on the “Ok” button to save the changes.
Restart your system. Windows 10 will now notify you before downloading and installing the updates.
One thing to keep in mind is that even though Windows 10 notifies you before downloading and installing the updates, you still cannot pick and choose which updates are downloaded and installed.
Hide Unwanted Updates
If you find any updates that are conflicting with your Windows 10 system, you can easily hide them using the Show or Hide updates troubleshooter app provided by Microsoft.
To start, download the app and execute it. Once the app has been opened, click on the “Next” button to continue.
Click on the “Hide updates” option.
This action will scan for all available updates including the driver updates. Just select the updates you want to hide, and click on the “Next” button.
This action will hide the update. You can now close the app.
If you ever want to, you can easily unhide the updates using the same app. One thing to keep in mind is that this solution is just temporary, and the updates will resurface from time to time, so save the downloaded app in case you need it in the future.
Disable Automatic Updates By Enabling Metered Connection
Note: disabling the updates is never encouraged; only follow the below tips if you know what you are doing.
If you want to disable the Windows 10 updates completely, you can certainly do so.
One way is to set your Internet connection type to “Metered.” When on metered connections, Windows won’t download the updates.
To start, open the Settings window from the Action Center. Select the “Network and Internet” option.
Select your connection, and then click on the “Advanced options” link.
Scroll down and turn on the metered connection option. From now on Windows won’t download the updates as long as the metered connection setting is active.
However, the metered connection option is only available when you are using WiFi or mobile data.
Disable Updates By Disabling Services
Another way to disable the Windows 10 updates is to simply stop the Windows Updates service from running altogether. To do that, press “Win + R,” type
services.msc and press the Enter button to open the Windows Services.
Once the Services window has been opened, find the “Windows Update” service, right-click on it and select the “Properties” option.
The above action will open the “Windows Update Properties” window. Select the “Disabled” option from the drop-down menu next to “Startup type.” Once selected, click on the “Ok” button to save the changes.
From this point forward no updates will be installed on your Windows 10 machine.
As you can see, it may not be straightforward, but you can certainly configure and disable automatic updates in Windows 10 to a certain extent.
Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above methods to configure or disable automatic updates in Windows 10.