How to Stop Windows 10 Update [Top Tips]

4 Easy Ways to Disable Windows 10 Auto Update!

By Lillian Lai in Technical Tips Tags: Windows Update

As a Windows 10 user, you may have noticed that you are always forced to install the Windows automatic updates (whether you like it or not). It seems impossible to disable Windows 10 update, no matter with Control Panel or the Settings app. This is annoying, isn’t it? Whenever you are working on your computer, Windows automatically updates the system, and you cannot even save the current work before the computer restarts, and you have to restart the system very often, spending much on restarting and updating. 

How Can I Stop Windows 10 Auto Update?

Don’t be upset! There are several solutions to stop Windows 10 update. This article outlines 4 easy methods about how to stop Windows 10 update. You don’t need to try them all; just work your way through until it solves your problem.

Way 1: Meter your network connection to stop Windows 10 update
Way 2: Disable Windows Update service to stop Windows 10 update
Way 3: Change Group Policy Settings to stop Windows 10 update
Way 4: Change Device Installation Settings to stop Windows 10 update

Options to update are not available in Windows 10 

With Windows 8.1 and earlier versions, you can choose to update your Windows in the following four options:

1. Install updates automatically (Recommended)
2. Download Updates but choose when to install them
3. Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them
4. Never check for updates (Not Recommended)

So you can decide when to download the updates as you prefer. But these options are not available in Windows 10 now, and you are forced to automatically install updates in your computer (whether you like it or not).

It can prevent or fix problems, improve Windows performance and save your time to keep your Windows up-to-date. However, sometimes you may get into a situation where the new updates may interfere with the current work you are doing. To avoid this happening, you may prefer to choose when to install the Windows updates as you wish. You can try the ways below to disable Windows 10 update.

Way 1: Meter your network connection to stop Windows 10 update

Many people may not notice that there is a simple way to stop Windows 10 automatic updates. You can set your WiFi network as metered connection. So if your computer is connecting to WiFi, you can try this:

1) Click the Start button at the bottom left on your desktop, then click the Settings app.

2) Click Network & Internet.

3) Click WiF on the left pane, then click the name of your Wi-Fi connection.

4) Click to turn on Set as metered connection.

In doing this, Windows will assume that you have limited data plan when using WiFi. So it won’t push installing updates in your computer. However, if your computer is connecting to Ethernet, Windows will assume that you have unlimited data plan, and this method will not work. You can also try the following methods to turn off Windows 10 update.

Way 2: Disable Windows Update service to stop Windows 10 update

Windows Update service can detect, download and install the Windows updates and programs. Once disabled, you can not use the Windows automatic update feature, and programs will not be able to automatic download and install. Follow these instructions:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key + R at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type services.msc and press Enter.

3) Scroll down to Windows Update, and double click it.

4) In Startup type, select Disabled. Then click Apply and OK to save the settings.

5) If it’s the first time that you stop the Windows Update service, you may also need to take one more step:

Still on the Windows Update Properties pane, click the Recovery tab, select Take No Action in the First failure section, then click Apply and OK to save the setting.

6) Restart your PC to make it take effect.

Note: If you disable the Windows Update service, your computer will not be able to download the updates. When you manually click to update, you will see a message that updates were not installed because computer was stopped. So if you want to update your Windows 10, you can go to the Windows Update service, and select Automatic to enable the service. Then you will be able to update your Windows.

Way 3: Change Group Policy Settings to stop Windows 10 update

You can also use the Group Policy Editor to change the settings to prevent Windows 10 from automatically updating.

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key + R at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type gpedit.msc and click OK.

3) Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update.

4) Double click Configure Automatic Updates.

5) Select Disabled in Configured Automatic Updates on the left, and click Apply and OK to disable the Windows automatic update feature.

Tips: When you need to update your Windows version later, you can repeat the steps above, then select Enabled to turn on this feature, so that you can continue to download the updates.

Note: It’s not recommended to disable it because you may sometimes miss the important Windows update. It’d better to select Enabled, then choose: 2 – Notify for download and auto install. In doing so, you will receive notifications about new Windows update, and you can to choose when to download the update as you wish.

Way 4: Change Device Installation Settings to stop Windows 10 update

If you don’t want to automatically update your device drivers in your computer, you can try these steps:

1) Type control panel in the search box, and click Control Panel.

2) Click System.

3) Click Advanced system settings on the left.

4) Click the Hardware tab, then click Device Installation Settings.

5) Select No (your device might not work as expected) and click Save changes

6) Click OK to finish the settings. Then your device drivers will not automatically download from the manufacturers.

Tips: It’s possible there’re problems with some drivers, as the outdated or missing drivers can cause problems as well. So please turn on this setting when you plan to update your drivers.

Automatic update your drivers

If you are not familiar with playing around with drivers, it’s recommended to do it with Driver EasyWith Driver Easy, not only you can install the correct drivers, but also choose when to install them.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers. 

3) Click the Update button next to a flagged device to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver (you can do this with the FREE version). 

Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

4) After updating, restart your computer to make it take effect.

There are the helpful methods to stop Windows 10 update. Hope it works for you. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below and we will see what more we can do to help.

  • Marwan Abd El-Ghany

    it’s working for few days then back again to auto update i hope you find i solution for that

    • Lillian Lai

      Hi Marwan, sorry for what happened.
      Do you have Windows 10 Update Assistant installed in your computer? Does the Windows Update service change to auto update when your computer starts downloading the Windows updates?

      • Marwan Abd El-Ghany

        i realized that when i turn off my pc then turn on again it changes but not all the time however i used also a tool called *NoVirusThanks Win Update Stop* to disable auto update and it’s worked for 4 days didn’t know if it will continue
        thanks a lot for the fast replay

  • Lillian Lai

    Hi Jake, sorry to hear the Windows Update Assistant issue on your computer.
    We tried to reproduce the issue, and found that the Windows Update assistant would change the settings in the Windows Update service when it starts updating your computer, and unfortunately, disabling the Windows Update service can only stop the Windows update in Settings, instead of the Windows Update Assistant.
    Would you please try to perform a clean uninstallation of Windows Update Assistant on your computer? Just follow the steps below:
    1. Press the Windows logo key + R at the same time, type appwiz.cpl, and press Enter.
    2. Find the Windows Update Assistant in the listed programs, and right click Windows 10 Update Assistant.
    3. Click Uninstall, and confirm the uninstallation.
    4. Open File Explorer, and click This PC.
    5. If the Windows Update Assistant is installed by default when you install your Windows OS, go to the file where your system is installed, normally it’s This PC > C drive > Windows > Windows10Upgrade, then delete the Windows10Upgrade file.
    If the Windows 10 Update Assistant is installed separately, you can go to the file where the Windows 10 Update Assistant is saved, and delete the installation file. It’s normally named as Windows10Upgrade.
    6. Go to This PC > Windows, delete the files named UpdateAssistantV2 and UpdateAssistant.
    Then try the method 2 in the article to stop the Windows Update service, and restart your PC to see if it works.

    • Felipe Friozi

      omg… i was googling this problem and you just reply 12h ago.. thanks man !!!

  • Stuart Taylor

    I have tried disabling the windows update service a few times now (using your method 2, above), but it only retains the ‘disabled setting’ for a while and then somehow reverts back to automatic or manual! How can I ‘lock’ the setting?

    • Lillian Lai

      Hi Stuart, sorry to hear what has happened.
      Would you please try to stop the Windows update in the Services application? You can open the Windows Update service by following the steps in Method 2. Then double click Windows Update. In the Service status section, click Stop to directly stop the service.Then you’ll stop running the Windows Update service in your computer.
      You can click Start in the Service status section next time when you want to enable the update service. Hope that helps. 🙂

      • Stuart Taylor

        The Windows Update Service is already showing as “stopped” – so I can’t stop it any more. This is like a virus from Microsoft. Whatever I do to try and stop it, every few hours, shortcut appears on my screen “WIndows Update Assistant” and I find that the WUS has switched itself back to “Manual (triggered)” – SO annoying!! I have even tried setting my network to “metered connection” but this doesn’t work either.

        • Lillian Lai

          Hi Stuart, that’s weird…
          Is it the first time you stop the Windows 10 update? There seems to be one setting that is neglected. Still on the Windows Update Properties pane, click the Recovery tab, and select Take No Action on the First failure section, and click Apply and OK to save the setting.
          Microsoft may try to recover the Windows update service if it fails to update for the first time in Windows 10. So would you please take a check there? I’ve updated the article for the method 2 and added the detailed instructions with pics. You can also check the method 2 for the detailed steps. 🙂

          • Stuart Taylor

            thanks Lillian. I have taken the additional step and set “take no action” on the first failure. I will let you know if this stops the update requests

            • Lillian Lai

              No problem Stuart. It’s my pleasure to be able to help, and thanks for raising up the issue.
              Oh please do restart the computer after saving the settings.
              Feel free to let me know if there is anything new 🙂

              • Stuart Taylor

                Ok, I did as you suggested, but still I am recieving update attempts. The shortcut appears on my desktop and the process of downloading the update commences. I went back to Services.msc to check and again the windows update properties had changed back to “Manual (trigger start)” Whatever I do to try and stop it, it just keeps on trying to update me!!

                • Lillian Lai

                  Hi Stuart, we try to reproduce the issue and figure it out. Windows 10 Update Assistant seems to have the administrative rights to modify the settings in the Window Update service. When it runs and try to upgrade Windows, the settings in the Windows Update service will be changed. The Windows Update service can change the setting in the system (such as Setting app), but not in the Windows update assistant. The assistant won’t stop even if the WU service has been stopped 🙁
                  The direct way to stop update is to uninstall the Windows 10 Update Assistant to solve this problem. You can try this to uninstall: Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Windows 10 Update Assistant > Uninstall. After uninstalling, open Windows Update service to stop the update service as in the Method 2 suggests, then restart your PC, then you should disable all the updates in your Windows.
                  Sometimes the Windows 10 Update Assistant may reinstall itself after rebooting PC (Maybe Microsoft doesn’t want Windows to be disabled, so it tries every tricks to re-enable the update service…uh), you can try the method in this post on Windows Forum to get rid of it: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-windows_install/is-it-possible-to-uninstall-the-windows-10-update/f6c52b1e-e4aa-48f4-9d56-7eae9640deda
                  Hope it helps.

                  • Stuart Taylor

                    ok, i have uninstalled Windows Update Service and rebooted. Let’s see if this fixes it! Thanks so much for your help. I really appreciate it

                  • Stuart Taylor

                    Ok, uninstalling the WIndows update assistant seems to have prevented my computer being able to connect to the internet! The troubleshooter told me this was because of windows firewall, so I disabled the firewall and now I can connect. But I am not too happy about the idea of having to have my firewall permanently disabled! Any ideas?

        • Stuart Taylor

          Hi Lillian, not sure if you saw my post yesterday about my internet connection problems?

          • Lillian Lai

            Hi Stuart, Sorry for the late reply. Do you mean that the connection stops after uninstalling the Windows 10 Update Assistant? Would you please write us an email at support@drivereasy.com with the information of the issue? We have found out a way to see what’s the cause to change the settings in the Windows Update system, but it’d better to communicate in emails with the screenshots. Let me know your thought 🙂

            • Stuart Taylor

              thanks. emailed you!

    • Lillian Lai

      Hi Stuart, it seems the settings may be modified by the system. Our tech team is looking up the issue. Would you please send us email at support@drivereasy.com with the problem details, so we can further troubleshoot and better communicate with you? Thank you 😀