How to Stop Windows 10 Update

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. It seems impossible to disable Windows 10 update, no matter with Control Panel or the Settings app. Don’t be upset! There are several solutions to this problem. 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
Way 2: Disable Windows Update service
Way 3: Change Group Policy Settings
Way 4: Change Device Installation Settings

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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