How to Stop Automatic Updates in Windows 10

Windows 10 automatically downloads updates by default. For those who are on limited bandwidth plans may not find this feature beneficial. In such a case, disabling those updates is very important. This post shows you how to configure Windows 10 to disable these updates while you're on a limited internet plan. Learn how to disable or to enable those automatic updates on your Windows 10 computer.

By default Windows 10 downloads critical and important security updates. It also checks for new updates if you have set Automatic maintenance. The updates being forced on every device is not a good option for those who are on limited internet plans.

In such cases, disabling these updates is not only a necessity but also saves you from the additional bandwidth consumption costs. Below are some of the ways you can disable Automatic updates from Windows 10. You can enable and disable these updates using the same methods explained below:

Disable Updates using Metered Network Connection Settings

When you have a bandwidth limit on your broadband connection, downloads could cost you a lot of money. Microsoft tackled this issue by allowing you to choose to disable these downloads.

Follow the instructions below to disable updates using Metered connection -

1. Right click on your network icon in the taskbar.
2. Click on Network Settings link.
3. Click on the network connection type option. (e.g. Wifi or Dialup)
4. Click on the advanced options link from the right side pane.
5. Turn on button for "Set as metered connection" option.
6. Close the settings.

Making this change will stop any automatic updates that comes to your PC. However you have to do this change for each network connection type in order to disable the updates.

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You can also do these changes using the Command Prompt. Follow the instructions below to make your connection metered using command prompt.

1. Find the profile using following command:
netsh wlan show profiles

2. Make your profile metered using following command:
netsh wlan set profileparameter name="name" cost=Fixed

Note : Here name should be replaced with the name of your profile. And for the cost parameter set it to either fixed or variable to make it metered.

You have to repeat this for all the profiles on your machine and set the cost parameter to fix. This way Windows will be restricted from downloading updates.

Using Windows Registry to Disable Windows Service

You can use Windows registry to disable updates as well. Do note that wrong changes in the registry could make your system unstable.

Follow the instructions below -

1. Open Windows Registry.
2. Find the following Key in the registry : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
3. Set the NoAutoUpdate to 1.

Note: If you don't find the key called "NoAutoUpdate" then you have to create it and set the value to 1.

This method is effective and disables your automatic update option. However I suggest you to only use this method if you know how to work with the registry. Also, taking a backup of your registry is a good option before modifying it. You can take backup of registry from the application itself. You can also use registry cleaner apps to save the existing settings of registry.

Disabling the Windows Update service

Windows update service runs in the background and pushes the updates as they arrive. This service is active by default and unless you disable it the updates will continue to arrive. Here's how you can disable the Windows update service by using Local service editor.

Follow the instructions below -

1. Search for the word - "services" in the search tab of Windows. And then click on "View Local Services".
2. Select the "Windows Update" service.
3. Click on the Stop button to stop the service.
4. Set the startup type to Disabled.
5. Click on Ok button.

If you are Command prompt user then you can use Powershell to disable the service. You can disable or enable Windows update service on per-user basis. Follow the instructions below -

1. Open Windows Powershell.
2. Type in the following command.

stop-service wuauserv
set-service wuauserv –startup disabled

These commands will stop Windows 10 from automatically contacting the update server. And this way you won't have to update Windows 10 unless you really want to. Do note that updating Windows on regular basis ensures that you get critical security updates which can protect your computer from serious vulnerabilities.

In future Microsoft may allow you to disable updates or even remove existing ways to disable updates. As of now above mentioned methods work on all editions of Windows 10. You can use them to disable the Automatic Updates for all your devices.

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