Microsoft is continuously updating windows 10 builds to fix the bugs and provide you the best performance. They want you to catch all the updates as soon as possible. It’s a quite good way to make users happy and secure, but are you? Maybe, it’s annoying when the updates automatically downloaded and forced you to restart after a short time.

We offer some methods that you can apply to temporary or completely disable the Windows 10 updates. Let’s have a look at these.

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Best Way to Prevent Windows 10 Automatic Updates

  • Set Metered Connection

If you’re using the internet via Ethernet or wireless connection, then this method is for you. First, you need to set the connection as metered connection. To do this, navigate to settings > network and internet or right click on the network icon in the taskbar and click on open network & internet settings. Now select your connection (WiFi/Ethernet) and click the connected network. Then, scroll down and turn on Set a metered connection. That’s it.

Keep in mind that, it will stop all the upcoming updates including security. But there is an option to get your desire updates according to your selection. Go to the windows updates, check the updates and select what you want to download and install.

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  • Turn Off Automatic Windows Store App Updates

As windows 10 team continuously improving features and making it more convent for the consumer. Now you can quickly turn off or disable automatic app updates in windows 10. Just open the windows store app and click on the top right corner (three dots) of the windows and select settings > update apps automatically (turn it off).

Done! Now, you can manually update windows store apps clicking on the download arrow button. If you don’t know how to check updates, then just click on the (three dots) icon and chose downloads & updates and check updates. You will get here all the list of updates.

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  • Get Notification (not for home user)

You can get the notification of the updates in the action bar and choose whether to start the download or not. It’s mainly good if you are using low bandwidth or limited connection.

To do, press ‘windows +R’ and enter “gpedit.msc” in the empty box and hit ok.

You can also access, using start menu then type edit group policy and open. Now follow the below instruction.

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update

Double click on the right side to “Configure Automatic Updates”. You can see it’s not configured yet. Enable and set automatic updates, choose 2 – Notify for download and notify for install and tap OK.

  • Pause Updates Up to Seven Days

Latest Windows 10 builds offer pause updates maximum seven days. You can do this each week, but you have to updates after each period. Meanwhile, if you want to get updates weekly, it will be a great option to stick with.

  • Schedule Time to Install Updates

You can also delay the installation of updates. It has added since in November update. To enable this option, navigate to settings > windows updates > restart option > pick schedule a time & day. It is wise to turn on “show more notification” that you can get notified while restarting.

  • Fully Disable Auto Updates

If you have read all the other methods, then it’s time to do something substantial. It will ultimately disable the updates. It works in all editions of Windows 10.

Go to start, type & open Service > windows update (double-click to open). Click on Stop in-service status (it will show if the wuauserv running in the background).

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Now choose startup type and select Disable. Apply & OK.

That’s it!

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If you ever change your mind and get back to updates, then you may need to install updates using the portable update manually. You can also run windows updates troubleshooter tool to fix the updates issue.

Moreover, disabling the updates of windows 10 not a right decision unless you have a limited internet connection. Its keep your device safe and secure which you always want to be. We are not encouraging you to disable the updates permanently. As you can see, there are lots of options to get the updates whenever you want and install them when you’re not using your device.

So, what do you think? Microsoft should provide an official option of update settings like in windows 7? Or you’re happy what you have got now. Let us know in the comment section below.