August 7, 2022
How to Disable Windows 10 Automatic Updates


Microsoft has made it mandatory for Windows 10 users to update their computers. The company has set the new operating system to receive new updates automatically by default. Windows 10 Pro users have the option to delay the updates they receive, but if you’re on Windows 10 Home, there’s not much you can do about it.

,See also: How to Create a Bootable USB Disk for Windows 10)

The company’s move to automatically update all Windows 10 computers has received a lot of criticism from users. Not only can this eat up a huge chunk of data from your limited data plan, we have seen cases where an automatic update caused problems with users’ computers. Whether you want to delay or block Windows from automatically updating your computer, there are a few simple tricks that can do the job for you.

,See alsoHow to Disable Automatic App Updates on Windows 10

If you use Wi-Fi to access the Internet
Interestingly, there is a simple option in the Wi-Fi settings which, when enabled, prevents your Windows 10 computer from downloading automatic updates. To do this, search Change Wi-Fi Settings Start menu or Cortana. Click advanced optionsand enable toggle at the bottom set as metered connection,

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Once done, Microsoft will stop pushing updates to your Windows 10 computer after it detects you’re on a limited plan (works even if you’re not).

The problem is that if you have a broadband connection and you use an Ethernet cable to connect to the Internet, this trick won’t work. There was another method that used to work in preview builds but no longer, so if you are still on preview builds of Windows 10, you can try it by following the steps we mentioned after telling you another trick.


disable selective updates
Microsoft has also released a tool that can be used to selectively hide or disable Windows 10 updates. All you have to do is download it from the company Website, and install it on your computer. Follow the instructions on the website to disable the problematic update.


Using Group Policy Editor
In Windows 10, the option to disable automatic updates is invisible by default. You can tweak a setting in the Group Policy Editor to show this option and prevent your Windows 10 computer from downloading automatic updates. To open the Group Policy Editor, go to the Start Menu or Cortana and search for gpedit.msc and press enter. Then follow these steps:

(Note: This option is available in preview builds of Windows 10)

1) Click computer configurationchoose more Administrative Templates on the following page.windows_10_gpedit_1.jpg

2) Now select all settings and scroll down the list to find the entry that says configure automatic updates,windows_10_gpedit_all_settings.jpg

3) Double click on it and select Active Radio button from the left.windows_10_gpedit_enable.jpg

4) Once you’ve done that, you should be able to edit alternative Plank on the bottom. Click on the drop bar and select the fifth option that says Let the local administrator choose the setting,

Now that the option to disable automatic downloads is available again, you need to go and select it.

1) go here control Panel (Desktop app), select More order and security,

2) Under that, click on Windows Updatechoose more change settings on the following page. Now you will see the option that says Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them, Select it and your computer will now check for updates, but never download or install them without your permission.


If you don’t want your Windows 10 computer to check for updates, there’s a way for that too, though we don’t recommend doing so. With that being said, this is the way:

1) Go back to the Group Policy Editor as mentioned above.

2) Now select all settings and scroll down the list to find the entry that says configure automatic updates,windows_10_stop_updates_ndtv.jpg

3) Double click on it and select disabled,

That’s it, now your computer won’t even check to see what updates are available for Windows 10.

Did these methods work for you to stop Windows 10 from downloading updates automatically? Did we miss another trick? Let us know through comment. Also visit our How To section for more tutorials.

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