How to stop Auto Updates in Windows 10 in Simple Way

Windows 10 software updates install on your device automatically (whether you like it or not), but this guide can help you retake control and decide when to install them.

On Windows 10, you no longer have absolute control over software updates. They’re mandatory, and they download and install automatically to ensure your device stays up to date with the latest security patches and improvements. This approach is convenient for many users, but it’s not one that everyone wants.

If you’re running Windows 10 Pro or higher, it’s possible to retake control and prevent the OS from downloading and installing updates automatically using the Local Group Policy Editor or the Registry.

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How to prevent automatic updates using the  Group Policy Editor

how to change the Local Group Policy Editor settings:

  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and click OK to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  3. Browse the following path:
  4. Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update
  5. On the right side, double-click the Configure Automatic Updates policy.
  6. On the left side, check the Enabled option to enable the policy.
  7. Under Options, you’ll find a number of ways to configure automatic updates, including:
    • 1 – “Notify for download and notify for install.”
    • 2- “Auto download and notify for install.”
    • 3 – “Auto download and schedule the install.”
    • 4 – “Allow local admin to choose setting.”

    You should select the update option you want to configure. If you select option 4, you can specify exactly when to install new updates. You can also choose to install updates during automatic maintenance, on a particular day and time, and you can even check the option to include other Microsoft product updates when updating the OS.

8.Click Apply.

9.Click OK to complete the task.

  1. While you can pick from any of the available options, your best choice is probably 2 – Notify for download and notify for install. This option will not only prevent the OS from downloading updates automatically, which can save you data when using a metered internet connection, but you’ll get a notification when new updates are available.When new updates are released, you’ll receive a notification in Action Center, but updates won’t download and install until you’re ready and do the following:
    1. Open Settings.
    2. Click on Update & security.
    3. Click on Windows Update.
    4. Click the Download button.
    5. Click the Restart button to complete the task.

 

 

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