Disabling automatic updates in Windows 10 (4 ways)



  1. Change Wi-Fi settings -> Set as metered connection. Search for Change Wi-Fi settings in Start Menu. Click Advanced Options, and enable the toggle below Set as metered connection.
  1. Local Group Policy Editor
    1. Go to gpedit.msc and press enter
    2. Click on Computer Configuration, and select Administrative Templates on the following page.
    3. Now select All Settings and scroll down the list to find the entry that says Configure Automatic Updates
    4. Double click on it and select Enabled radio button from the left upper side
    5. Once you have done that, you should be able to edit the Optionspane at the bottom. Click the drop bar and select the fifth option that says Allow local admin to choose setting.
    6. Now that the option to disable automatic downloads is available again, you need to go and select it.
      1. Go to Control Panel(desktop app), and select System and Security.
      2. Under that, click on Windows Update, and select Change settings on the following page. You will now see the option that says Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them. Select it and now your computer will check for updates, but never download or install them without your permission
  2. Disable Windows Update Service (service will re-enable itself after a certain amount of time)
    1. Windows + R
    2. Typle services.msc
    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.
  1. Edit Registry (backup recommended)
    1. Windows key + R
    2. Type regedit, and click OK to open the Registry. Browse the following path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
    3. Right-clicky the newly created key, select new, and click Key
    4. Name the new key AU and press Enter. Inside the newly created key, right-click on the right side, select New, and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value
    5. Name the new key AUOptions and press Enter. Double-click the newly created key and change its value to 2. It’s for “Notify for download and notify for install”. Click OK.
    6. Close the Registry to complete the task