How to Stop Windows 10 Update

Dan Price 12-01-2018

One aspect that Microsoft got very wrong was Windows Updates. The situation has slowly improved Windows Updates Are Set to Get Less Annoying Under the new system, Windows 10 updates should be smaller in size, be downloaded more efficiently, and put less strain on your system resources. A change you probably won't even notice. Read More  with subsequent updates, but performing updates still isn’t as smooth or customizable as it should be.


If you’re fed up with thinking about Active Hours and dealing with random restarts, you might want to kill the update feature altogether. In this article, we’ll explain how to stop Windows 10 updates.

Note: Failure to keep your operating system updated can leave you with security vulnerabilities. If you turn off automatic updates, you should still manually check for updates on a regular basis.

How to Stop Windows 10 Update

Method 1: Use a Metered Connection

If you set your Wi-Fi network up as a metered connection How to Set Your Wi-Fi and Ethernet Connection as Metered in Windows 10 In Windows 10, you can set your Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection as metered. This will limit the data consumption by Windows Update and other background apps. Here's how to set it up. Read More , Windows will stop automatically downloading updates to your machine. The trick works even if you’re not on an actual metered connection:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Click on Network and internet.
  3. In the panel on the left, choose Wi-Fi.
  4. Click on the name of your Wi-Fi network.
  5. Scroll down to Metered Connection.
  6. Slide the toggle into the On position.

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Method 2: Use the Group Policy Editor

Sadly, the metered connection trick does not work if you use an Ethernet cable to connect to the web. You should use the Group Policy Editor instead:

  1. Press Win + R.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
  3. Click on Computer Configuration.
  4. Select Administrative Templates.
  5. Click on All Settings.
  6. Scroll down to Configure Automatic Updates and double-click on the entry.
  7. Select Enabled in the top left-hand corner.
  8. Choose Notify for download and auto install.
  9. Click Apply.

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How to Manually Check for Windows Updates

To check for updates manually, go to Settings > Update & security > Windows Update and hit the Check for Updates button.

Have you disabled updates on Windows 10? Let us know in the comments.

Related topics: Troubleshooting, Windows 10, Windows Update.

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  1. B Fitch
    June 13, 2018 at 4:27 am

    Thank you so much for showing me how to manage yet another hidden 'benefit' of Windows 10! Have been frustrated for ages by updating taking over my machine and interrupting my work. Hope this fix does what it promises. Otherwise it's yet another trip to my amazing geek-shop.
    Now to change the admin setting on all the machines I'm responsible for.

  2. Scott
    May 25, 2018 at 3:11 am

    The group policy editor can not be found..

  3. Larry
    May 1, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Don't waste your time people none of the above will work!!!!!!!

  4. hawl
    April 19, 2018 at 3:23 am

    To ensure the easiest and most secure way to turn off Windows 10 updates

    Step one: Change the DNS to ""

    Step two: There is no step two.

    • zabrina Chase
      April 28, 2018 at 6:23 pm

      I will do that now. But I do worry about Trojans.
      I keep my fingers crossed and hope this works.....

  5. ma whit
    March 17, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Did both, windows 10 still updated automatically and restarted our systems crashing a process that was running and the computer. Last time we lost thousands of hours of business data! Not happy with windows updates. It is our computers to use as we need to perform our work, not as Microsoft sees fit. Forced updates is a joke! The updates are not compatible will all software and causes software to crash and burn. We am working on dropping all windows operating systems and microsoft products unless microsoft goes back to letting us chose what and when to download and install updates! So frustrated with windows updates and the loss of data and the financial cost to our business!

  6. Ray
    February 22, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Try deleting the whole Windows Update module guys.
    It works for me. Even though I manually tried to start the Windows Update, the Windows Update Service would NOT work at all.

    • Larry
      May 1, 2018 at 5:04 pm

      How to do?

  7. SRN
    January 31, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    None of this works. Every time I search on "stop windows 10 automatic updates", a hundred sites pop up with the same stale information. NONE of it works.

    There has to be a way to (a) delete whatever system file that kicks off the update, (b) delete the timer program that kicks off the system file and (c) delete the auto-re-install file.

  8. Oliver
    January 20, 2018 at 9:43 am

    I am using Windows 10 Pro version 1703 Build 15063.726 on a Microsoft Surface Pro and there is no "Configure Automatic Updates" option under Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | All Settings.

  9. Ivanzinho
    January 15, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Thanks a lot!! I was trying to convert a VHD XP Mode machine to Virtualbox but I wasn't able when adding an existing hard drive throw me the error "not matches the UUID ...", now I can run XP in Virtualbox.

  10. Tim
    January 15, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    You should specify when an article is related to Windows 10 Pro only.

  11. Cam
    January 12, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Method 2 seems like the auto update still running judging from "Choose Notify for download and auto install.".
    Wouldn't select "Disabled" in the top left-hand corner stop the update entirely?

  12. Chuck K.
    January 12, 2018 at 11:45 am

    How long has MS been doing this updating thing? Then too, I've seen a few tech sites and well known techies say UPDATE..the right thing to do. This article appears to be for people who are pushing the envelope on learning the innards of the computer. The average person probably wouldn't venture into anything like this. There are some great tips/articles here, but just who is this one for? Ordinary people get a computer, turn it on and compute. They don't care about this stuff. Yes, the tutorials do help at the beginning. By and large they just want the damn computer to work their internet, games and the like. Maybe an idea would be to put a tag on the article such as Novice, Intermediate and Advanced? This might make it easier for the ordinary people to go to the easy articles that explain things better and without much "playing" with the controls. I have used the Windows OS since it began and each update to a version or new version overlaid on the "current" one has never caused a problem for the computers I used to own or the one I have now. I doubt there are two computers exactly the same in the world. That includes hardware, software etc. What MS tries to do is get it right for 100% of the computers that use Windows. That is a monumental task and is never achieved. So out of how many computers does it crash or not work? How many millions versus a hundred thousand? So people gripe about it? lol

    • David
      January 12, 2018 at 5:41 pm

      You are not very bright. Did you know last update trashed people’s computers? Many updates 10 put out are not tested and patches follow.
      Law suits have been filed and yes Microsoft had to pay. I hope you like to fish cause one day Microsoft will make a boat anchor out of your pc. By the way last update is so bad Microsoft has stopped it but not in time over 2500 PCs are dead.

    • Stephen L.
      January 13, 2018 at 7:37 am

      You hit the nail on the head Chuck. Most people just want a computer that works, they don't care about how it works. It's impossible for Microsoft to be perfect because there are too many multiple different computers, each with their own different individual configurations.

      Sadly we live in a world where there are many people who deliberately try to break things just to get their own notoriety. There are multiple new vulnerabilities and exploits coming out on a daily basis, and each one of those need to find ways to fix them. As soon as a patch gets release, there's always someone out there who goes to work to find another way to break things.

      Yes, patching and updates are a pain, but they are needed to ensure computers remain safe and secure. If you don't patch and update, then you open your computer up to the possibility of being breached, your computer being used for nefarious purposes, or your personal information being stolen.

      • Pierre
        January 13, 2018 at 12:06 pm

        Sure Have - - like yesterday !
        as in the latest Creators Update Release of windows-10,
        & It Did Crash the Desktop :eek: Revert,, Revert,, Revert.
        which, fortunately did work :)

        Note: the Bing Search Did Not bring up This Article . .

    • David B
      January 23, 2018 at 5:44 am

      Every time an update tries to occur it destroys my entire network internet connection and all the users start screaming. That's why it should be made easy and sticky to only notify of updates but not download or do them until the users gives consent. This is an issue for all types of users, dumb or sophisticated. MS just makes it ridiculously hard to take control of updates, and particularly hard in W10 Home.

      Once you think you have it stopped then when you do allow an update they turn it all on again for you.

      Now they've removed the registry value you can tweak to accomplish this in Home version, and you are forced to collect a bunch of missing features and get them installed in your OS again. If you do get it working it will probably all just disappear again next time you do an update.