How to Stop Windows 10 Updates? [7 Methods]

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How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?
How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?

How to Stop Windows 10 Updates? Windows 10 is serviced in a significantly different manner from previous releases of Windows. Its delivery is often described by Microsoft as a “service”, due to its ongoing updates, with Terry Myerson explaining that Microsoft’s aim is that “the question ‘what version of Windows are you running’ will cease to make sense”.

Unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows Update does not allow the selective installation of updates, and all updates (including patches, feature updates, and driver software) are downloaded and installed automatically. Users can only choose whether their system will reboot automatically to install updates when the system is inactive, or be notified to schedule a reboot. If a wireless network is designated as “Metered”—a function which automatically reduces the operating system’s background network activity to conserve limits on internet usage, most updates are not downloaded until the device is connected to a non-metered network.

Stop Windows 10 Updates via Pause Button

With each update of Windows 10, it brings plenty of changes in its structure. If you are using latest version of Windows 10, then you can stop Windows 10 updates legally without any sort of hack or crack.All you have to do is just go to Windows 10  Settings > Updates and security.

You will already on Windows Update [1] page, or if not, then click it from left side menu. In the Update settings, there will be a option for Advanced options [2]. Click on it and it will brings you to advanced settings of Windows update.

How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?
How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?

Scroll down to the bottom and you will find a to Pause Updates section. Change toggle button from to  to pause Windows 10 updates. You can temporary pause updates for up to 35 days legally without any hack.

How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?
How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?

Stop Windows 10 Updates via Metered Connection

If you are using older version of Windows 10 or you are frustrated that you have to pause updates after 35 days as well, then here is one more ethical way to stop Windows 10 updates. Most of people, nowadays, use WiFi. We can easily disable updates by activating metered connection for our network and system.

  1. To do so, just open up Windows Settings and go to Network and Internet.

2. Now you have to click on  WiFi [1] from left side menu. Then, click on your connected WiFi Name [2].

As an example, Palraj Di Life is WiFi Name in my case. WiFi Name vary for every user.

How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?
How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?

3. Now, scroll down in your WiFi Settings and find Metered Connection section. Turn toggle ON  [3] to set metered connection.

How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?
How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?

You can set metered connection for every WiFi you usually use, such as school WiFi, office WiFi and home WiFi.

Stop Windows 10 Updates via Services

Yet another ethical way to stop Windows 10 updates is via disabling services for update. Fot this purpose, you need to follow below steps carefully.

1. Open Run by pressing + R.

2. Now type services.msc [1] in input box and click OK [2].

How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?
How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?

3. Scroll down to W and find Windows Update [3].

4. Right click on Windows Update and click on Properties [4].

How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?
How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?

5. In Windows Update Properties box, change Startup type Manual/Automatic to Disable [5]

How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?
How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?

6. At last, press OK button [6] to stop or disable Windows 10 updates. Now, all you have to do is just restart you computer.

Stop Windows 10 Updates via Group Policy Editor

You can also stop or disable Windows 10 updates by configuring group policy of Windows update. This is an another legit way to do stop updates. To do so,

1. Open Run by pressing + R.

2. Now type gpedit.msc [1] in input box and click OK [2].

How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?
How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?

3. In Group Policy Editor, click on Windows Update [3] from below path:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update

Make sure, do not expand Windows Updates, otherwise it will display other options. Simple click on Windows Update.

How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?
How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?

4. From right-side panel, click on Configure Automatic Updates [4] policy. Then, click on Edit Policy Setting [5] from the middle.

5. Now, you can do two things in Configure Automatic Update box. You can choose any of the below method.

First is, you can totally disable updates by changing option Not Configure to Disabled. Then, Restart your system.

Second is, you can configure it to more advance level. Such as, you can manual download and install updates. To do so, Change Not Configure to Enabled [A].

After enabling, from left-bottom option, choose “2 – Notify for download and notify for install” [B] for Configuring automatic updating. Then, click Apply [C] button and at last OK [D]. Restart your system to make things happen.

How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?
How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?

After restart, go to Windows Settings > Update and Security. Now, you can able to see a Download button in Windows Updates panel. This will give a ability to manually download and install updates.

How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?
How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?

Stop Windows 10 Updates via Registry Editor

1. Open Run by pressing + R.

2. Now type regedit in input box and click OK. Give administrator permission.

3. Navigate to below path in Registry Editor.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > Microsoft > Windows > WindowsUpdate > AU

4. Create a new “DWORD (32bit) Value” [2] registry with a name of AuOptions by right click > New [1].

How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?
How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?

5. Now, right click on newly created AuOptions registry and click on Modify. Or, Double click on it.

How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?
How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?

6. Change Value Data to 2 [3] and click OK

Restart your system and after restart, go to Windows Settings > Update and Security. Now, you can able to see a Download button in Windows Updates panel. This will give a ability to manually download and install updates.

How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?
How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?

Stop Windows 10 Updates via Microsoft’s Tool

Microsoft launched a tool to temporary hide updates named “Show or hide updates troubleshooter”. With the help of this tool, you can hide, disable or stop all updates or you can even hide specific update as well. Hit the below link to download Microsoft’s official tool.

Download Windows Update Troubleshooter

It is a simple small-size tool. Run it and check for updates. It will search for available updates and show you a list. Use  Checkbox to hide all or specific updates.

How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?
How to Stop Windows 10 Updates?

At last, hit OK and restart your system.

Stop Windows 10 Updates via Unofficial Tool

There is a tool available on GitHub named DWS (Destroy Windows Spying), created by user Nummer. This is an unofficial tool that plays with Windows terms and condition, so I will not recommend you to use this tool. But, if you decided to use it then you can download latest version of this tool from GitHub. The link is provided below.

Download DWS Tool

You can even uninstall pre-installed apps from your Windows 10 as well, such as Money, News, Camera and all other apps. Moreover, it also consist plenty of other small tools.

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