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Turn off Windows Updates in Windows 10

We can not stop or turn off Windows Updates in Windows 10 using the Control Panel or Settings app in Windows 10, as it used to be with earlier versions. But there is a method to disable or turn off Windows Update in Win. 10.

First, let us know why people may want to turn off Windows updates.

With Windows 8.1 and older versions, we had Windows Update giving us options to:

  • Install updates automatically (Recommended)
  • Download Updates but choose when to install them
  • Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them
  • Never check for updates (Not Recommended)

These options provided a way to defer updates until we had enough time to download and install them or to have them downloaded automatically and then install them at a time we wish. These functions are not available in Windows 10 Update & Security Settings.

Turn off Windows Updates in Windows 10

To stop automatic Windows Updates in Windows 10, you will have to:

  1. Disable Windows Update & Windows Update Medic Services
  2. Change WU settings using the Group Policy Editor
  3. Set your network connection to ‘Metered’
  4. Use a free tool that lets you disable automatic updates.

1. Disable Windows Update & Windows Update Medic Services

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You can disable the Windows Update Service via Windows Services Manager. In the Services window, scroll down and search for Windows Update and turn off the Service. To turn it off, Just right-click on the process, click on Properties and select Disabled. That will not install Windows Updates on your machine.

2.Change WU settings using the Group Policy Editor

Turn off Windows Updates in Windows 10

If your version of Windows 10 has Group Policies, you can also change settings using the Group Policy Editor. Run gpedit on your machine and navigate to the below policy setting:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components >and Windows Update.

On the right hand side, double-click on Configure Automatic Updates and make change its settings to suit your requirements.

3. Set your network connection to ‘Metered’

Setting your network connection to ‘Metered’, may also stop Windows 10 from automatically downloading the Updates. You can do it as follows – goto Settings > Network & Internet > WiFi > Advanced options. Move the slider to On position for Set as metered connection.

4. Use a free tool that lets you disable automatic updates.

StopUpdates10‘ helps you easily block Updates on Windows 10 with a single click. It also blocks WaaSMedic.exe.
Windows Update Blocker‘ effectively block all Windows 10 Updates and it also blocks WaaSMedicSVC.
Win Update Stop‘ is a freeware tool that allows you to disable Windows Updates on Windows 10/8/7 with a single click of the button.

Incidentally, Microsoft has released a tool called ‘Show or Hide’ Updates that allows users to hide or block specific as well as unwanted Windows Updates in Windows 10. Using it, you can stop downloading specific updates.

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