Attempts of hacking are on the verge; It is smart to have your device fully strengthened up and upgraded to latest version. With the advent of Windows 10, Microsoft has deliberately chosen to take the extreme route by force updating that may result in unusual restarts and work losses. Many people may be wondering if it is possible to disable automatic Windows updates in Windows 10. An updated PC is less vulnerable to attacks. Windows automatic updates are usually a good thing, but sometimes it may get irritating. If your system runs Windows 10, depending on edition, it is still possible to regain some control over it and stop automatic updates with the help of using either of the policy, the Local Group Policy or the metered network trick.
Blocking automatic updates with the help of Local Group Policy
If you run Windows 10 Pro, then you may use Local Group Policy editor for changing the settings. It will help in preventing your device from downloading and installing automatic updates.
- Press Windows key+R to Open Run command.
- Enter gpedit.msc and tap OK.
- You will now get to Local Group Policy Editor.
- Browse through the below command
- Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update.
- Hit twice the Configure Automatic Updates policy on the right side.
- Check the Disabled option for turning off the policy.
- Hit the Apply button.
- Tap the OK button.
So now you are ready for a new experience of Windows 10. It will not install the updates itself. If you want to download and install any other update itself, then you need to do it manually.
- Go to Settings.
- Go to Update and Security.
- Say yes to Windows Update.
The metered network trick
If you have an old Home version of Windows 10, you can stop automatic updates by lying to your operating system. This worked only with a Wi-Fi network in older versions of Windows 10 but in version 1703 and later LAN can take part as well. Just tell Windows that you have a metered connection to the Internet. This can download many bits per month without an increase in your ISP bill. According to Microsoft- Some updates for Windows won’t get installed automatically, and some of them may not work according to the expectation. For telling the windows that you have a metered connection:
- Choose Start>Settings>Network and Internet.
- Choose the Wi-Fi or the Ethernet tab in the left side.
- Choose the name of your connection in the main pane.
- Turn On the metered connection on the next screen.
Do this for any network you use because the setting is set as per the network.