How To Disable Automatic Updates in Windows 10

Unlike previous versions of Windows, in Windows 10 it is not easy to disable automatic system updates (Windows Update). Before we could choose whether to download them automatically or not, when and how to install them. But in Windows 10 – unless we have the Enterprise version installed – the process is a bit complicated.

Since the Windows Update May 2019, the system already allows us to choose when we want to download and install the updates. However, Microsoft does not allow delaying updates indefinitely, forcing you to upgrade to new versions when the company stops supporting older versions. This is, for example, what will happen in late June with the Windows 10 update rolled out in April of last year (2018).

How to disable automatic updates in Windows 10

Luckily, although it is a little more complicated, we can still disable automatic updates in Windows 10. There are 3 different ways:

  • Disabling the Windows Update service.
  • Creating a group policy.
  • Enabling measured connections.

Disable Windows Update service

A somewhat tricky but quite effective method is to disable Windows Update from the services panel. Type “services” in Cortana, or right-click on the Windows start button, click “Run” and type “services.msc”. Both paths will lead us to the Windows services panel.

Now we just have to locate the service named “Windows Update”, double-click on it, mark the startup type as “Disabled” and save the changes.

Restart your computer and Windows will not download or install any updates again. If you want to go backwards you can always re-activate the service start type automatically. A little fancy but easy to carry out.

Disable updates by creating a group policy

Another option to get rid of automatic updates is to create a group policy with the GPE editor. Open the “Run” window again (you can press the “Windows” key + R to make it more comfortable) and type “gpedit.msc”.

Drop down the left menu until you reach “Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update” and right click on “Edit” in “Configure automatic updates”.

A new editing window will open in which you just have to check the “Disabled” option and apply the changes.

Restart your PC and goodbye to automatic updates.

Activate metered use connections

Go ahead that the latter pass only serves for wireless / WiFi connections. That is to say, it is mainly oriented to laptops. We just have to go to “Start -> Settings -> Network and Internet -> WiFi -> Advanced options” and activate “Connections for measured use”.

How to disable automatic app updates

If we want to continue receiving Windows 10 security patches and updates, we can also take an action that is halfway there, and that consists of disabling only automatic updates dedicated to applications.

To do this we just have to press the start button and open the Windows 10 “Store” application. Then we go to “Settings” within our user profile.

Once inside, we simply have to disable the option “Automatically update applications” .

Disabling Windows 10 automatic updates using a script

I want to take advantage of the last lines of this tutorial to add a new activation / deactivation method. In this case, it consists of creating a script that we will create in a simple text file.

Script to disable updates

To do this, we open the notebook and write the following command lines:

  • sc config wuauserv start = disable
  • sc config bits start = disable
  • sc config DcomLaunch start = disable
  • net start wuauserv
  • net stop wuauserv
  • net start bits
  • net stop bits
  • net stop DcomLaunch

Then we save the file and rename the extension from “.txt” to “.bat”. It is enough to run this file as Administrator so that the service that manages the updates (wuauserv) becomes disabled.

Script to reactivate updates

In the same way, we can also create another script that does the opposite, that is, reactivate the mentioned wuauserv service. The commands in this case:

  • sc config wuauserv start = auto
  • sc config bits start = auto
  • sc config DcomLaunch start = auto
  • net stop wuauserv
  • net start wuauserv
  • net stop bits
  • net start bits
  • net start DcomLaunch

Similarly, we save the file again and change the extension from “.txt” to “.bat”. We run it with administrator user permissions, and voila.

Final Word

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