How To Disable Automatic Updates in Windows 10

We will see in detail how to disable automatic updates in Windows 10.

Method 1: Disable Windows Update Service

Windows 10 has numerous services focused on allowing every action of the system to be carried out correctly.

The Windows Update service works in the background connecting to Microsoft’s servers in search of updates and, upon finding them, proceeds with their download and own installation.

To disable or stop this service, we will use the following key combination WIN + R and write the services.msc command and press Enter or OK.

Locate the “Windows Update” service, right click on it and select the “Properties” option:

Now, we can define the “Disabled” status in the “Startup type” field or stop the service by clicking on the “Stop” button. Click on Apply and Accept to save the changes.

Method 2: Disable Automatic Updates from the Group Policy Editor

This option only applies to Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise Editions and allows us to access the group’s local policies and configure them from there.

For this task, we will use the following key combination WIN + R and introduce the command gpedit.msc and press Enter.

Go the following route:

  • Computer Configuration
  • Administrative Templates
  • Windows Components
  • Windows Update

There, find the policy called “Configure Automatic Updates”:

Double click on it and in the open window we select “Disabled.” Again click on Apply and OK to save the changes.

Method 3: Disable Automatic Updates from Registry Editor

Another option we have is to use the registry editor, and for this, we must be cautious when using it since a bad configuration will affect the whole system.

To access it, we will use the following keys WIN + R and execute the regedit command.

Go to the following route:

If AU or WindowsUpdate keys aren’t present, you’ll need to create them manually.

Create a new DWORD value called “AUOptions.”

Double click on this value and in the field “Value information” set one of the following values:

  • 2: Notify for download and automatically install updates
  • 3: automatically download and notify for installation of updates
  • 4: Automatically download and schedule installation of updates
  • 5: Allow the local admin to configure these settings

Click OK, and we can exit the record editor.

Method 4: Disable Automatic Updates using the Command Prompt

The last available option is using the command prompt with admin rights.

Execute the following:

net stop wuauserv (Stop Windows Update Service)
net stop bits (Stop Background Intelligent Transfer Service)
net stop dosvc (Stop Delivery Optimization Service)

We can see that with one of the detailed methods it will be possible to deactivate the automatic updates in Windows 10 and in this way to optimize its performance even more.

You may also like to know: How To Turn Off Automatic Updates in Windows 10

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