Want to turn off automatic updates on Windows 10 permanently or temporarily? Discover here all the options to block or defer them.
For obvious reasons, we do not recommend turn off Windows 10 updates. They allow your PC to receive security patches that correct existing vulnerabilities. They legally improve the performance and stability of the system. Microsoft is also going beyond a simple recommendation in terms of updates.
The Redmond firm has made every effort to ensure that users apply the patches whenever they are available. There is therefore no longer, unlike previous versions of the system, an option in the settings to disable Windows 10 updates the easiest way. However, there are alternative routes. You are given all the options to disable or pause updates.
The easiest for those who don’t like to get their hands dirty is to define the connection as limited. This method is only applicable to the WiFi network. Ethernet cable connections are therefore not affected. You can also pause updates by choosing when the system is allowed to download and install again.
Finally, for those who prefer the radical method which we do not recommend, it is also possible to permanently disable updates through the registry. This is the only way to do it under Windows 10. The OS does not have a deactivation button to stop updates at will.
Block Windows 10 updates by setting WiFi connection as limited
At the same time, this is one of the few valid reasons that might cause a user to turn off updates to Windows 10. If you use your mobile data often in sharing Internet in WiFi from your smartphone and do not have an unlimited plan, this option allows you to save your data by limiting the consumption of bandwidth to a minimum. Note that this option still allows some critical security updates to pass.
To set a connection as restricted:
- Go to Settings> Network and Internet> WiFi> Manage known networks;
- Select the Wi-Fi network> Properties;
- On the page that opens, activate the option Set as limited connection.
Pause updates in Windows 10
One of the problems with Windows 10 updates is that they can come when you don’t want them. If you want to devote all of your bandwidth to a one-time activity like online video gaming, you can choose to temporarily turn off updates. That is to say, pause them.
Temporary deactivation can be done over a period of up to 35 days. It also helps prevent unexpected restarts, even if the system always allows you to postpone the restart time. To pause updates, follow these steps.
- Go to Settings;
- Click on Update & Security;
- Click on Windows Update then on the Advanced options button;
- In the “Pause Updates” sections, use the drop-down menu to select the date to resume updates. (Interruption of 35 days maximum).
Disable Windows 10 Updates
We now come to the ultimate solution which not only allows turn off Windows 10 automatic updates. Better yet, you can also choose to receive notifications when new patches are available. It will therefore be up to you to download them in due course. The trick goes through the registry.
- Type regedit in the Windows search bar and click okay to open the registry
- Take the following path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Policies Microsoft Windows
- Right click on the Windows key (folder), select New, then click Key
- Name the new key Windows Update and press Enter, if it does not already exist
Right click on the newly created key, select New, then click Key
- Name the new key AT and press Enter
- Right click on AT, select New and click on DWORD value (32 bit)
- Name the new key NoAutoUpdate and press Enter
- Double click NoAutoUpdate and change its value from 0 to 1.
- Press on Ok and restart your computer.
Windows Update will no longer automatically install updates for Windows 10 now. However, you can still download and install updates manually from the Update Center. Just do a search and proceed to download the packages and then install.