How to Change Automatic Windows Update to Manual in Windows 10 PC

Windows 10 is one of the best operating system launched by Microsoft and most of the new computers are coming with the pre-installed version of it now a days. It offers great features and functionalities, but one thing seems a bit annoying, especially to those people who have upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 in the past couple of months that it doesn’t let you download Windows update manually.

If you go to

  • Settings
  • Then Update and Security

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  • Once you open it, click on Windows Update

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  • And now Advance options

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Then you won’t find any option to configure Windows Update manually over there. However, after the Anniversary Update users can take off updates for other Microsoft products.

Since the Windows 10 computer receives automatic updates from Microsoft automatically, lots of internet data gets finished unnecessarily, which is not suitable for those who use it on mobile, tablet or have a small pack with limited data. There is one more issue that if the bandwidth is low and operating system insists to download Automatic Updates in the background then the system starts running very slow.

Although, there is a way to stop automatic updates entirely in Pro version, let’s have a look at the steps given below.

  • Hold the Windows key and press R to open Run Box
  • Type gpedit.msc and press OK

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  • You can also open Cortana and type edit group policy then select it
  • Local Group Policy Editor window will open up, click on Computer Configuration
  • Click on Administrative Templets
  • Go to All Settings
  • Find Configure Automatic Updates from the list and click on it twice
  • Another box will open up, Select Radio button for Disabled and click on OK

If you make this change, then your system will never check for Windows updates online and you won’t receive them unless you change the settings again. Getting Automatic updates back is not so easy too.

There is another way to receive notifications on the system and receive them manually.

  • Once again open Local Group Policy Editor via Cortana or Run
  • Click on Computer Configuration
  • Select Administrative Templets
  • Go to Windows Components
  • Click on Windows Updates
  • Select Configure Automatic Updates from the list and click on it
  • Select Radio button for Enable
  • Under Options, select Notify for download and notify for install
  • Schedule Install day and time as per your choice
  • Click on OK

This optionĀ brings the functionality of the previous operating system back for Windows updates, Though, you cannot open group policy editor in Windows 10 Home edition, but as we mentioned earlier, there are certain options available in Settings > Update and Security > Windows update > Advance options that can be used to avoid installation of irrelevant updates from Microsoft.

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