With Windows 10, Microsoft made the system updates mandatory. If your device is running Windows 10, then it will be automatically updated, as soon as Microsoft releases an update. The idea is to keep users up to date and safe with the latest security patches installed. However, there are settings in place which will help you disable automatic updates in Windows 10 or delay it at best.
How to Disable Automatic Updates on Windows 10 PC
In the earlier version of Windows, it was in users hand to whether to download an update, install it or chuck it. But with Windows 10, things have changed. More or less nothing can be done about these automatic updates than delaying them, that too only if you are a Windows 10 Pro user. Folks using Windows 10 Home are helpless in this case. But worry not! We have you covered with some tricks to avoid these automatic updates.
Before we go ahead, we strictly recommend you always to download, and install the updates from Microsoft. They not only improve performance, security, and fixes bugs but also brings in new features. Let’s look at the tutorial.
- Set Ethernet as Metered connection
- Pause or Delay Feature Updates for a year
- Microsoft Update blocker tool
- Group Policy Editor
1] Using Metered Connection
Windows 10 by default treats any WiFI as unmetered. If you ever connect to any mobile hotspot, you can manually turn this on to avoid heavy downloads. We will use the same trick to set a connection metered. Follow the steps below:
- Go to Settings> Network & Internet> WiFi
- Click on Advanced Options which appears below the list of Wi-Fi networks
- Toggle the Set as Metered Connection switch to On.
Next, go to Settings > Update and Security > Advanced Options > Toggle off option which says “Download updates over metered connection”
Now, Windows will think that you have a limited internet connection. It will stop downloading updates to your system. However, as soon as you connect to a different wifi network, it will download the updates.
Note: This step works with a WiFi network, and not when you’re using Data Card, Ethernet, or a broadband connection.
2] Pause or Delay Feature Updates for a year
While updates are mandatory, you can still pause, defer, and delay it for an extended period. Go to Update and Security, and one of the prominent options is to Pause updates for seven days.
Go to Advanced options, and here you can
- Pause Updates for over a month
- Feature Updates or the new updates can be stalled for 365 days
- Quality updates can be delayed by 30 days.
3] Using the Microsoft Update Blocker Tool
Using this tool, you can hide updates, and Windows will not install hidden updates automatically.
- Download and install “Show or hide updates” from here.
- Run the tool, and it will search for available updates and allow them to be hidden.
- Click on Hide updates> select the updates you want to hide, and these Windows will not be installed automatically.
- Under Hidden Updates, you will find the updates you have hidden already. You can unhide them from here, and they will not install them automatically.
4] Using Group Policy Editor
In Windows 10, the option to disable automatic updates is invisible by default. But by this simple trick, you can make that option show up and prevent your Windows 10 PC from downloading updates automatically.
- Launch Cortana and type gpedit.msc or press Windows + R to launch Run and type the same.
- Click on Computer Configuration and select Administrative Templates.
- Now click on All Settings and scroll down and select Configure Automatic Updates.
- Under Configure Automatic Updates set the Configuration update to Enabled and choose how you want to handle the updates under Options. Like, Notify for download and notify for install or Auto download and notify for install.
- To revert, click on Not Configured under same Configure Automatic Updates menu.
These are some of the methods which can prevent your Windows 10 computer from downloading updates automatically, helping you save your data. Let us know in the comments if we have missed any.